Spicy Farmshop News

Here at Chestnut Meats, a whole new adventure is about to begin - we want to make our products more accessible and open our facilities up for the local (and not so local) community to enjoy!

We are proposing to expand our Butchery facilities on a new site in Cheshire including a small Farmshop & Cafe.

Tim & Marnie are hoping to capture the local audience as well as improve the buying experience for our online customers - providing a convenient place to buy incredible quality meat alongside a selection of our other fantastic farmshop goods.

Our customers from further afield will now be able to stop for a hot drink and be able to browse other fine Cheshire produce after a long drive before returning home. We also plan on making our Goats and other livestock more accessible - to feed and enjoy watching them climb our feature Cheshire brick spectacle "The Goat Tower" (principle pictured above).

More information will be available soon - if you have any questions, business enquiries or general feedback please email us: farmshop@chestnutmeats.co.uk

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Hairy Mutton Saag

It's not actually hairy, I promise - that's only David & Simon, The Hairy Bikers!


Preparation time: less than 30 mins

Cooking time: over 2 hours

Serves: 6



5 tbsp sunflower oil
4 large onions, peeled and sliced
10 cardamom pods
1 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tsp mustard seeds
¼ cinnamon stick
6 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
2 long red chillies, sliced
1 tbsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground turmeric
500g spinach leaves (preferably not baby spinach), stalks removed, washed and drained
1Kg Boneless Mutton
1 tsp flaked sea salt, plus extra to taste
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp tomato purée
freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat three tablespoons of the sunflower oil in a large heavy-based frying pan and cook the onions gently for 20 minutes, or until softened and golden-brown.
  2. Meanwhile place the cardamom pods in a pestle and mortar and pound lightly to split the pods. Tip onto a board and open each pod, scraping the seeds back into the mortar. Add the cumin, mustard seeds and cinnamon stick and grind into a fine, dry powder.
  3. Remove half of the onions and transfer to a plate. Return the pan to the heat and stir in chillies and garlic and cook for three minutes. Add the ground spices, ground coriander and turmeric and fry, stirring constantly, for two minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3.
  5. Add 300g/10z spinach to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat, scrape into a heatproof bowl and set aside to cool.
  6. Return the pan to the heat and add one tablespoon of oil. Season the mutton all over with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Fry the mutton over a medium-high heat in 2-3 batches until nicely browned on all sides, adding a little more oil if necessary. As soon as one batch is browned, transfer to a medium flame-proof casserole while the rest is fried.
  7. Transfer the spiced onions and spinach to a food processor and blend to a thick green paste. Stir into the casserole dish with the lamb and add the bay leaf, tomato purée and 800ml/1⅓ pints cold water. Season with a teaspoon of sea salt flakes, stir well and bring to a simmer.
  8. Remove from the heat and cover the surface of the curry with a piece of crumpled baking parchment. Place a lid on top of the casserole and cook in the oven for 2½-3 hours or until the mutton is very tender and the sauce is thick.
  9. Stir in the reserved onions and the remaining spinach. Cover with the lid and return to the oven for a further 15-20 minutes or until the onions are hot and the spinach has wilted. Serve with rice or warm naan bread.