Croft Gate Bed and Breakfast Accommodation, Ingleton.

A luxury 4 star bed and breakfast in Chapel-le-Dale, near Ribblehead Viaduct and Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Pheasants

20/12/2010

We have had three hen pheasants hanging in the outbuildings for ten days now and we decided to prepare them today. We always skin rather than pluck as it is much less messy. It’s always fascinating to examine the contents of the crop to see what the birds have been eating – corn in this case and although the hen pheasant is much less flamboyant in plumage than the cock, the detailed and intricate patterns on the feathers are exquisite. They’re now crammed into the freezer ready to parcel up in streaky bacon and roast when we fancy them. Also took the opportunity to freeze several portions of home -made leek and potato soup and to make some potato cakes for the freezer. We’re going to offer these for breakfast instead of hash browns in the future – it’s a little more individual and of course, home – made.

This time of year we always have the freezer full of hearty food just in case we are snowbound for several days. So far, we have only had a couple of inches of snow from this spell of Arctic weather but temperatures at noon today were minus 6 so it’s very cold and getting colder!

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