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This recipe is taken from James Whetlor's cookbook 'Goat'. James is a former River Cottage chef and co-founder (along with his partner Sushila - also a former River Cottage team member) of Cabrito. Cabrito is based just down the road from River Cottage in Axminster.

Their aim is to move goat meat into the mainstream with the goal that all billy goats born into the dairy system, will go into the food system, rather than being wasted.

They offer nationwide home delivery, so in the difficult times we find ourselves in, why not support a great, ethical small business and get some high-quality meat delivered directly to your door? Then you can have a go at this great recipe, perfect comfort food. ORDER ONLINE HERE


Season all the kid meat and offal. In one large or two small frying pans, heat the oil over a medium heat and add the seasoned meat and offal in batches. As the meat is browning, dust it lightly with flour, and remove once it is all browned beautifully.

Add the pancetta, onion, garlic, celery and carrots to the pan/s and cook, covered, in the residual oil until soft and starting to colour. (Should there be any bones from the kid, you might pop these in the oven, roast until golden brown and add these into the next step.)

Transfer the vegetables and meat to a braising pan with the wine, herb bundle and stock. Simmer for 2 hours over a very gentle heat, taking care that the stock doesn’t reduce too much. If it’s too liquid-y, simmer for longer.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Check the stew seasoning and remove the herb bundle, then transfer to a pie dish.

For the pastry, rub the suet into the flour with a good pinch of salt until you have a nice crumb. Separately, mix the egg and milk in a bowl and then mix into the flour until you have a big clump. Do not over-mix. Roll out the pastry straight away – there is no need to rest – and lay it atop the pie. Trim the edges as required.

Brush the pastry with the beaten egg and bake for 35–40 minutes. Keep a beady

eye on any overenthusiastic colouring of the pastry, in which case you might need to put a little foil over the top.

Serving suggestions

I would serve this with some lovely mashed potatoes and buttered cabbage.

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1kg/2lb 3oz boneless kid shoulder,

chopped into good thumb-sized pieces

1kg/2lb 3oz boneless kid leg, chopped

into good thumb-sized pieces

handful of any heart, liver, kidneys or

well-cleaned pluck, chopped small

2 tablespoons sunflower oil

20g/2 ½ tablespoons plain

(all-purpose) flour

250g/9oz unsmoked pancetta,

finely chopped

1 large onion, chopped into large pieces

3 garlic cloves, peeled but left whole

4 celery sticks, chopped into large pieces

3 large carrots, chopped into large pieces

500ml/2 cups dry white wine

small sprig each of rosemary, thyme,

sage and bay leaves, tied in a bundle

500ml/2 cups good chicken stock

salt and freshly ground black pepper

for the pastry

250g/9oz suet

500g/3 ¼ cups self-raising (self-rising) flour

1 egg, plus 1 extra beaten egg,

to glaze

1–2 tablespoons milk