Here at Siparium Sporting, we feel that the rather difficult issue of Chris Packham’s recent videos must be touched upon. In these videos, currently circulating around social media, he calls (yet again, Ed.) for the banning of driven Grouse shooting. He also calls grouse which are sold in the supermarket chains M&S and Iceland as ‘toxic’.
Now, Mr Packham is of course entitled to his own opinion as is everyone, but he consistently ignores the hard evidence put before him by organisation such as the Countryside Alliance, BASC, the National Gamekeepers Organisation, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Moorland Association. It seems almsot unbelievable that he would create such ill-informed and biased videos that fly in the face of scientifically credible evidence.
So… what can we do to help? The most important tool we have is to educate ourselves with as much information from both sides of the debate. Doing this will develop a well rounded understanding the topics and issues that face not just grouse shooting but all types of country pursuits. Furthermore, if you happen to come across a person who has a different point of view you can have a civil conversation with them and explain to them the HUGE benefit both to the environment and to the economy these activities generate. Rather than having a screaming match and calling each other names, theses confrontations should be used by us the sporting enthusiast to educate and make these people understand why we enjoy the sport and the benefits it can produce.
Ed. Andrew suggested including a link to Mr Packham’s latest video or the Countryside Alliance’s recent release regarding the topic… Here is the latter suggestion: CLICK HERE and also CLICK HERE
We also highly recommend arming yourself with the knowledge contained within the GWCT’s Berwyn Report: CLICK HERE
It’s the evening of the Glorious Twelfth. The lucky few have returned from enjoying the greatest date on a sportsman’s calendar. Now, what to do with those fresh, new season grouse? Give them a few days of hanging and there’s little wrong with a traditional roast with bread sauce and game chips. But the sun’s been out, and what better to show off the delicacy of fresh grouse than a nice summery salad?
Topping a Waldorf salad with some beautifully roasted grouse is something a little different, but absolutely delicious.
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 1 grouse
- Streaky bacon
- 50g red grapes
- 50g walnuts
- 2 eating apples
- 2 sticks of celery
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise (replace with yogurt if on a health kick)
- Cider vinegar
- Salt and black pepper
- Juniper berries and thyme (optional)
- Drape some streaky bacon over your grouse and sear in an oven proof pan before placing in an oven at 200°C for approximately 16 minutes. For a greater depth of flavour put some juniper berries and thyme in the bird’s cavity before roasting.
- Once the grouse is cooked remove from the oven. On a baking sheet spread out the grapes and walnuts. Remove the bacon from the grouse and chop into 2cm squares, add these to the grapes and walnuts before putting the tray into the oven for a few minutes. This intensifies the grapes, draws out some wonderful oil from the walnuts and crisps up the bacon for a nice crunchy texture.
- Chop the celery and apples into chunks and mix with a couple of handfuls of lettuce. Mix the mayonnaise with a splash of cider vinegar and plenty of seasoning.
- Throw the celery, apples, lettuce, grapes, and walnuts into a bowl. Mix together along with the mayonnaise based dressing.
- Carve the grouse, it should still be pink.
- Dish up the salad and top with the grouse.
We hope you enjoy this as much as we did if you give it a go. Why not experiment with a few different salad options? Beetroot is perfect with grouse – throw some into a simple salad and top with grouse and a pomegranate dressing for another delicious summery dish.
The summer of 2015 has been a fairly busy one for those of us here at Siparium Sporting. Andrew has been off to New Zealand to explore some antipodean sporting opportunities, meanwhile, back in the UK we’ve been busy working to bring new shoots on-board in good time for the 2016 season.
Hopefully everything should be in place to announce a few of these during the early stages of this season. Details are being finalised with some fine estates from Cornwall & Devon all the way up to North Yorkshire & Northumberland, so we truly believe that 2016 will be a season to remember for our clients up-and-down the country!
Shortly after Easter we were also delighted to sponsor a prize at the Cirencester Cup shooting competition, hosted by the Royal Agricultural College at Hollow Fosse Shooting Ground. A strong showing from a short-handed Harper Adams team saw their three guns break all 50 clays in a challenging flush. We are assured that they were delighted with the magnum of Bollinger they headed back up to Shropshire with!
Simon and Andrew present a magnum of Bollinger to the winning team in the Cirencester Cup Flush competition. Congratulations to Harper Adams. (Photo courtesy of James Cole Photography)
Finally, a quick reminder that we will have two roving syndicate days this season – one each in December and January. Bespoke team days are available by request.
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