It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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Still a little early for the C word, however we are now taking orders for our wonderful Christmas Beef hampers again, the perfect present for those hard-to-buy people in your live.  Please see the page above for full details.

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The Return of the Christmas Hamper!

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Sam Perks Beef are delighted to announce that we are once again taking orders for our fantastic Aberdeen Angus Beef Christmas Hampers. 

Our fabulous festive hampers are a perfect gift for food lovers and are packed full of our locally and ethically reared frozen prime beef cuts. All hampers will be delivered locally free of charge, in beautiful wicker baskets, wrapped and tied in cellophane. 

The Festive Celebration Hamper (£25.00) 

Contents:

  • a pack of 2 rump steaks
  • a pack of stewing steak a
  • pack of 8 beef sausages
  • an 8oz jar of home pickled onions in balsamic vinegar
  • some homegrown potatoes
  • some seasonal mixed herbs

all wrapped up in a lovely wicker tray basket

The Christmas Feast Hamper (£45.00)

Contents:

  • a pack of 2 sirloin steaks
  • a pack of braising steak,
  • a roasting joint
  • an 8oz jar of home pickled onions in balsamic vinegar
  • an 8oz jar of Mrs Perks Christmas Chutney
  • a pack of four home baked gingerbread cows
  • some homegrown potatoes
  • some seasonal mixed herbs

All wrapped up in a beautiful large wicker shopper basket.

Please order early to ensure we are able to fulfill all orders.  We have a limited supply of beef in the winter months and wouldn’t like to disappoint.  All Christmas hampers will be delivered between 1st December  – 24th December. 

These hampers can be delivered direct to you or to the recipient.  Pictures to follow!

 

New Value Box of Sam Perks Beef – limited number available

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Due to popular demand and a number of orders scheduled for delivery this week, we are no longer offering the £25.00 economy box (aside from those already scheduled for delivery.) We do however have a £35.00 value box available, each containing a large joint of brisket, a pack of stewing steak, a pack of braising steak, a pack of beef shin, a pack of beef skirt, one pack of mince, one pack of burgers (4 in pack) and one pack of sausages (8 in pack) Most packs are 500 gm approx in weight each and we will also include recipe cards. Retail price of items if bought individually would be £38.50 approximately. Free local delivery. Only two of these available as we only have two joints of brisket left!

The herd is home!

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After a busy few days, the herd are all home, Florence was on site to welcome home our gentle bull who stomped off the trailer with a disdainful air, harrumphing at the indignity of it all.  Florence spent a few happy minutes imitating him before heading inside to raid Grandpa’s biscuit tin,  leaving big brother and Daddy to deal with the mud.

Special orders are coming in thick and fast for Christmas beef, just in time to inform our butcher of how we would like our most recent order cut.

The “Perky Turkeys” are fattening up nicely.  Eating an amazing amount of food and happily prancing about in their large pen.  A demonstration in persuasion that ignorance is indeed bliss.

A fabulous meeting on Saturday with Darren of Gorleston Veg Box company – more on this later as deserving of a mention in its own right – but pleased to meet someone with similar values, flying the flag for buying local food.

  By far the nicest part of the week was being treated to oxtail stew last night, in front of a blazing fire, with roast potatoes straight from our allotment. Mr Perks responsible for all the cooking, so much tastier than I dared hope and he washed up! Bliss! Oxtail is a wonderfully economical and flavoursome cut of beef but is often overlooked as people are unsure what to do with it. This is Mr Perks’ favourite tried and tested recipe. Would love to hear some of yours!

Recipe: Fabulously Tasty Oxtail Stew

Ingredients:
• 2.5 kg oxtail, chopped into 4cm chunks
• sea salt
• freshly ground black pepper
• olive oil
• 2 medium leeks
• 2 stalks of celery
• 4 medium carrots
• a few sprigs of fresh thyme
• a few sprigs of fresh rosemary
• 4 fresh bay leaves
• 2 heaped tablespoons plain flour
• 2 x 400 g tins of plum tomatoes
• 275 ml red wine
• 1 litre beef stock
• Worcestershire sauce

Method
• Preheat the oven to 220ºC/425ºF/gas 7. Place a large roasting tray in the oven to preheat.

Carefully remove the hot tray from the oven, then add the oxtail. Season and drizzle over a lug of olive oil, then toss to coat and place in the hot oven for around 20 minutes, or until golden and caramelized.

Meanwhile, trim and halve the leeks and celery lengthways, then chop into rough 2cm chunks. Peel and chop the carrots into 2cm pieces, then place into a large ovenproof casserole pan over a medium-low heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Pick, roughly chop and add the thyme and rosemary leaves, then add the bay and cook for around 20 minutes, or until soft and sweet, stirring frequently.

