We did a swap recently for a sack of pigeons. In the summer heat, the carcasses had to be dealt with immediately. The sack arrived at our house when I was away and as dealing with game had always been my job, I had to give David, who was looking after everything in my absence, a quick lecture over the phone on how to strip the breasts from the birds. He coped well.
The breasts went into the freezer but I will be using them to make game sausages soon.
Until 2009 I was working in London, UK, but I gave it up to pursue a life of self-sufficiency. My aim is to grow or forage for all my food, produce my own power and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. I left London to return to my home village of Sunniside, near Newcastle, in the North East of England. I have a couple of plots of land there as well as the garden of my house. Our village is a commuter area for Newcastle but we are surrounded by countryside which we use for picking wild foods. My mission in life is to show that it is possible to live well without destroying the planet in the process. I am also keen to ensure knowledge of historic recipes and cooking is kept alive. I regularly try out recipes from old cookbooks using the food we have grown. I make videos about our progress and about how to cook home-grown foods. These can be viewed on www.youtube.com/jonathanwallace.