Monday, November 05, 2018

Food Spotlight: Wild and Game

*Disclosure: One sample was sent for my review. All views are my own.

Like a great many of us, I’ve grown accustomed to eating fish, chicken and beef throughout my life, with a variety of fruits and vegetables thrown into the mix. However, I like it when I have the chance to try a type of food which is new to me. There is so much variety out there and so much to experience.

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to try something new…pheasant, which was the main ingredient in a pheasant tikka masala ready meal from Wild and Game. It was great to experience a new taste.

Wild and Game is a not-for-profit company whose mission is to put game (especially underused birds) more firmly on the UK menu through their new range of high quality ready meals and other offerings. For those who don’t know, game usually describes meat from animals and birds such as grouse, pheasant, partridge and hare. The meat is low in fat and high in protein.

Besides ready meals, the company supplies pies, pasties, sausages, pates and packed game for home cooking. The idea is to offer familiar food favourites while substituting the usual beef or chicken with game in their place. The ready meals include a wide variety of dishes using game, such as: grouse with mushroom and peppercorn sauce; pheasant breasts with pancetta, mushroom and cider sauce; pheasant breasts Florentine; and pheasant tikka masala.

The company’s product range is growing rapidly, with the aim of making good use of the large amount of game that currently goes to waste in the UK. The harvesting of game from the British countryside goes back many centuries. It was once seen as a luxury food and was priced as such, but game meat is now more readily available.

As I mentioned, I tried the pheasant tikka masala and I loved it. It was delicious. I found myself trying to discern whether I could taste a whole lot of difference between pheasant and perhaps chicken. If I had been served this and not been told that it was pheasant, I would have probably not easily been able to tell the difference. I think that because I was aware that I was eating pheasant, I may have been able to detect a slight difference. However, after having eaten this delicious dish, I’ve come to realise what I think is the point here. I don't think that the company is trying to say that pheasant or whatever particular kind of game you’re eating will taste the same as the meats which you’re used to. The point is that game can have its own distinctive flavour and exist alongside the usual sources of meat which we enjoy and be just as enjoyable. I know that I enjoyed the pheasant tikka masala and I would love to try other game in the future.

Wild and Game’s products are available from its website at

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