Meanwhile, remove the oxtail from the oven and set aside. Reduce the oven temperature to 170ºC/325ºF/gas 3.

Add the flour to the veg, stirring well to combine, then pour in the tomatoes and wine. Add the oxtail and any roasting juices, cover with the beef stock and stir well. Turn the heat up to high and bring to the boil, then pop the lid on and place in the hot oven for around 5 hours, or until the meat falls away from the bone, stirring every hour or so and adding a splash of water to loosen, if needed.

Remove the pan from the oven and leave to cool for about 10 minutes. Using rubber gloves, strip the meat from the bones and return to the pan, discarding the bones. Add a good splash of Worcestershire sauce, season to taste and enjoy either with creamy mash and seasonal steamed greens, or freshly cooked tagliatelle and a sprinkling of parmesan.

Christmas Turkeys!

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Blundeston Farm saw the arrival of 6 turkeys this week.  Norfolk Bronzes which we will be fattening up in time for Christmas.  As always, it is important to us that our children understand and respect where their food comes from and that the animals we eat have had the best possible quality of life.  Rearing our own free-range turkeys provides us with peace of mind regarding how they are cared for, what they are fed and how they are slaughtered.  Thank you to the boys who helped construct their large pen, (providing access all day to grass and other shrubs to scratch about in) and to Florence, our youngest farmer, for welcoming them with her usual smile!  We plan to sell these for £50.00, plucked and packaged nicely and accompanied by a jar of Mrs Perks homemade cranberry sauce.  Even better; we will deliver them fresh on Christmas Eve, avoiding wasting half your day queuing in the butchers!  Any feedback (or orders!) welcomed!

Christmas Beef Hampers – the perfect gift for those who have everything!

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We are now taking orders for our mini and deluxe Sam Perks Beef Christmas Hampers.  Please order early to ensure we are able to fulfil all orders.  We have a limited supply of beef in the winter months and wouldn’t like to disappoint.  All Christmas hampers will be delivered between 10th – 24th December. 

The mini box will contain a pack of either rump or sirloin steaks, a pack of 8 sausages and some stewing or braising steak.  The three beef items will be wrapped up along with:

  • Some homegrown potatoes
  • An 8oz jar of homemade cranberry, orange and port sauce
  • A small bouquet of seasonal herbs.
  • Presented in a gorgeous wooden trug; we will also include some cellophane and ribbon upon request if you are giving this hamper as a gift.

These hampers can be delivered direct to you or to the recipient.  Mini Christmas hamper costs just £25.00 including delivery.  Pictures to follow

The Deluxe Box will include 7 – 8 kg of Sam Perks Beef, including:  A pack of steaks, a roasting joint, two packs of sausages, two packs of burgers  and a large selection of stewing, braising, shin and skirt.  (Oxtail, liver, suet, heart or tongue can be added on request.)  Along with all of the above, we will also include:

  • A bottle of red wine (perfect for making mulled wine!)
  • An 8oz jar of homemade cranberry and port sauce (works really well with beef!)
  • An 8oz jar of home pickled onions in balsamic vinegar
  • 1 kg of Homegrown potatoes
  • 6 squares of homemade rocky road
  • A homemade iced Christmas cake
  • A bouquet of seasonal herbs
  • Recipe cards for all of the beef cuts
  • A large wicker basket to present all of the above items, some cellophane and ribbon
  • What’s more we’ll even throw in some brussel sprouts!

These hampers can be delivered direct to you or to the recipient.  Deluxe Christmas hampers cost just £80.00 each including delivery.  Pictures to follow

 

Busy busy…

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Another busy week in Blundeston; a glut of beetroots from the allotment provided an opportunity for some experimental cooking…beetroot and ginger chocolate brownies received mixed reviews.  Grandpa Perks loved them (but didn’t know about the beetroot.)   Younger generation thought they contained blood!  A new log supplier has been found so we are able to continue diversifying; offering good quality, split, hardwood logs from renewable sources for delivery.  A new calf was born on Wednesday, late in the year, but always welcomed.   He’ll have a couple of weeks finding his feet at home with Mum before all his aunties and cousins return home from grazing out on the marshes.  We have been busy trying to secure new outlets for selling our prime beef, contacting various farmers markets etc.  This would be a new way of selling for us but suspect the smell of freshly cooked beef sausage samples could be a winner.   Also thinking of ways to market our beef in advance of Christmas; any suggestions of things we could include in our Christmas beef hampers would be welcomed!