Dinner on Christmas Day – Thinly sliced Smoked Venison

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Anthony Sargeant cooked this very simple and modest meal for dinner on Christmas Day. The cherrywood smoked venison was cooked surrounded by garlic cloves sous vide at a low temperature and then finished in hot pan in cold-pressed rape-seed oil. After resting the individual venison portion of just 80g was thinly sliced and plated as shown. It was served with the halved garlic cloves, cubes of celeriac, carrots, brussel sprouts, and baked potatoes. The relish at 11 o’clock in the photograph is home-made pickled damsons stoned and in their own syrup. The sauce on and around the venison was manufactured from previously home-made (defrosted) chicken and beef stock with damson vinegar added to sharpen the taste. A surprisingly and charmingly light meal and unlike so many peoples idea of ‘Christmas dinner’ – it left one feeling satisfied but not bloated.

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Flooded fields in Shropshire

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This photograph was taken looking south from the B4368 road at Broadstone, in Shropshire, England, by Anthony Sargeant. In the background are the Clee Hills with The Brown Clee to the left. In the immediate foreground can just be seen the River Corve as it winds its way along the river valley. The fields beyond the river have flooded after heavy rain the night before. The ancient system of strip farming long since abandoned has nevertheless marked the landscape leaving what in dry weather are imperceptible ridges but these become apparent when the flood water lies in the strips once ploughed and sowed with crops alternating strip by strip and year by year.

Ancient Yew Tree on Wenlock Edge

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This ancient Yew tree was photographed by Anthony Sargeant just off the foot path that runs along the top of Wenlock Edge in Shropshire, England. It has a diameter in excess of two metres and must have grown undisturbed in its remote location for hundreds if not thousands of years. via Ancient Yew Tree on Wenlock […]

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Salt Cod Gratin

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Anthony Sargeant had wondered what it was like to cook a great Portuguese delicacy dry salt cod. One can understand the reasons for preserving fish in this way (the dry salted cod can be stored without a refrigerator for many months). It needs prolonged soaking and rinsing to rehydrate it before cooking. In this case […]

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