Halesworth & Southwold Community News November 2019 17 Some Like It Hot

LOCAL venison curry, what could be better to warm you up on Bonfire Night says Jonny Nicholson, Chef-Owner of The Sail Loft in Southwold. We all know health and

safety has gone mad in our 21st century PC world so it always surprises me that


well over 18s, can go and buy something that can potentially blow your hand off or easily pop the proverbial clogs off an unfortunate passerby. Of course I am talking about the joy and spectacle of fireworks. Now I should declare that I am all in favour of common sense prevailing and allowing the majority their freedoms in everyday life, but aside perhaps of a few sparklers, a roman fountain or two and the odd Catherine wheel to amuse the littler kids, I don’t really get why people feel the need to set their back gardens ablaze, come November 5th, but each to their own. A proper community bonfire night fundraiser, with a professional, organised display is far better value and more enjoyable for all and sundry. I heartily recommend


Hall’s (on Saturday 2nd November this year); though it is slightly different now compared to its humble beginnings, we didn’t have likes of this year’s band, The Feeling, performing back then. If like most families during Bonfire Week you will be out celebrating the macabre, I thought I would treat you to

something warming to

prepare you for your Guy Fawkes outdoor fun and frolics. Curry always goes down well, it’s real soul food and perfect central heating if you are heading out into the elements. Autumnal game is

a delicious seasonal treat of course. Rogan josh is a classic rich Indian dish, usually made with lamb but it works well with beef, duck or of course, wild meat, especially venison. You could easily use chicken, portobello mushrooms or a vegan substitute too. Venison is such a good food for you, very low in cholesterol and fat (less than all reared farmyard meats, including skinless chicken!), very high in iron and other nutrients, plus it is a wonderfully wild, natural meat. In addition, exploding populations of deer need constant

management to

preserve the balance of our native flora and fauna and to reduce road accidents, so you are helping by consuming this very necessary, tasty by- product. If you look out for muntjac or roe venison, you will get a milder meat more like lamb whilst the larger red and fallow venison can be richer, more like good beef. A reputable butcher will provide you with a lighter-tasting cut if you explain you are new to eating it, one not overly old or too well-hung, and taken from the loin or fillet. (serves 4 – 6) Local rapeseed oil 3 medium red onions, peeled, quartered and sliced 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped 1 inch root ginger, peeled and chopped 1 mild red chilli, deseeded and chopped 1 star anise, 1 inch cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, 6 flattened

cardamom pods, 1 tsp fennel seeds

2 tsp mild paprika 2 - 4 heaped tbsp rogan josh paste (to taste) 1 tbsp tomato purée 6 large plum or vine tomatoes, cut into chunks 250ml good chicken stock, simmering (or water) 1 kg boneless venison, cut into chunks

150ml Greek yogurt 1 tsp garam masala Coriander leaves to garnish Sauté the onions in an oiled pan stirring over a medium heat for a few minutes, then add the garlic, ginger and chilli and stir- fry for another two minutes. Next mix in the whole spices and paprika before cooking for a few more minutes before turning up the heat and stirring in the tomato purée and curry paste. Fold in the tomatoes and bring to a good simmer with 250ml of stock, then turn down low. Quickly brown the venison on all sides in an oiled frying pan over a very high heat before adding to the sauce in the other pan. Simmer on very low, just bubbling, covered, for approx. 45 minutes. Fold in the yoghurt and the garam masala, return to a gentle simmer and season to taste.

Remove from the hob and

fold through the coriander before serving.

Enjoy, Jonny 138734

Jonny Nicholson, Chef – Owner, The Bell at Sax’, Saxmundham and The Sail Loft in Southwold. The Bell at Sax’, High Street, Saxmundham IP17 1AF. Relaxing


restaurant-with-rooms with good food, lounge bar and two dining rooms. Have you enjoyed our new Sunday Lunch Carvery (just £11.95)? W: T: 01728 602331 The Sail Loft, Ferry Road, Southwold IP18 6HQ. Our beachside café-bar and restaurant, proudly using local, seasonal, Suffolk ingredients. Find us by Southwold’s dunes near the campsite and lifeboat station. How about booking for our luxurious afternoon tea? W: T: 01502 725713.

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