Warner Masterclass Series 2013 – Pheasant Breast

Pheasant Breast wrapped in pancetta with chanteray carrots and roasted new potatoes

Ingredients (for 2 people)
2 pheasant breasts (1 whole pheasant jointed)
4 slices of pancetta (or good quality bacon )
300g chanteray carrots
New potatoes
2 garlic cloves
Salt and Pepper
Preheat your oven to 180c.
Place new potatoes into a baking tray with olive
oil and garlic, season. Place in oven for 20-25
mins until they are just soft.
Joint pheasant into 2 breasts and 2 legs.
Season breasts with pepper only (pancetta is
salty enough) and wrap breasts in pancetta.
Colour all sides of breast in a pre heated pan,
place in oven for approx 12-15mins, until firm yet
moist to touch.
Leave for a few minutes to rest.
Place carrots in seasoned, boiling water until just
soft to touch. Drain and toss in chopped thyme
and honey.


Camping 101 – 8 Tent Camping Tips For Beginners

I love to be outdoors and relish being surrounded by nature. When I rest my head on the floor of my tent, I feel safe and peaceful. When I see a deer, a snake or a bear, I feel joy and connection. Not everyone shares my comfort level. Last summer I took a good friend camping. She had never been camping before. While I’m the type of gal who mows her own yard, uses power tools regularly, and could probably fix my car in an emergency, my friend Carol lives in a condo, has her nails and hair done twice a month and typically has some macho guy in her life. I was shocked when Carol asked to go camping with me, but welcomed her company. Our trip went surprisingly well and here are a few tips that may help.

1. Prepare by doing some on line research. See what the camping area is like. Pick a pretty camping area that’s close to home and not too isolated. Check out temperatures, wildlife, recreational opportunities and any known dangers. If there is any wildlife in the area that could pose a threat, such as a poisonous snake or bear, find out how to identify the animal and what to do if you see one. Most likely, if you camp in a populated area, you will not see any wildlife other than the guys next door.

2. Easy does it. If you are going with seasoned campers, insist your first trip is a very short. I’d recommend an overnight trip for your first experience. If possible pick a camp site within a two hour drive from home. Also, insist that you are not included in any athletic marathon-type actives. Take a hike, but keep it less than 2 miles. If you feel like doing another hike later, select another hike less 2 miles. 2 miles in the woods is much more vinous than 2 miles at the gym.

3. Keep an open mind. You never know how you will feel surrounded by nature. Some people feel like they are born for the first time. Other people struggle with panic attacks and cut their trip short. If you find yourself feeling uncomfortable remind yourself this trip will end soon, do some deep breathing and see what you can discover for the rest of your trip. It’s very common with new campers, to experience joy, boredom, fear, and excitement.

4. Pack light but bring a variety of clothes to deal with heat and cold. Be prepared to let vanity go. Pack a swimsuit (even if you hate how you look in it), a warm outfit (like a sweat suit or a fleece outfit), a cool outfit (shorts and a tank top), and comfortable walking shoes.

5. Select and pack other items for comfort and safety. You’ll need a warm sleeping bag and pillow, a portable mat to place under your sleeping bag, drinking water (check with campsite), a working flashlight, toothbrush, personal hygiene products, bug spray or wipes with DEET, and food. Many campgrounds have lists of recommended items to pack. I like to carry a small pocket knife, a first aid kit, dental floss or a small rope, and a small handheld product called a screacher (this is great to use if you get lost in the woods).

6. Pack a few items to occupy your mind. Bring a comfortable chair and something non-electric so you can keep your mind busy. Books, magazines or crossword puzzles are good. It’s also fun to bring an outdoor game, like lawn darts or croquette. Many first time campers are not used to having so much free time and often struggle with boredom, unless their prepared.

7. Don’t take a solo trip. If you are single and want to try camping for the first time, try to connect with a group in your area. Many sporting stores know of well respected camping groups. If possible, always go with an experienced camper.

