Most game - particularly birds - does benefit from hanging around for a bit. It softens the flesh by allowing the lactic acid to break down some of the tougher fibres in the flesh. I recommend leaving your pheasant in a bowl in the back of the fridge for a week where they acquire a nicely intensified gaminess.
You may think it strange that winter is my favourite season to visit Cumbria - but this is the time of year its' landscapes are most dramatic. Dawn mists rising over the lakes, crisp frost glistening on the heathers, and serene muted winter tones. It's breathtaking - sometimes, curiously haunting...
I don't wish to preach, but I feel that we should focus less of our attention to giving gifts to our family and friends who, if we're honest, probably have enough money to buy the nice things we're getting them. We should take note of the giving side of Christmas, and if we give gifts surely they should be to those who really can't afford it.
Instead of screaming bloody murder at your screen, maybe you should feel sorry for the gloaters. While you bask under the florescent lighting of your office, dreaming of greener grass, your travelling online-associates are raining on their own parade. They are wasting their time in #paradise by making sure that you at home know all about it.
If you believe everything the papers tell you, Armageddon is upon us. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have stocked up on saddle soap and sugar cubes, Jupiter and Saturn have come into alignment and St. Peter's got the Brasso out and is buffing up the pearly gates ready for the new influx of residents. Why? Because it's about to snow.