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Dove Pie.

White Winged Doves

Dove season has started in South Texas, so you know what that means: Lots of little birds stuffed and wrapped in jalapenos, bacon and cream cheese. Come December, if you are looking for something special to do with those dove breasts in your freezer, try this tasty warming recipe. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon with friends and bottles of Becker Vineyards 2008 Barbera.  Nummy…

Dove Pie with Madeira Sauce
(Adapted from Brian Turner)

Ingredients:
* 450 g puff pastry
* 8 dove breasts
* 25 g butter
* 55 g button mushrooms, finely diced
* 350 g pork sausage meat
* splash Worcestershire sauce
* splash tabasco
* 1 egg
* 1 egg yolk

For the sauce
* 75 g butter
* 2 shallots, finely chopped
* 60 ml madeira, Rich Old Bual
* 60 ml white wine
* 300 ml thickened beef stock
* 1 tbsp chopped parsley

Method
1. For the pie: preheat the oven to 400F.
2. Roll out the pastry dough on a floured surface and cut into 2 pieces 12 x 30cm.
3. Heat the butter in a frying pan and quickly seal the dove breasts until lightly browned. Remove from the pan and allow to cool.
4. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook until tender. Drain and allow to cool.
5. Mix the sausage meat with the cooled mushrooms, then add the Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce and season with salt and pepper.
6. Beat the egg with the egg yolk. Brush over the edges of one piece of dough.
7. Lay the sausage eat mixture down the centre of the dough. Lay the dove breasts on top.
8. Carefully fold the remaining piece of dough in half lengthwise and cut halfway through in 1cm spaces. Lay this on top of the filling and seal the edges well. Crimp the edges and brush with the egg wash.
9. Put on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes, and then reduce the oven temperature to 375F and cook for a further 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to rest.
10. For the sauce: heat 25g butter in a medium pan and gently cook the shallots until soft.
11. Add the Madeira and cook steadily until reduced by half. Add the white wine and cook until reduced by two-thirds.
12. Add the stock to the pan and cook for a few minutes until the sauce is hot. Remove from the heat and beat in the remaining butter. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the parsley.
13. To serve: slice the pie at an angle and serve with the sauce.

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It’s too bad they don’t bring attention to the South Texas drought the same way they do to homeland security. If so, we would probably be at level RED.  Reading this from the Texas A&M Agrilife news is scary enough:

Unless they receive significant rain in the next week or two, dryland cotton in the Rolling Plains may not make a crop. But by far, conditions are most dire in counties south of U.S. Interstate Highway 10, AgriLife Extension agents said.

 “Range and pastures remain in very poor condition with forage supply and livestock water from stock tanks at critically low levels,” said Isaac J. Cavazos, AgriLife Extension agent for McMullen County. “Low forage supply conditions coupled with high feed prices and low stock tank water levels are forcing ranchers to further cull their herds and in some cases liquidate the entire herd.”

I wonder what the going rate was for Hereford cattle in good times. You can get one now for $2200 at Brown Ranch in Beeville.

It’s not just cattle that are suffering. Wildlife populations are at risk in South Texas too, said Dr. Jim Gallagher, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist based in Uvalde.

“It’s gotten so dry that the (feral) hogs have moved out,” he said.

Gallagher was not kidding. Areas such as Caldwell County that had high incidences of hog damage are now not seeing hogs.

Wildlife and hunting leases are big business in South Texas. Many landowners make from three to five times as much on their wildlife ventures as they do in conventional agriculture, according to Gallagher.

“It’s getting tougher; there’s no doubt about it,” he said. “I was farther south on the Coastal Plains during July. Adult quail seem to be surviving all right, but out of the couple of dozen groups that I saw, about 20 were just a male and female pair. And that’s some of the better results that I’ve seen.”

This was sad to read. Especially since we have a friend that found a dead fawn in her pool yesterday…

Gallagher said he has seen some fawns but he wonders how many will live. Although there is cover for the mother deer to hide the fawn in some areas, he wonders if does will have enough food to produce sufficient milk to support their fawns into the fall.

More information on drought in Texas can be found at the Web site of the Drought Joint Information Center at http://agrilife.tamu.edu/drought/.

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Beeville Farmer’s Market

Beeville, TX

Beeville Farmers Market
Beeville Downtown Depot Pavilion
First Saturday of the Month
May thru December
9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The city of Beeville has a farmer’s market showcasing local produce, eggs, plants, arts and crafts, baked goods, food and entertainment. New vendors welcome.

For more information, email market@beevilletx.org or call Terri Scott, 361-362-0063

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