Hints and Tips
What wine works with which meat?
We have teamed up with Gwen and Sarah from The House Wine who will help you select which wines work with which meat. They have a great selection of interesting wines from all over the world. Every wine on their list is tried, tested and guaranteed to be delicious.
Wines to accompany Roast Beef
Roast beef is a beautifully simple dish and most medium to full-bodied red wines will work well with it. It depends on the occasion, if it is a special dinner then splash out on a special bottle such as the Chateauneuf du Pape, if it is a casual supper then go for something friendly and gluggable such as the Shiraz. These are the wines that are particularly recommended as a good match for beef:
Bordeaux (Claret), Rioja, Shiraz (Syrah), Merlot, Malbec, Chateauneuf du Pape,
Top picks from House Wine:
Malbec Classico, Altos Las Hormigas, Mendoza, Argentina, 2012 Malbec is perhaps the ultimate beef wine! Although originally from France, Malbec is now the grape variety of Argentina where their staple is beef, and the two work perfectly together. Altos Las Hormigas is counted amongst the best five Malbec producers in Argentina, this is a wine of real quality with lovely aromas of ripe red and black fruits backed up rich chocolate and vanilla from the wine’s time in oak.
Trophy and Gold Medal winner Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 (selected as best Malbec in the world under £15)
Dandelion Vineyards 'Lionheart of the Barossa' Shiraz, Australia, 2011 £12.50 Think all things purple – blackberries, cassis, violets, this is a rich dark wine with moth-filling sweet fruit flavours alongside a good dollop of spice and liquorice. This wine is beautifully presented and quirkily named, the name here refers to the fact that this wine is made from some of the oldest most gnarled vines in the Barossa. An up-front appealing modern wine but with an old heart.
Sommelier Wine Awards, Gold 2013; Decanter World Wine Awards, Silver 2013; International Wine Challenge, Silver 2013
Domaine Galevan, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone, France £26.50 Châteauneuf du Pape wines are famous for being big, heavy wines but this one is much more elegant and, dare we say, feminine wine. It holds a deep ruby/purple colour, with strong aromas of black raspberry and black cherry fruit. Full-bodied, lush, and beautifully textured, this is a truly gorgeous wine to be savoured and shared.
How Many People Does A Turkey Feed?
Order Your Award-Winning Kelly Bronze Turkey from J Seal Butchers
For over 12 years, we have been proud to supply one of the tastiest, most succulent turkeys around - the KellyBronze.
Winner of numerous taste awards, these free range birds are farmed using traditional methods and are free to roam and graze in pastures, stubble fields and woodland. Fed without the use of drugs, additives or growth promoters, the KellyBronze matures slowly, something you can taste in every mouthful. With a delicious flavour and a superb texture that makes for easy carving, a KellyBronze will be the centrepiece of your Christmas table.
To help you plan what size of turkey to order, have a look at the chart below:
Weight Will feed
4 kg 6-8 people
5-6 kg 8-10 people
7-8 kg 12-14 people
KellyBronze turkeys come supplied in a strong cardboard box containing full cooking instructions, recipes, a meat thermometer, place settings for the Christmas table and, of course, the giblets for making the gravy.
Alternatively, we sell fresh turkey stock alongside our other delicious accompaniments for your Christmas meal: homemade Yorkshire puddings, goose fat for roast potatoes, pigs in blankets with free range bacon, cranberry sauce and sausage meat. This year we’re delighted to also be offering Christmas puddings and cakes made to order. See us in the shop for details of our full range.
Why buy a KellyBronze?
The Kelly family has been breeding turkeys since 1972 and knows a thing or two about what makes them special:
“With ‘good old-fashioned’ flavour and texture, the KellyBronze free range turkey is bred to provide the ultimate experience in Christmas dining. You’ll find our turkeys have a superior flavour and texture and, with more servings per bird, they’re great value for money. We are the only turkey farmers in UK with complete control from start to finish - from our own pure breeding stock, to your Christmas table.”
Celebrity fans include Nigella Lawson – “the KellyBronze is the best bird you can buy” and Jamie Oliver – “Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a KellyBronze turkey.”
Why do we eat turkey at Christmas?
Although we can trace the eating of turkey back to Tudor times (Henry VIII was partial to them as part of his huge feasts) it wasn’t until the 19th century, when Queen Victoria popularised it as a Christmas meat, that it became a favourite on tables throughout Britain. Today, 10 million turkeys are sold each Christmas in the UK alone.
Different cuts of meats
Season for game
|Grouse||12 August - 10 December|
|Partridge||01 September - 01 February|
|Mallard||01 September - 01 February|
|Pheasant||01 October - 01 February|
|Pigeon||No closed season|
|Hare||01 August - 28 February|
|Rabbit||No closed season|
|Fallow - Buck||01 August - 30 April|
|Fallow - Doe||01 November - 28 February|
|Roe - Buck||01 April - 31 October|
|Roe - Doe||01 November - 28 February|