Day 14: Pheasant is pleasant

Today’s new thing is pheasant. Day 14 already and it’s yet another food post. I had to go pick up cat milk for Miauwser and Nelson (the cats) and thought it would be a good idea to pop into Waitrose, as I hadn’t done a new thing for the day yet. While browsing, I bumped into pheasant breast fillets. While I think I’ve had pheasant before, I’ve certainly never cooked it. As a bonus new thing, I also picked up a pack of roasted giant corn.

Preparing the pheasant

It turns out cooking pheasant breasts is surprisingly simple. Start by heating some butter and oil in a pan. Sear both sides, turn down the heat and cook for a few minutes until cooked through. That’s about as easy as it gets. To add a bit of a twist, I decided to add a dash of Woodford Reserve bourbon. Sadly I don’t have a picture of the wonderful flame, as pouring flammable liquids into a hot pan and taking pictures is not a great combo.

Pheasant Pheasant cooking

The result

Ready to eat

I’m pleased to say that the pheasant was quite pleasant. The best description would be that it tastes like a gamey version of chicken. Not much more to be added, to be honest. It’s definitely up for a repeat, and it’s surprisingly good value for money.

The other bits

Woodford reserver

On the way to till to pay I spotted the salted roasted giant corn. It’s not cheap, but it’s super tasty. It’s made by Inka Snacks, and while the site might be a bit of mess, the snack is amazing.

The idea to add the bourbon to pheasant came from the fact that I was sipping a tot of delicious nectar anyway (I should probably not leave the bottle standing on the kitchen counter).

Bonus facts

Pheasant is an odd word. It’s slightly greek-looking, but as I’ve had to keep writing it, I took a look at the etymology of the word. On Wiktionary, it’s described as:

pheasant – Wiktionary

From Middle English fesant, from Old French fesan, from Latin phāsiānus, from Ancient Greek φασιανός(phasianós) (“bird of the river Φᾶσις(Phâsis)“) from where, it was supposed, the bird spread to the west.

That’s certainly interesting. But that leads to another question: where is the Phâsis river? A quick bit of searching on Bing reveals that it’s a river in Georgia, now known as the Rioni, which was a site of an ancient Greek colony in the 7th century BC. And that was the site of the ancient city of Colchis which was the capital of an eponymous kingdom. And in Greek mythology that was the origin of the Argonauts and the location of the golden fleece. On the occasional meandering through Wikipedia, it’s surprising how often Georgia or the Caucasus, in general, comes into play. Perhaps a visit should be one of the new things for the year. (On the topic of Georgia, there’s a fantastic book that you should read: Edge of History).

Anyway, two weeks down now. And with another fifty to go, it will be interesting to see where all of this ends up.