Cook­ery: shoot day menu

Cold weather and com­fort food warm the cock­les, says Philippa Davis, of­fer­ing a trio of recipes that are ideal for sus­tain­ing guns and guests on shoot days

The Field - - Country Estate -

The best part of creep­ing into au­tumn and hav­ing shorter days and cooler nights is that it gives us the per­fect ex­cuse to start cook­ing com­fort food unashamedly. Cakes, pies and spiced sweet treats are all prac­ti­cally di­etary re­quire­ments. This sort of fare is ideal on shoot days, help­ing to keep morale high, the cold away and sus­tain guns for the later drives. So, this month I give you an ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of hearty recipes to try that will warm you up on the chill­i­est days.

The spiced squash bread can be eaten at any time of day, as a snack at elevenses or it makes a great ac­com­pa­ni­ment to a bowl of au­tum­nal soup. The ap­ple and car­rot cake is sat­is­fy­ingly rich and sweet so per­fect for your shoot tea in the af­ter­noon.

My pheas­ant pie laced with madeira is rich and creamy, and this recipe shows you an ex­cel­lent cook­ing method to en­sure the meat stays moist and ten­der.

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