8. Take care of yourself. If you and your camping party get scared during the night, sleep in the car with the windows slightly cracked, doors locked and your keys in the ignition. That way everyone can get some sleep, but you don’t have to cut your trip short. If you get scared and your friends are not, tell someone you’re sleeping in the car, lock the car doors and crack the windows, but make sure your friends have the car keys so they can come to the car if needed. Most people learn to love sleeping in a tent, but others feel very vulnerable. Sometimes it’s nice to sleep in the car if you don’t feel secure in a tent.

There is nothing like the peace of laying in a tent, and listening to crickets and other wildlife as I drift off to sleep. Tent camping is a wonderful, inexpensive hobby. But, it’s not for everyone. If you like camping but want a comfortable bed at the end of the day, book a reservation at a state or national park. Many of them have affordable rustic cabins or hotel rooms that have great access to nature.

Source by Kate Garvey

Wild Turkey Recipe – Using the Entire Bird

Global Outfitters Outdoor University and Bass Pro Shops bring you another recipe for wild game. Today Sam Hall will be showing you how to prepare a quick recipe using the less popular cuts of meet from the Wild Turkey. This recipe is simple and fast for the camp or at home. Sam precooks his meet in a crock pot, and stores it in freezer bags, so this recipe will only take twenty to thirty minutes to prepare. The Asian style meal includes Wild Turkey, Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sweet Korean BBQ Sauce, carrots, bread and Minute Rice seasoned with chives. The Wild Turkey is one of the most challenging game birds to harvest, so don’t dispose of the legs and thighs. Learn to cook these flavorable cuts of meat and wow your guest with the taste of wild game.


Carbon Express Covert 3.4 Crossbow Review

Camryn Stillman with her new Covert 3.4 Crossbow from Carbon Express.

by Chad Stillman

I have to preface this review with a confession. As an avid bowhunter I have never been interested in or ever really even looked at a crossbow. I also thought they were for old guys with bad shoulders and little kids. I’ll be the first to admit, I stand corrected.

My daughter Camryn has really taken a liking to shooting archery.  This past spring Camryn shot archery in a local 4-H league, and she also harvested her first animal during the Wisconsin Spring Turkey youth season using a shotgun. Needless to say she’s hooked, which as an excited dad, got me looking for ways to spend more quality time afield with her for the upcoming 2016 Fall archery season.

I started looking at crossbows and we ended up purchasing the Carbon Express Covert 3.4. After a couple days of waiting at the front door, Wally, our UPS driver, arrived with the package. She was beyond excited, and so was I.

Unpacking the Covert 3.4

The set up of the 3.4 was very simple, especially for a guy who knows absolutely nothing about crossbows.  Upon opening the box we were both in awe of the digital camo pattern that adorned this beautiful piece of weaponry. The directions were very easy to follow, and after a few minutes I had it set up. I had to install the cable slide and bolt the riser and foot stirrup to the fore stock of the crossbow. After that I installed the 4×32 scope that was included. It was now time to sight the rig in.

covert crossbow

Setup of the Covert 3.4 is very simple. Even for a rookie crossbow shooter.

First Shot

The first shot was at 20 yards with assistance from a Caldwell Deadshot field rest. The shot was nearly perfectly zeroed using the top reticle of the scope. I prefer to have the top reticle zeroed at 25 yards, so after 5 shots and minor adjustments to the elevation and windage, we were zeroed in.


We were excited with the accuracy of the Covert 3.4 right out of the box.

After it was sighted in, Camryn continued to punch bullseye after bullseye on our 18-1 Rinehart target at 25 yards. I was astonished at the speed and the force the bolt struck the target with. The Covert 3.4 consistently buries the bolts, vane deep, into the Rinehart target.


I’ll admit, I was actually ready to take a turn on the trigger after watching my daughter shoot so well with this crossbow.

