Youngsters game for winning pheasant recipes
Pheasant recipes devised by Seahouses schoolchildren during an innovative day to teach them about local food have taken pride of place on the menu of The Bamburgh Castle Inn.
Year Seven pupils from Seahouses Middle School spent a day learning about game, how it is reared and how it is used to create delicious meals. At the end of ‘Pheasant Day’, the children were challenged to come up with their own pheasant-based recipes, with the best ones being chosen for inclusion on The Bamburgh Castle Inn’s special board.
Diners will be able to sample Eleanor Brown’s Pheasant with Bacon and Roasted figs and Ella Cavener’s Surprise Pie, which contains pheasant breast in a mustard and cider vinegar sauce. The two recipes were chosen by The Bamburgh Castle Inn's head chef, David Barella, who came up with the Pheasant Day concept to give youngsters a unique insight into where their food comes from.
He said: “It was just too difficult to choose one winning recipe because the children had such great, inventive ideas that really showed off pheasant as a versatile and healthy ingredient.
“Game is a great ingredient to cook with because it is so versatile and it is a real taste of Northumberland. We have game on our menu as often as possible when it is in season and the two dishes created by Eleanor and Ella have proved a real hit with diners.”
The Bamburgh Castle Inn has strong links to the community and frequently works with Seahouses Middle School on initiatives to teach children about food and cookery.
The Pheasant Day gave children the opportunity to see pheasants in their natural surroundings at the nearby Ellingham shoot, managed by Colin Rutter, and learn about how they are raised.
Back at The Bamburgh Castle Inn, the group learned how a pheasant is prepared for cooking and tasted four different game dishes. In many cases, it was the first time they had tried game.
David said: “So much has already been done to show children the concept of field to fork eating with beef, lamb and pork, but many of the children just weren’t aware of game.
“The whole exercise was important too, because it encourages the children to respect any food source that that has been reared for them to eat.”
Seahouses Middle School head teacher, Pat Adamson, said: “All the children had great fun creating their own pheasant recipes for the competition, and the whole process fitted in brilliantly with the food technology part of their curriculum.
“Ella and Eleanor were delighted when their recipes were chosen, and we hope everyone who tries their dishes will get as much pleasure eating them as the children did creating them.”
Diners will be able to tuck into hearty Northumberland game-based dishes at the Bamburgh Castle Inn throughout the game season.