Warm Wood Pigeon and Stornoway Black Pudding Salad
1 breast of pigeon
50g Stornoway black pudding
20g puy lentils cooked
20g pancetta cut into lardons
75g mixed leaves
Aged Balsamic vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
Heat non stick frying pan with a teaspoon of oil then add the pancetta. Cook for 3-4 minutes over a moderate heat until golden in colour. Pour off some of the fat, season pigeon and add to the hot pan. Seal pigeon well on both sides for 2 minutes each. If necessary place into a hot oven 180°c for a maximum of 2-3 minutes on an oven proof tray. Take out and allow to rest.
In the same pan add black pudding and cook for a minute on each side or until cooked, again if necessary place into hot oven for 2 minutes to make sure it is cooked.
Now warm lentils in this pan and add the pancetta.
Dress leaves with a drizzle of balsamic and oil, crumble in the black pudding, lentils and pancetta and place in the centre of a bowl or plate. Slice pigeon and place on top.
Breast and Leg of Partridge with Pickled Blackberry, Sorrel Emulsion, Pearl Barley and Jus
100g pearl barley
150g celeriac juice, kombu
50g apple juice
Pinch of vitamin C and Xanthan gum
100ml good port and madeira
Pinch of sugar
Maldon salt and freshly ground
0.5l of chicken stock
First of all prepare the birds: remove the breasts with skin on. Heat a little oil with garlic, rosemary and thyme and then marinade the breasts
Roll up the legs, cook sous vide for 30 minutes at 62C and chill down straight away
For the emulsion combine freshly made apple juice from cox and granny smith apples together with washed sorrel, vitamin C and Xanthan gum. Pass it, then season up with a bit of good quality chardonnay vinegar. Keep at room temperature.
Break down the carcasses and pan roast them in bit of oil to achieve a nice golden brown colour.
Deglaze with blackberry vinegar and then with chicken stock again and again until syrup consistency is achieved. Pass it and season up with bit of wine reduction, salt, pepper, bruised garlic and winter herbs. Pass it once again and keep warm.
Cook the pearl barley in celeriac juice until soft. Infuse with a bit of kombu and serve as a risotto style.
Finally after marinating the breasts, cook then in a water bath at 55C for 6 minutes then pan roast with garlic and herbs to achieve nice caramelisation. Rest and serve with blackberries and sorrel leaf.
Recipe by Martin Zahumenksy – Game Chef of the Year Winner 2015