Renna's Discoveries: Wild & Game - Exquisite Game Straight from the British Countryside

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wild & Game - Exquisite Game Straight from the British Countryside

In the cooler months, I like to eat more homely foods, like stews and pies and anything with gravy really. It warms you up after a long cold day and is actually generally very healthy. I love a good stew, and a bonus is when the stew is placed inside a pie !!!

Years ago the pie crust was used purely to hold the meat stew, or to keep the stew encased and safe, which meant it was easy to travel with. Originally, they say the Greeks invented the pie, which is a genius way of eating. No plates required, just the pastry. Nearly everyone ate pies, as it really was the only way to eat in many parts of the world.

Nowadays, we love pies. We have a massive variety of fillings, from beans, to vegetables, to meats, to fish. However a proper pie is with a base and a lid, if it is a casserole with just a pastry lid - it is NOT A PIE, it's a casserole with a lid. Many people will argue over this, but it's true.

I was sent a few items from Wild and Game to try out, as I absolutely love pastry and they supply Game Pies. Game is meats from sustainable wild animals. You have different categories such as Winged Game, Ground Game and Large Game. Winged game is Quail, Pheasant, Duck, Pigeon, Grouse and Partridge. Ground Game is Rabbit, Hare and Squirrel and Large Game is predominately Venison, which is different types of Deer.

Wild and Game would like more people to eat Game not just for their benefit, but actually for ours. I think it's a great idea, and Game is so much more easier to buy from the butchers and specialised Game Food producers these days. I actually agree with Game Meat, because the animals are of course Wild animals. They've had the freedom they deserve to roam the forests, fields and mountains. They haven't been bred purely to be kept in a pen with no natural lighting, or taken away from their parents or branded. They are not used to work the fields, in fact they are not used in any way by humans. They are free to do as they please. Which is why Game meat is probably the best meat to eat, plus it's super lean and organic in every way. Game was always classed a high class meat, and many upper class used to go out to hunt and supply meat for dinner. In fact our Royals still do. Now we also have trained huntsmen to gather the meat from the forest and treat it with the respect it deserves. So, although our diets are changing and people are becoming more aware of how farm animals are treated, game is becoming more and more popular.

Wild and Game sent me a few items to try out and I have to say, I was very impressed. They all had so much flavour, we were trying to work out all of the ingredients, as these are not your ordinary flavours. There is so much more to each of the products. The richness of the game meat really comes through and just makes them so much nicer.

Steak & Pheasant Sausage Roll was by far our favourite. The puff pastry was flaky, melt in your mouth delicious and the filling was very fine and easy to eat. These are £2.54 each, so I would recommend at least 6 !!

 Country Chicken & Pheasant Mushroom Pie with a shortcrust base and puff pastry lid. They had so much meat in there, I would have preferred larger chunks and not so much shredded meat, but chicken tends to shred very easily when there is so much. So, there's the bonus that it isn't bulked out with a load of unnecessary extras. Great quality pastry too. Each individual pie is £2.79

Country Steak & Pheasant Ale Pie. This is their Best Seller, for obvious reasons ..... it's amazing. The taste just literally punches around your mouth, with really good chunks of meat. It's deliciously rich and very tender. This also has a shortcrust base and puff pastry lid, and each one sells for £2.79.

 Country Game and Cheesy Mash Pasty with Turkey, Bacon & Pheasant. This was really good, and it was so filling, you really don't need to eat it with anything else. It had the perfect amount of filling and the pastry was delicious. Definitely one to cook and take with you. This is the traditional way of eating, who needs plastic wrapping when you have a pastry wrapping ?! These are £2.99 each and well worth it.
They all arrived frozen, and you can defrost them overnight or cook from straight from frozen.
Defrosted dishes are approx 20 to 25 minutes and frozen dishes is 35 to 50 minutes depending on the dish.

Update: 23/04/19
Wild and Game have a few new delicious pies and they even won Medals at the British Pie Awards. The Pheasant, Pork and Carmalised Onion pie won a Gold Medal which is absolutely amazing. Pictures are below.
The Pheasant and Grouse layered pie won a Silver Award and the Pheasant and Pork won a Bronze Award. These are all produced by The Outdoor Pig company who work very closely with Wild and Game. Summer is perfect for cold buffets, so these little pies should definitely make an appearance. These are £1.65 each.

So if you want something slightly different or for a special occasion, get your orders in. You can order direct from their website and it is delivered within just a couple of days. You'll notice from their website that they have a great selection of pies with different fillings, but for me, the pasty and the sausage rolls win, purely for the ease of cooking and storing.
Have a look, and let me know what you think.

*these products were all gifted for an honest review