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ARTHUR AT THE GAME FAIR – DIFFERENT VENUE, SAME PARTNER

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ARTHUR AT THE GAME FAIR – DIFFERENT VENUE, SAME PARTNER

I teamed up with my good friend Chris Coubrough recently to make our customary appearance at Mary Kemp’s Cookery Theatre for the East Anglian Game & Country Fair.

The Game Fair normally takes place at the Royal Norfolk Showground but this year it was switched to the Euston Estate near Thetford and it was nice to experience the event in different surroundings.

With a change of venue came a change of approach and this year Chris and I opted to make muntjac the subject of our demo.

I’ve always loved venison because I can source it from a number of fantastic estates in north Norfolk, including Holkham, Houghton and Gunton.

It’s low in cholesterol, high in protein and sustainable, so it ticks a lot of boxes, and there’s a whole host of fantastic recipes to try out with deer.

Muntjac are becoming an increasingly frequent sight on the roadside verges of our county and often stray into people’s gardens, where they’re sometimes regarded as a nuisance. They’re also delicious eating!

LennyYou might think such muscular, dog-sized beasts wouldn’t cut the mustard on the plate, but they taste remarkably good, and many people now prefer muntjac to our native deer.

Our audience at the Game Fair seemed very interested in the different cuts of meat which can be obtained from these alien invaders, and in Chris’s suggestions of how to cook them.

Speaking of non-indigenous animals I had a little trick waiting up my sleeve for my demo partner, who had just returned from a trip to his native New Zealand.

I was convinced that he would come back to Norfolk reinvigorated with Kiwi swagger, and that with the British & Irish Lions tour just over the horizon he would start banging on about his beloved All Blacks.

So I took the liberty of purchasing a lovely big fluffy lion (I’ve called him Lenny) wrapped in a Lions scarf and had him waiting in the wings just in case the topic of rugby came up.

As it was Chris didn’t go anywhere near the subject – perhaps he’s worried the Lions will do to his heroes what Ireland did to them in Boston last year and decided to keep his powder dry.

So that’s exactly what I did too. But rest assured Lenny is doing his stretches on the sidelines ready to spring into attack at the first sniff of a silver fern being waved in his face!

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