One of those heart warming ones....
This venison stew is an amazing one for those cold winter evenings. A real heart warmer, while being totally free from complex-carb.
At The Green Bootcamps we refrain from eating beef as it is a very unsustainable meat so using venison is a great, sustainable and lean alternative.
- 4 tablespoons chickpea flour
- sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 800 g quality stewing venison, cut into 2cm chunks
- olive oil
- 2 onions, peeled and roughly chopped
- 3 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 3 turnips, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 sticks celery , trimmed and roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon juniper berries , crushed in a pestle and mortar
- 2 sprigs of rosemary , leaves picked and chopped
- 1 knob butter
- 6 sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 organic vegetable or mushroom stock cubes (I used one of each)
- 1 clove garlic , peeled and finely chopped
1. Dust a chopping board with 2 tablespoons of flour and a good pinch of salt and pepper, and toss your chunks of meat through this mixture until well coated.
2. Heat a large pan on a high heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil and fry your meat for 3 minutes to brown it. Add your chopped onions, carrots, celery, crushed juniper berries, rosemary and the knob of butter. Add a few tablespoons of water, give everything a good stir, then place the lid on the pan and let everything steam for 4 to 5 minutes so the flavours really mingle together.
3. Take the lid off so your meat and veg start to fry, and stir every so often for 5 to 10 minutes.
4. Chop your parsley stalks finely, and once the onions start to caramelize, add them to the pan with your crumbled stock cubes. Stir, and pour in enough water to cover the mixture by a couple of inches. Put the parsley leaves aside for later.
5. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down to medium low so that the stew is just simmering.
6. Slow cook for at least 2 hours with the lid slightly askew, or until the meat falls apart easily. Keep an eye on it as it cooks, and add splashes of water if you think it looks too dry.
7. Put your chopped garlic in the middle of a chopping board. Add most of your parsley leaves with a teaspoon of sea salt and half a teaspoon of black pepper. Chop everything together so you get a kinda chunky paste. Add this to the stew and stir through. Chop the last of your parsley leaves and sprinkle over before serving.