A friend brought me round an interesting present (vegetarians, look away now!) - a brace of pheasants which he had shot.
It made me realise how much we rely on someone else sorting out our food for us - cleaning it and packaging it. I have no idea how to pluck a pheasant and so I carried them down Winchester High Street to the butcher's. Sadly, it was shut - and so I had to trudge back with feathers flapping in the gathering gale (theirs, not mine).
They're rather sweet, aren't they?
Eventually, I drove them to a nearby village where as I write, they are being prepared by someone who knows what they're doing - and I shall collect them tomorrow.
Anyone have any good pheasant recipes?