Waitrose and Partners Weekend Issue 579

32 25 NOVEMB ER 2021 FOOD&DRINK First Bites It’s a busy time for Mike Hammond of Traditional Norfolk Poultry, who rears the turkeys for Waitrose Duchy Organic Meet the producer ‘I’m like the Pied Piper’ “I’ve been farming poultry for more than 30 years, but I still look forward to the Christmas turkeys arriving,” saysMike Hammond (right). “They’re very curious birds, they like to interact with you, and that makes them really enjoyable to work with. “TheWaitrose Duchy Organic birds are a naturally slow-growing breed, and it’s the time they take to grow that gives their meat such a good flavour. They come to us in late August, when they’re six weeks old, and we keep them in for a couple of days so they can get their bearings and get used to their new home. Then we let themout to range – they’re a bit wary at first, but they don’t usually needmuch encouragement and it’s great to see themgoing outside to explore. “We have high fences to keep foxes out, so once the turkeys are used to it, they have constant outside access. Usually, they’ll range furthest at dawn, then during the day they go in and out as they please. As dusk arrives, they wander in and get comfortable for the night. But they knowwhat they like and Photography: Jake Eastham Slice the washed leeks into rings and put in a large frying pan with 2 tbsp olive oil. Season and fry over amedium-high heat for 5minutes. Add 2 tbsp water, turn the heat down to low and cook for 10minutes more, or until sticky. Meanwhile, cook the linguine according to pack instructions, reserving amug of the pasta water before draining. Tip the pasta into the frying pan, add the pâté and finely chopped gherkins , plus 1 tbsp of the liquid. Toss the pasta to coat, adding some pasta water if needed. Season and serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over. Serves 2 Ready in 20 minutes 2 trimmed leeks Meal maths Creamy trout & leek linguine ½ x 500g pack Essential Linguine 115g pack smoked trout pâté 4 cocktail gherkins don’t like, and if it’s too hot or too windy, they’ll stay indoors. “They’re active birds, and even if they’re inside, they’ll be pecking at straw bales, or playing with the toys we give them– their favourites are bits of coloured rope that they like to pull around. When I’mdown there, I’ll have a little group of them followingme around like the Pied Piper, because they’re curious about what I’mdoing. “It’s very quiet when they go, but there’s a lot of satisfaction in knowing I’ve given thema good life, and seeing themgrow to maturity as healthy birds. And I know that, when families around the country sit down to their Christmas dinner, if they’ve bought one of these they’re going to enjoy it.”

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