I'm not a Pheasant Plucker!

Pheasants ready for preparation

The tongue twister continues:

I'm not a pheasant plucker,
I'm a pheasant plucker's son.
I am only plucking pheasants
till the pheasant plucker comes.

Longer versions exist but enough of all that. Why am I ranting on about a tongue twister? Well, its my way of trying to start this post so that its actually a little bit interesting

You see, I saw my mate and his family in the pub on Friday night and he asked if I wanted a brace of Pheasants. A colleague of his, who shoots regularly, had given him 3 brace.

Now, I'm the only one in our house that eats the stuff and, given my policy of only cooking 1 main course per meal, pheasant tends to dwell at the bottom of the freezer for ages. I was going to politely decline his generous offer when one of those little men that sit on your shoulder at times like this whispered in my ear, “Take 'em. It's Free Food. Take 'em you idiot, you'll think of something to do with them. Maurice will probably take pity on you and bring them ready dressed.”

Maurice duly arrived at about 5pm yesterday with two superb birds – pheasants that is. Needless to say my dream of them being oven-ready was just that. kindly helped out by reminding me that we were due at my nephews in an hour's time, and that she expected them 'out of the way' before we went. Oh well, such is life! I decided that in the interests of marital harmony I would just 'breast them'. Ten minutes later they were done and ready for the freezer:

Pheasants ready for the freezer
Why didn't I just leave them until today? Well, last time I tried to leave game overnight I got told that they had to 'be done' before the kids got up. I ended up plucking partridge at 1 am in the morning!


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