Menu for Nigella’s Feast October 1st 2011

Our October Dinner at the Manor event is just around the corner, so we’d like to share the menu for the meal!

Our first event coincides with Great British Food Fortnight. Buying British is definitely one of our main passions at the Manor and at our October Event we will be showcasing some fine local, British produce.

Have a look at what we’ll be cooking up, hopefully the dishes will whet your appetite!

Myself and Martini Man are very excited and looking forward to officially opening up the Manor in October to our wonderful guests.

As for 2012, we should be announcing dates soon.

Let us know what you think…


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19 thoughts on “Menu for Nigella’s Feast October 1st 2011

  1. angela holmes

    do you know how your veal is produced and the suffering of a calf snatched away from his mum,shipped abroad and then kept in a crate for his short little life,unable to even turn round.its cruel and has been banned in this country for years.still fancy your veal rump. now.

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    1. Sticky Pinny Post author

      Dear Angela,

      Thank you for your comment; of course veal is a contentious meat due to the inhumane farming methods employed on the continent. Which we are at manor are totally against. However, I would like to point out in the UK; the use of crates was banned in 1990.

      UK rose veal production uses the same high welfare standards for any other meat in the UK. British Rose veal is a product of male dairy calves. Over a quarter of a million of them are killed each year. Unable to produce milk and unsuitable for beef production, they are usually shot soon after birth as a “waste product” of the dairy industry, that or exported to the continent to experience the crate farming methods as you have described in your comment.

      However, rose veal calves live in small groups, with deep straw bedding and access to a varied diet that leads to their pink meat (hence the name rose) in free-range or organic production, they’re also given access to outdoor grazing. The animals are killed at around six months old, roughly the same age as most pigs or sheep slaughtered for pork and lamb. Therefore I would argue that the British rose veal industry is a positive thing.

      We use veal from Heaves Farm in Cumbria, who employ the high welfare methods I have described. For more information, please view their site where they also have a very informative video. http://www.heavesfarmveal.co.uk/Heaves_Farm_Veal/Watch_our_film.html

      For further information on rose veal, there are a number of articles you can read.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/may/21/veal-recipes-hugh-fearnley-whittingstall
      http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/the-ethics-of-eating-the-appeal-of-veal-414318.html

      Rest assured here at Dinner at the Manor we do not support any ill treatment of animals through food production, or in any other circumstance.

      Kind Regards
      Susie

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  2. Sticky Pinny Post author

    It is sad to think that people think we at the Manor would intentionally advocate the use of unethical meats, Rose veal is welfare friendly and I think it’s up to those who are passionate about their food to support the industry.

    Susie

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  3. Matt

    Well I for one can’t wait to eat this menu, I’m drooling already 😀

    Good on you for setting up a supperclub, there should be so many more of them. I’d love to one myself (but my house is a bit rubbish!)

    And as for British rose veal, it’s a very different product to the continent and different to rearing lambs. Great to see people taking the time to source ethical produce.

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  4. Lynn - The Secret Tea Room

    Top marks to Susie for allowing the comment to stand, others may not have bothered and moderated it under the blogger’s carpet. We all have our opinions on food and quite right that we do, what a boring world it would be if we all thought the same.
    It’s great that people like Angela and others show concern about animal welfare, it’s due to people like this, that animal farming has improved to much higher welfare standards these days.

    As a guest coming to Susie’s supperclub, I’ve seen the programs showing the farming of Rose Veal. The animals are better looked after than they were many years ago. Having met Susie several times, I doubt very much that she would have anything on her menu that would ‘intentionally advocate the use of unethical meats’.

    I’m sure this will be a topic of conversation on the evening itself, one of many discussions I shall be looking forward to on the night.

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  5. bakingaitch

    I think this shows that people are ignorant if the way that rose veal is produced. These male calves would be killed before they were a day old otherwise. And rose veal calves are slaughtered at an older age than lambs and chickens.

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  6. Clareabell

    Rose Veal is from calves reared on farms in association with the UK RSPCA’s Freedom Food programme also the veal industry’s support for the dairy industry goes beyond the purchase of surplus calves. It also buys large amounts of milk byproducts.

    I think the links that you have provided are informative andI personally think the menu looks amazing and it’s just not fair that we have to wait til December!!! Just reading it made me hungry!!

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  7. Neil Mason

    Hello, I’m Neil from Heaves Farm and we rear and supply the rose veal for Dinner at the Manor.

    It’s really fantastic to hear that so many of you know about British rose veal and are in support of it. It is becoming increasingly popular in the UK and indeed provides a value and purpose for male dairy calves that otherwise would be shot at birth or shipped abroad.

    British rose veal is actually a very different product to traditional continental white veal. Veal creates and the old inhumane rearing methods have been banned in the UK since 1991 and all our British rose veal is reared and produced in conditions that put the welfare of the animals first.

    If you look at our website you will see that all our calves live in large, open well bedded pens. There is lots of natural light and fresh air and they eat a mixed diet including milk, straw and cereal based feeds.

    We take pride in looking after all our animals including our rose veal calves. We have won several awards for the way we manage our farm and stock and sell our rose veal to the restaurants of some of the UK’s top chefs including Jamie Oliver, Tom Aikens, Raymond Blanc and Michel Roux.

    Angela – if you still have any doubts, we’d be more than happy for you to visit our farm and see for yourself.

    And if anyone has any other questions, we’d be happy to answer them.

    Many thanks for your interest,

    Neil Mason
    Heaves Farm Veal
    http://www.heavesfarmveal.co.uk

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  8. martinimanleeds

    Martini Man here, writing from France! Well done on the post Susie. Can’t wait to come back and cook with you. Those of you who are coming to the October event, and who have chosen the veal, are in for treat as it’s an absolutely delicious product. It’s sad there is such a stigma attached to the meat as a result of practices elsewhere. I hope we can start to break down some of this misconeption. British rose veal is a great product and we need to continue raising awareness of how ethical it actually is. See you all soon! Bon nuit dx

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