Seared Venison Loin with Allspice, Thyme and Minted Pea Mash paleo dinner recipe beef grass-fed-min

Recipe: Seared Venison Loin with Allspice, Thyme and Minted Pea Mash

Another highly under rated meat, top quality venison is rich in flavour, lean and packed with nutrients. It can be tricky to source, so speak with your butcher and see what is available. It works great with fresh herbs like allspice and thyme – and is complimented perfectly by one of my favourite sides, minted pea mash!

Venison Loin Ingredients:

  • 750g venison loin
  • 1 tbsp allspice berries
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • Sea salt

For the Pea Mash:

  • 300g frozen garden peas
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 red chilli pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • Sea salt, to taste

Venison Loin How To:

In a mortar and pestle, crush the allspice berries and black peppercorns. Add the garlic cloves and thyme, and squish them altogether to form a paste. Pour in the olive oil, and season to taste with a little sea salt. Rub this all over the venison loin.

Heat a little oil in your largest, frying pan to a high heat. When the oil is really hot, place the venison in the pan and sear for around 6 minutes each side (for medium – rare). If needs be, check if it is cooked to your liking by cutting gently into it with a sharp knife. Leave to stand for 5 minutes before carving and serving.

To make the pea mash, cook the frozen peas as you would normally before draining and transferring to a large bowl. Add the olive oil, then roughly mash with a potato masher – you don’t want it to be too smooth. Add the garlic, chilli and mint, then whizz it altogether with a fork.

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Seared Venison Loin with Allspice, Thyme and Minted Pea Mash paleo dinner recipe beef grass-fed-min

Paleo Diet Recipe Primal Middle Eastern Duck Salad-min

Recipe: Middle Eastern Duck Salad

Hot, shredded duck and a vibrant salad, tossed in a delicately spiced dressing. This duck salad is seduction in a bowl, if I do say so myself.

Duck Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 roasted duck legs (if buying fresh duck, follow the roasting guidelines below)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, plus extra
  • 1 tbsp ras el hanout spice blend
  • Juice ½ clementine
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 large handful watercress
  • 1 large handful pea shoots
  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • Small handful fresh mint leaves
  • 100g pomegranate seeds

Duck Salad How To:

To roast the duck

Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F / Gas Mark 6

Heat a griddle to a high heat. Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil, then sear the duck legs for a couple of minutes each side until golden in colour.

Drizzle the duck with a little more olive oil, season with salt and pepper, then leave to roast in the oven for 2 hours. Leave to stand before 10 minutes before shredding.

For the salad

Combine the olive oil and the ras-el-hanout in a small saucepan. Heat gently until aromatic, then transfer to a measuring jug. Whisk in the Clementine juice, honey, and a little salt and pepper.

In a large serving bowl, toss together the watercress, pea shoots, carrot and mint leaves.

Shred the duck with a fork, and add to the salad. Toss in the spiced dressing, then scatter over the pomegranate seeds to serve.

Paleo Diet Recipe Primal Middle Eastern Duck Salad-min