After over a week maturing in the fridge, the magpie goose finally got the treatment it deserved. A few days ago I cooked it with some carrots, celery and 2 onions in a shallow bath of water, and a little vinegar after Rory commented on something smelling rotten. Oh, and some black pepper. I think it had about three hours until the meat was falling off.
I had discovered a recipe for poached chicken with crepes Parmentier (a very fine chap). I swear I know every recipe Simon has ever produced, up to a certain point anyway, and this was in his first book Roast Chicken and Other Stories. I just can’t believe I missed this genius idea as its appeal just sings out from the page. Anyway, I had this in mind when I cooked the goose. But I also had other ideas….
I can rarely resist the temptation to do something with the contents of the thorax and abdomen. Not using them is like not sucking out a prawn; this is where the essence of the beast resides. There was some minced beef in the fridge, forcemeat burgers here we go.
- Offal chopped finely
- 5 small shallots, chopped and lightly fried
- 400g minced beef
- handful breadcrumbs
Shaped into small burger sizes and fried on the bbq. Meanwhile,
Actually, beforehand, steam
- 1kg floury potatoes, allow to cool and put through mouli legume or mash well
- six egg yolks
- 100ml milk
- 50g flour
- 50g melted butter
Beat the egg whites and fold in the potato mixture. I fried these on top of the bbq, no fat needed as the beef was very fatty- most excellent.
I strained off the stock from the goose and reduced this to a syrupy consistency, with the goose over this to steam gently for rewarming. A decent dollop of rosella jelly for some sweetness. 150ml of double cream and further reduction. Some broccoli on Shona’s insistence.
Bogong estate Pinot Noir 2008, naturally.