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#46 cabrales

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 12:56 PM

I have wanted to buy a duck press for a while. I learned from Lucas Carton that they sold the duck press they used to have in their dining room to another customer, and I was too late. This one looks kind of "squat", but the price is not bad currently.

I was intrigued by the duck press displays on the ground floor of La Tour d'Argent, and I plan to go back in the next few years to get my second duck number.

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 01:38 PM

Yes, this is a very cheap price at the moment, an it would look better cleaned up. But, actually I prefer the look of the brass numbers.

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#48 alexhills

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 10:53 AM

Success on the woodcock front at last!! Got one from Wyndhams at Borough yesterday. I had to ask about it, then the guy went into the storeroom and brought one out, wings still attached and feathers on. Watching him prepare it was pretty interesting, took out the eyes and tucked the beak through the thighs. It was 8.50 and he was embarrased that they cost that much so he threw in a partridge for free!! Nice guy and the quality of the birds there is always superb - also beautifully prepped and presented.

I gave it a simple roast after searing it in butter, put some of the trail in a brandy/wine/demiglace sauce and the rest on toast. I gave it 18 minutes in a very hot oven, and it came out still a little pink, although a hair more done than I would have liked. I thought the bird was very good rather than great, the fragrance of grouse remains the ultimate game taste for me. I enjoyed the much whiter meat around the legs and the interesting slightly fatty layer between the legs and back, not something I've noticed in other birds so much. I loved the slightly metallic/ammoniac tinge of the trail - wonderful - but wasn't so blown away by the brain, I was expecting it to be a bit jucier and gelatinous. A great experience allround though. I think I need to eat a restaurant version to give me some comparison....

I think my count for the season is:

Partridge 10 or so
Mallard 1
Grouse 2
Teal 1
Wood Pidgeon 2
Woodcock 1

Not long to go though.
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#49 Maurice Naughton

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 12:47 PM

I've been thrashing around through my notebooks for a while and I finally found this. It's in quotes, so I must have stolen it from someone: "Pochard, Gadwall, Goldeneye, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveller, Teal, Tufted Duck and Wigeon
are the [duck] species shot in Britain."

I suppose none of them but teal and mallard are available in the US. Anybody know of mail-order sources for others?
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#50 ranitidine

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 05:16 PM

Of all those mentioned, Maurice, only Pochard is not found in the wild in North America. In fact, we have two species of teal and two of goldeneye. However, I would think many of them would taste too fishy to eat. Goldeneye would be one such example.
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Posted 30 January 2006 - 03:38 PM

Alex, I am so jealous. During the years I lived in Soho, the game selection at Randall and Aubin was so splendid that I would eat a bird a week throughout the season. :blush:
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:32 PM

Not just squirrels and rats anymore:

http://evgrieve.com/...n-tompkins.html

sandwiches that are large and filling and do not contain tuna or prawns


#53 Wilfrid

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:34 PM

Fetch ma gun!

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 01:41 AM

Reason to be cheerful:

 

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sandwiches that are large and filling and do not contain tuna or prawns


#55 Wilfrid

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 01:57 AM

What is "a brace"? :)

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 02:31 AM

I tried to get a proper hanging brace picture but there was some discontent about them bleeding on the floor. 


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#57 Orik

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 02:40 PM

These were awesome. Right up there with the best I've had in France.

 

The importer gave them to me at a good price (if you're a Brit you'll still find it shockingly high - $30) because they were somewhat larger than what restaurants like to buy, but I didn't think that accounted for the extra punch, so I asked him how come they were so much better than what I've gotten from d'Artagnan before. He said he couldn't refer to any specific importer (even though this guy knows everything and everyone in the high end food biz) but that it's likely that all game birds making it to the US come from "game farms" that feed the birds so they don't fly much and then process the catch as if it were commodity chicken, while he only buys certified wild game - innards, blood, and feathers intact. 


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#58 Evelyn

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 03:41 AM

Did you get them in NYC or Tokyo?



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Posted 17 November 2014 - 04:01 AM

Tokyo. They now ship grouse, woodcock, rock pigeon, partridge, bear (until the local season opens), colvert, pheasant, teal, and they'll bring hare over by special order. 


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#60 Evelyn

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 04:18 AM

What restaurants would you recommend for game--especially red fleshed birds--in December?