That offal (in this case, chicken livers served rare) appears in contemporary taxidermist Polly Morgan’s favourite recipe should not be much of a surprise. For the artist’s work includes, among the stunning coiled snakes on plinths and members of the finch family slumped around picture frames, Myocardial Infarction (2013), featuring five lovebirds feasting on a resin heart, its blood dripping down a white display stand. After all, someone whose freezer may, at times, contain four years’ worth of garden birds, a cormorant and a chimp, and who knows how to skin a baby giraffe, is unlikely to be fazed by a hint of pink in the middle of her chicken livers.

Conference pears
Chicken livers
Sour cream

Chop the pears (minimum of four) and fry in butter and salt. When reduced and mushy with a crisp edge, start to sear the livers. Serve rare, with pear on the side, on a bed of lettuce and basil and a dollop of sour cream.

As originally featured in the June 2016 issue of Wallpaper* (W*207)