Flying and Game Pie

Recently I had to fly to Newcastle for work – what a debacle the flight was. I was flying from Gatwick with Fly BE.
I booked a mid-afternoon flight. I arrived at Gatwick 2 hours prior to the flight, went to the self-service, scanned in my passport to obtain my ticket and then on the screen it said my flight was CANCELLED.

I headed over to customer service. They booked me on the later flight (8 PM) which is a pain but there was nothing I could do about it as I needed to be there that night. They also gave me a lovely coupon worth £7.50 to use. My work is close to Gatwick Airport so instead of hanging around the airport for hours on end, I went back to work (what a good employee I am) until 6. I then headed back to the airport, for some food.

I went to Café Rouge for tea where I had half a chicken with chips. It was a nice meal. I then went to the display boards to find out the gate. Instead of finding out the gate, it said that the plane was delayed. The flight was delayed until 10! I became very bored because there isn’t a lot to do in the airport. I also couldn’t drink alcohol because I needed to drive at the other end so over the 2 hours I became very very bored.

Finally at 10, the plane arrived. We took off and I ended up chatting to the person next to me (who was partly intoxicated – very jealous) and arrived at Newcastle at 11.30PM. I then had to drive to the hotel, which was stressful in itself because I didn’t trust my mobile phone ‘s SAT NAV (sorry phone). I eventually arrived at the hotel at 12.15 and slept. Drama over!

From stressful to successful – Game Pie was delicious!
011 (Custom)
Serves: 2-3
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Pack of mixed game, diced (If you can get game from a butcher – even better)
1 carrot, diced.
½ swede, diced.
1 onion, diced.
1 glass of red wine
500ml beef stock
1 tbsp tomato puree
Handful of rosemary, finely chopped
Handful of thyme, finely chopped
2-3 bay leaves
30g flour
Pack of premade Short crust Pastry (or make one yourself)
Salt and Pepper
Olive Oil
1 egg, lightly beaten

Season the flour.
Toss the game in the flour
Heat the olive oil in a pot, over a medium heat.
Fry the game for a few minutes, until brown all over.
Remove the game from the pot.
Add the onion, swede and carrot.
Cook for 10 minutes, or until the onion is soft.
Add the game.
Add the red wine and bring to the boil.
Add the tomato puree, beef stock, rosemary, thyme and bay leaves.
Bring to the boil.
Simmer for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 200 Deg C.
Pour the ingredients into an oven proof dish
Place pastry on the top.
Egg wash the pastry
Cook in the oven for 20 – 30 minutes, or until the pastry is cooked and golden.



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