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Leek, Bacon Walnut & Pheasant Quiche Topped with Feta Cheese

Ingredients : For the Pastry Case :- 3 oz. / 84g. Butter cut into pieces. 5 oz. / 140g. Plain Flour. Seasoning. 3 oz. / 84g. Parmesan Cheese. And, for the Filling :- 2 Leeks, washed and chopped small. 4 Rashers of Smoked Back Bacon cut into small pieces. 2 Pheasant Breasts cut into small […]




Casseroled Partridge with Red Cabbage, Wine & Chestnuts (Serves 2 to 3)

Ingredients : 25g / 1 oz. Dripping or Butter. 50g / 2 oz. Streaky Bacon cut into small pieces. 3 Partridges. 1 Red Cabbage. 2 Cooking Apples peeled, sliced and diced. 225g / 8 oz. Chestnuts (fresh, tinned or vacuum-packed). Salt and Pepper. 450 ml / ¾ Pint Red Wine. Recipe : Melt the fat […]




Stir-Fry Pheasant with Ginger & Lemon Sauce

Ingredients : For the Pheasant Marinade :- 6 Craigadam Pheasant Breasts cut into strips. 1 Clove of Garlic, finely chopped or grated. 3 Lemons’ Grated Rind (zest) and the lemon juice. 1 large piece of Ginger grated. Drizzle of Olive Oil. And, for the Lemon Sauce :- 2 Cartons of Crème Fraiche. Juice of 6 […]




Lamb with garlic and stuffing

Method for Lamb Place leg of lamb in roasting tray. Make small incisions & push in slice of garlic. Sprinkle lamb with rosemary dried or fine. Cook in hot oven uncovered for approx 1 hour. Make gravy with juices. Ingredients : 1lb frozen spinach. 3 slices of bread into breadcrumbs. ½ lb diced apricots. Salt […]




Roast Duck with Raspberry Sauce (serves 2)

Method for Duck Put duck in a roasting tray, put apple or ½ orange in cavity. Pour over apple or orange juice. Cover then cook for approx one to one and half hours. Ingredients : 8oz. fresh or frozen raspberries. ¼ pint wine vinegar. 1-tablespoon caster sugar. Approx ½ pint chicken stock. 2 teaspoon corn […]




Skewers of Organic Lamb in a Sulwath reduction (serves 4)

Ingredients : 45g Scottish lamb gigot, cubed. A few sprigs of fresh rosemary. 8 shallots, peeled and halved depending on size. Approx 100g button mushrooms. 1 green pepper cut in chunks. Freshly milled pepper. 30mls (2 tblsp) olive oil. 1 bottle Knockendoch Sulwath Ale. Galloway Lodge Poachers Pickle. 8 skewers. Recipe : If using wooden […]




Smoked Partridge/Pheasant on a tangy root salad

Ingredients : Smoked partridge/ smoked pheasant breasts. 2 carrots peeled and grated. 1 bunch radishes, washed & trimmed. 1 bunch watercress, washed & stalks trimmed Small bunch chives, snipped. 2 rashers of bacon, grilled until crispy & snipped into strips. Dressing : Freshly milled pepper. 4-tblsp olive oil. 1 tblsp red wine vinegar. Half a […]




Roast Pheasant (for 2)

Place in roasting tray, put apple in the cavity and pour apple juice over. Cook in medium oven approx one hour, if cooking more than one pheasant it takes a little longer. Make gravy from juices, adding apricot jam or red current jelly. All root vegetables are wonderful with pheasant.




Partridge (for 4)

Ingredients : 1 partridge per person. 2 onions. Salt and pepper. Flour. 2 carrots. 2 parsnips 1 small turnip. Chicken stock. Sunflower oil. Red currant jelly. Recipe : Dice all veg and put into roasting tray add a little oil and mix. Cook in medium oven for 10 minutes, take out and add flour, chicken […]




Haunch of Venison

Place haunch in a roasting tray and pour over apple juice. Cover venison. Does not need marinating as venison is very tender. Roast in medium oven for approx 1-½ hours. Make gravy using juice from venison, add a little flour, water from boiled vegetables or beef stock, red current jelly, salt and pepper, add a […]