First Impressions

The fit and finish of this bow are very nice. As mentioned before, the digital camo pattern suits this bow well.  My eyes went immediately to the picatinny rail system for any tactical additions. The well-priced Ready To Hunt package came with the crossbow, 4×32 multi-reticle scope, 3-arrow quiver, 3 Carbon Express Pile Driver Bolts, three field tips, cocking rope, and rail lubricant.

covert crossbow

The finish on the Covert 3.4 is really sharp.

The bow is very easy to handle as it weighs in under 7 pounds. Camryn and I were shooting this bow accurately within one hour of receiving the package. As Camryn has gained confidence behind this bow we’ve moved out to 50 yard shots, where she consistently sends bullseye after bullseye. She is gaining confidence daily and we are beyond excited to get her in front of her first deer this fall.

covert crossbow

The size and fit of the Covert 3.4 make it the perfect option for kids of any age.

Well Built

As a SWAT operator/sniper I spend my fair share of time behind very high quality optics and I was impressed by the provided scope. I found the adjustments to be simple and true and the glass to be more than suitable for the crossbow application. I also noticed a very consistent and clear trigger pull, which Camryn and I both appreciated.

covert crossbow stock

The back end of the Covert 3.4 features a unique design that fits nice and snug to the shoulder.

As the season nears and shooter bucks start to show themselves on our Stealth Cams, I can already see the excitement starting to build as Camryn confidently calls dibs on certain deer. We’re hoping for a great 2016 archery season, blessed with time together and, Lord willing, a deer on the ground for my first-time bowhunter. We’re more than confident that the Carbon Express Covert 3.4 will do its job in the moment of truth.

covert crossbow

Don’t be fooled. This bow is no lightweight. It’s built to be deadly. We can’t wait to try it out in the deer woods this fall.


Carbon Express has you covered with a 5-year warranty on their crossbows. I’ve had the pleasure to deal with their customer service staff in the past and found them to be knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. Rest assured Carbon Express takes care of their customers.

See more from them at http://carbonexpresscrossbow.com

Tech Specs

345 FPS

  • 114 ft-lb of Kinetic Energy
  • 175 lbs Draw Weight
  • 13.5” Power Stroke
  • 7.01 lbs
  • 30 ¾” Length
  • 13.5” (Cocked) 16.25” (Uncocked)
  • 14.5” Length of Pull
  • 4 x 32 Multi-Reticle Scope
  • Next FLX Digital™ Camouflage Pattern
  • MSRP: $599.99

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Great Convection Oven Recipes – Classic Cream Puffs

If you want good pastry made right, here is a great convection oven recipe. If you want, the cream puffs can be prepared up to 12 hours before the filling. You can just freeze them to store longer, just make sure that they are wrapped airtight. To cook the puffs in this recipe, just place them thawed on a baking sheet. Make sure they’re placed slightly apart and bake for 5-8 minutes on a 400 degree oven.

This recipe serves 10 people

Ingredients for this convection oven recipe are:

Cream Puff Dough

Filling (you can choose any of these fillings):

Ice cream

Choco-Orange cream

Whipped cream, lightly sweetened and flavoured

Chocolate flavoured ice cream to be put as a topping (optional)

Confectioner’s sugar (optional)

Preparation of this convection oven recipe:

1. Use a spoon to separate the cream puff dough into 10 mounds. The portions have to be equal at about 1/4 cup. Place these on a baking sheet and make sure they’re at least two inches apart.

2. You then have to bake the puffs in a convection oven set at about 375 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until they are golden brown. If you are cooking multiple sheets at the same time in a single oven, you should make sure to change their positions halfway through baking. Use a wooden skewer to poke holes into each puff and then continue baking them until they’re golden brown. After that, cool the puffs in a rack.

3. Slice off the top of each puff and add about 1/2 cup of your preferred filling. Replace the tops you cut off and then you can put in the toppings you want. This convection oven recipe is very easy to make and you could try experimenting with different fillings.

Source by Roger Mitchell