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The slow cooker chef: Recipe for lazy, tasty Pheasant and Venison casserole à la Beastley

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The slow cooker chef: Recipe for lazy, tasty Pheasant and Venison casserole à la Beastley

Sometimes I have to accept a decorating job that I don’t want. I sense on the initial visit that I will not be happy there and make my excuses. I can’t say, “I don’t like you and I don’t want to work for you.” So I explain apologetically that I have a one year waiting list at the moment. Sometimes I treble my quote. The ‘bad job’ radar blipped on my reccy visit to a couple that I will call The Beastleys. They were just a bit too charming and gushy. I trebled my hourly rate and placed them at the...

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Pheasant stew with mushrooms, oven baked shallots and Puy lentils recipe

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Pheasant stew with mushrooms, oven baked shallots and Puy lentils recipe

This is the first time that The Cottage Smallholder has participated in a blog event. ‘Waiter There’s Something In My…’ is hosted across three great sites. The first theme is stews. *See the bottom of this post for the link to the details. Tasty pheasant dishes needn’t be rich to be good. This stew is packed with flavour and is good to eat at this stage in the season when you might be beginning to suffer from a surfeit of rich game dishes. We call this condition Pheasantitis. The only remedy is to freeze the birds...

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