CHRISTMAS MINCEMEAT Makes 5 to 6 x 12oz jars 450g apples, grated (cooking or eating apples) 180g Grierson's organic beef suet
, minced 225g sultanas 225g currants 225g raisins 110g candied peel 115g dried cranberries 3 lemons, zest and juice 4 tsp mixed spice 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp grated nutmeg 6 tbsp whisky 1.
Into this is mixed chopped offal from the "pluck", which is the liver, heart and lung, as well as beef suet
, onions, black pepper, salt and gravy.
For ground meat and sausage, pork fat or beef suet
for the suet crust: 300g/11oz self raising flour, 1tsp baking powder, salt and white pepper, 150g/5oz beef suet
, cold water.
MINCE PIES makes about 40 pies125g/4 1 /2oz sultanas 250g/9oz raisins 125/4 1 /2oz currants 250g/9oz moscovado sugar 250g/9oz Demerara sugar 25ml/1fl oz brandy 50g/2oz marmalade 50g/2oz mixed peel250g/9oz vegetable or beef suet
one orange, zest and juice one lemon, zest and juice one cooking apple, peeled, cored and sliced 25g/1oz butterpastry: 250g/9oz plain flour; 125g/4 1 /2oz butter; 125g/4 1 /2oz sugar; 1 1 /2 eggs1.
Myth - Vegetable suet is much better for you than beef suetFalse: Vegetable suet is suitable for vegetarians but it's just as high in fat as beef suet
, and contains as much saturated fat.
Bacon or pork fat isn't bad but my idea of the best fat for ground deer is beef suet
which is seldom on display in a supermarket, but probably available if you ask for it.
For vegetarians, there are also vegetable-based alternatives to shredded beef suet
For the trotter gear: 3 trotters 2 red onions, peeled and halved 2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped 2 ribs celery, coarsely chopped 2 leeks, coarsely chopped 1 head garlic, cloves separated and peeled 2 spring thyme 2 bay leaves 12 black peppercorns 1 cup Maderia 1 quart chicken stock For the pie filling: 1 ounce duck fat 14 shallots, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 pound smoked loin of pork, cut into cubes Game (either pigeons, 1 3 pound grouse, 2 pheasants, 1 hare or 2 wild rabbits) 1/2 bottle red wine 17 1/2 ounces trotter gear, from above Chicken stock, as needed Salt one; freshly ground black pepper to taste For the suet dough: 5 ounces beef suet
finely chopped 9 ounces self-rising flour Pinch salt Water, as needed To serve: 1.
HERBY DUMPLINGS Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 100g self-raising flour A large pinch baking powder - tsp salt 50g shredded beef suet
The leaves from 2 sprigs thyme Approx.
For quite one month," Carver later wrote, "I lived on prayer, beef suet
and cornmeal, and quite often being without the suet and meal.