Now I'm all for a bit of tradition around the Christmas dinner table with locally sourced produce. My Dad grows olde worldy vegetable varities to preserve in the heritage seed library so I'm looking forward to tucking into his allotment grown brussel sprouts, parsnips, carrots and leeks on the big day. However when it comes to the meat you would guess that we would have the usual big turkey to feed the family at lunchtime - plus more for sandwich to last us a week... Well this year we are bucking the trend and going for something a little unusual...Water Buffalo
On Thursday afternoon I plan to collect our topside of Water Buffalo from Bouverie Lodge Farm, located just outside Melton Mowbray from the Wakelings family who rear Water Buffalo and Deer and sell at local farmers markets - you may have seen them selling buffalo burgers at various shows and events across the East Midlands. My Mum dislikes turkey and as she has the honour of preparing the Christmas lunch it is her prerogative to cook what she fancies... I'm told it is similar to cooking Beef so I'll have to let you know how it went and more importantly what it tasted like!