Bullshot

The nights are drawing in, there’s a chill in the air, and the shooting season is finally in full swing. Yes, it’s definitely getting autumnal!

One of the longest running debates in shooting is surely the recipe for the perfect bullshot – a warming concoction of beef consommé, spice, and a splash (or glug) of alcohol.

I must admit that I currently keep it quite simple myself. Ready made beef consommé (replaced by venison or game stock if I have any to hand) is livened up with a few splashes of Worcester sauce and a hit of Tobasco for a warming finish. A good grind of pepper goes in along with a spot of booze – usually sherry, largely as we rarely have vodka in the house. When we do, the ladies are round and it doesn’t last long…

It’s also not unheard of for the consommé to be replaced by some Bovril – but that is a trick I save purely for when I’m wrapped up in front of the fire of an evening, and the switch is enacted for ease.

Frank Boddy, the enigmatic host of the Ripley Castle shoot, has a particularly renowned (and complex) recipe for bullshot. He must be on to something, as the result is often spoken of in hushed tones by those in the know. (Check out his recipe here).

However you make it, it warms you up nicely. The interplay between the savoury notes of the stock and a warming kick from the Tobasco is spot-on during a cold elevenses, and absolutely perfect with a good quality pork pie or sausage roll.

Siparium Sporting’s New Blog

Shooting ProfileWelcome!  As I’m sure is patently obvious to most, this is the first post on our new blog!  My name is Simon, and I’m the founder and sporting agent at Siparium Sporting.

Siparium Sporting is a small sporting agency based in Cirencester in the Cotswolds.  We provide a bespoke service to our shooting clients and also offer consultancy services to shoot owners.  The ethos of the agency is built around the enjoyment of shooting, camaraderie, and maximising the conservational benefits which shooting can bring to an area.  Our very first project was working with a beautiful grouse moor in North Yorkshire – developing a syndicate of like-minded guns so as to provide the funding for a focused recovery and regeneration project.  If we can manage that, we can help you too!

We hope that this blog will help to give you an insight into what we do and what we can offer.  Even better if you find it interesting as well as informative along the way.  As well as posting about what we’re getting up to on the shoots, we anticipate that the blog will provide us an opportunity to share all of our passions to do with shooting.  From cooking to conservation and guns to gundogs.

First up, tomorrow, will be our ultimate pheasant stew!  I’m a firm believer that we should lead the way as keen shooters and eat plenty of game.  If you hang the birds for just a day or two, this recipe is a great way to introduce friends to the wonderful world of game.

Forthampton First Drive