Yield 4 ptns


  • 640g Venison loin (cut into 160g steaks)
  • 4ptns Braised red cabbage (see recipe)
  • 400g Commice pears (cut into wedges) – or good other
  • 4ptns Sloe gin sauce (see recipe)


Cook Red Cabbage (see recipe), set aside – can be done in advance.

Cook Sloe Gin sauce (see recipe), set aside – can be done in advance.

Season the pear wedges with coarsely milled black pepper and panfry until nicely golden brown, set aside – can be done in advance.

Cook venison to required temperature, rest. Reheat the red cabbage, heat sauce and pears. Present as required – serve.

NB – Nice with roast potatoes, greens, and/or a flat parsley and sliced shallot salad

Braised red cabbage

Yield 40 ptns


  • 500g Red cabbage (finely shredded)
  • 100g White onion (grated)
  • 100ml Red wine
  • 20g Fresh Horseradish (grated)
  • 50ml Orange juice
  • 200g Apple (grated)
  • 50g Demerara sugar
  • 45g Red currant jelly
  • 1 pinch Cayenne pepper
  • 1.5g Seasalt (or to taste)


In a deep pot (with lid) over medium heat, sweat the red cabbage, onion, horseradish and apple, stirring well, until slightly soft (do not colour).

Add the red wine, orange juice, sugar, red current jelly and cayenne pepper, cook down gently (without a lid) until all liquid has evaporated, keep stirring well. It should develop a nice sheen on the cabbage.

Serve as required.

Sloe gin jus

Yield 4 Ptns


  • 40g Shallot (diced)
  • 50g Button mushrooms (diced)
  • 50g Celery (diced)
  • 50g Fennel (diced)
  • 3 each Juniper berries (crushed)
  • 20g Unsalted butter (diced & chilled)
  • 30ml Red wine vinegar
  • 1ea Garlic clove (crushed)
  • 400ml Veal jus
  • 50ml Sloe gin
  • 40ml Vegetable oil for frying


In a pan cook the diced vegetables until nicely browned.

Add the vinegar, stir well, and boil to reduce completely.

Stir in the juniper berries, crushed garlic, sloe gin and veal stock, bring to the boil and simmer gently, skimming very regularly until the desired consistency is achieved.

Pass through a fine sieve, squeezing as much liquid as possible out of the remaining vegetables, and then pass through muslin cloth (optional).

You can chill it at this stage for use next day.

To serve, heat required amount of sauce, when it reaches the boil whisk in the chilled diced butter, check seasoning – serve.