Game on!

Devon Life - - Devon Life Food And Drink Awards -

As the evenings be­gin to draw in and Hallowe’en beck­ons, our thoughts nat­u­rally turn to a more ro­bust style of cook­ing for the au­tumn months. Game birds in­stead of chicken, and or­chard fruits like ap­ples, pears and quinces in­stead of sum­mer berries.

It’s been such a bril­liant - and seem­ingly un­end­ing sum­mer - that this year we’ll no­tice the au­tum­nal chill and the chang­ing of the sea­sons more sharply than usual. Like the mi­grat­ing birds of the Exe es­tu­ary, it’s time for a change of per­spec­tive…

‘Root veg­eta­bles, pump­kins and gourds are in boun­ti­ful sup­ply, adding deep au­tumn colours to the food from our kitchen’

Oc­to­ber tra­di­tion­ally her­alds the game sea­son, of­fer­ing up a host of pos­si­bil­i­ties for au­tumn menus. Across the wa­ter from Lymp­stone Manor, shoots are start­ing to take place on the Pow­der­ham Es­tate.

In the UK, game - an­i­mals hunted for food - in­cludes rab­bits, pheas­ants, grouse, geese, ducks and deer. Un­like some com­mer­cially-reared an­i­mals, the meat from wild an­i­mals, when pre­pared prop­erly, is in­cred­i­bly healthy and nu­tri­en­trich. The nat­u­ral diet and healthy free-range lifestyle of game also comes through in its taste. This month, I’m shar­ing with you my recipe for wild duck salad - an ideal dish to tran­si­tion from light sum­mer sal­ads to the earth­ier tastes of early au­tumn.

Of course, it’s har­vest time too. In the fields, root veg­eta­bles, pump­kins and gourds are in boun­ti­ful sup­ply, adding deep au­tumn colours to the food from our kitchen. What taste could epit­o­mise au­tumn more than a per­fectly-sea­soned pump­kin risotto? Nearby Dart’s Farm is one of our trusted sup­pli­ers and we’re look­ing for­ward to pair­ing the flavours of sea­sonal pro­duce fresh from the field with some ro­bust red wines.

2018 is set to be a fan­tas­tic year for wine grow­ers across Europe with grape har­vests flour­ish­ing after a long sum­mer of sun. This month, Lymp­stone Manor is host­ing a month-long cel­e­bra­tion of fine French wines, be­gin­ning with our Bur­gundy Evening on Wednes­day, 10 Oc­to­ber - a se­lec­tion of out­stand­ing wines from this clas­sic French re­gion, matched with a five-course tast­ing menu.

On Thurs­day 1 Novem­ber, we’re hold­ing an event to cel­e­brate an­other of France’s great wine re­gions, Bordeaux, where 120,000 hectares of vine­yard pro­duce some of the world’s most sought-after vin­tages.

This year, we’re ex­cited to see the first year of growth in our own fledg­ling vine­yard - bring­ing one step closer my long-held dream of a sparkling wine cre­ated on the banks of the Exe es­tu­ary. lymp­stone­manor. co.uk Fol­low this link for my wild duck salad recipe on the Devon Life web­site - tinyurl. com/y8s25hb4

Ev­ery month, ex­clu­sive to Devon Life, top chef brings us the lat­est from his ho­telMichael Caines

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