 

Testimonials

Richard Bath of Scotland on Sunday recently stayed at Craigadam, he was reviewing another establishment and was going to include Craigadam as an alternative but was so impressed with Craigadam that he changed his article to make it all about Celia and Richards magnificent establishment.  Here's what Richard had to say: CRAIGADAM has an enormous number of things to recommend it as a dining destination. There's the warm welcome of owners Richard and Celia Pickup, plus the fact that the majority of the food is organically grown by Richard and sold through their farm shop. Perhaps you might be lured by the fact that the price tag is by no means exorbitant, or by award-winning chef Celia's posh farmhouse comfort food. Or maybe you'll just like the traditional oak-panelled dining room, with its family paintings, views over the Dumfriesshire countryside It's communal dining, with one huge mahogany table seating up to 20 people, just one sitting and no menu. If the setting was a bit grander than most houses, it was nevertheless a bit like going around to friends for dinner, with drinks and chat in front of the roaring log fire in the drawing room beforehand, and another hour and a half of convivial blether over the food. The only other place where I've come across this eating format is Alta, the self-consciously fusty ski-only resort in Utah, which successfully uses it as a ploy to get its stiff-lipped skiers to build bonds which ensure they come back year after year. The downside is the possibility that you might find yourself seated next to someone fantastically boring or irritating. That wasn't my fate, though: as well as two friends who lived locally and had joined me for the evening, the other guests were: a fisherman and his wife, a Canadian over from Vancouver for some rough shooting, a couple just using Craigadam as a base for exploring the area and two Aussies from Brisbane who were tracing their ancestry through nearby churches. All were decent company, all had a tale or two of their day to tell. (Celia's comment - this is always the case, people often worry that they may sit next to someone dreadful, but find the opposite, that conversation is good and they share the most amazing experiences) Just 20 minutes west of Dumfries, Craigadam is a classic Dumfriesshire farmhouse: square, Georgian and obviously put up during the period when money from Hong Kong and the Far East flooded into south-west Scotland. The grounds have a sweeping, Capability Brown style to them, with fields studded with Highland cows and hedgerows infested with partridge. Behind the house is a working farm and 20,000 acres of shooting and stalking, which at this time of year guarantees guests. The farm and shooting have a huge influence on what appears on the plate in the evenings. As well as running the hotel and shoot, the Pickups have diversified into selling organic game and lamb, and have installed a smokery. The result is that virtually everything that's eaten comes from the farm and the shoot. This, in turn, means that the sort of dishes you're likely to be presented with include pheasant, partridge, pigeon, woodcock, venison, duck, rabbit and lamb, with pates and terrines a favourite. It is, in short, a genuine old-fashioned country house shooting hotel We started off with four huge chunks each of hot-smoked salmon off the nearby Solway Firth, which got Walter the fisherman all worked up ahead of his trip to the river Nith the next day.The huge portrait in the dining room of Celia as a child out shooting with her father shows that she is no novice when it comes to working with game and lamb. She grew up at Craigadam and has been cooking its produce since she was in her teens, a fact which became obvious when a main of lamb shank arrived. This is one of the easiest dishes to cook, but the quality of the meat stood out, while the sauce was nicely understated and the vegetables perfectly al dente. This wasn't flashy fine dining, just a sensible portion of decent comfort food to resuscitate guests who've been sightseeing, fishing or on the hills all day. We rounded off with that old farmhouse favourite of bread and butter pudding with a twist. Not only does Celia fry the bread in butter in old-school and dangerously calorific style, but rather than just using raisins or even soaking them in brandy, they're left overnight in a pot of rum. With either cream or proper home-made custard, the end result is a gloriously decadent and alcoholic version of my favourite pudding. If the portion sizes had been very sensible, and the wine very good (you choose your own bottle from a small but impressive and surprisingly inexpensive selection), we were nevertheless too keen on sinking into the sofas in the drawing room with coffee and some dainty petit fours to contemplate the usual Craigadam post-dinner ritual of an hour in the snooker room, which is also the site of a substantial whisky bar and an honesty box. Safe to say I'll leave that pleasure until the next time - because the one thing that's for sure is that there will be a next time.
 
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