Star Anise Dusted Venison With Red Grapes

Pair this Star Anise Dusted Venison With Red Grapes with a glass of Shiraz.

I started blogging in September 2009 and I can see such a huge movement in where my blogging has gone since the beginning. At first, my blog was all about my recipes. I did not even take photographs. All I wanted to do was share my recipes. I was not a writer, just a cook. I then moved along to taking photographs with my cell phone and the next step was to get myself a camera and a tripod. My blog is still all about my recipes, but now along with a list of ingredients and what to do with them, I share my thoughts, musings and memories. I edit my photographs and add my name to them – one because I am proud of how my photographs continue to improve and two because I want to stop other people scraping my photographs as has happened in the past. One of the things I am most proud of is that I have been asked by Woolworths to write blog posts for them, with recipes. In January I wrote about grapes. This recipe was inspired by the fact that Woolworths do such lovely venison. I decided to pair the sweet red grape variety, Flame, with some venison fillet. Given that venison and grapes are complimented by star anise I used this as the flavour base for my dish. This spicy meat will go well with a glass of Shiraz.

Star Anise Dusted Venison With Red Grapes
Star Anise Dusted Venison With Red Grapes
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Star Anise Dusted Venison With Red Grapes

Recipe Category: Main Course
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 1 star anise
  • 1.25 mls black peppercorns
  • 5 mls salt
  • 1 venison fillet
  • 15 g butter
  • 15 mls olive oil
  • 80 mls red wine
  • 100 g red grapes halved


  • use a spice grinder to grind the star anise, peppercorns and salt into a fine powder
  • pat dry the venison and rub the spices over the meat
  • heat the butter and the olive oil in a frying pan
  • when the pan is hot cook the venison 2 minutes per side
  • add the red wine and then remove the venison and leave it to rest
  • add the grapes and allow the sauce to thicken
  • you do not want to grapes to break down too much
  • slice the venison and pour the sauce over the venison

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26 thoughts on “Star Anise Dusted Venison With Red Grapes

  1. Even the name of the dish sounds so romantic! The dish is gorgeous, IΒ΄d probably have to use a beef fillet (if I could get hold of one) but I love the flavours in this dish.

  2. Very nice recipe Tandy!
    I can imagine all the mouth-watering flavours… Yummy πŸ™‚
    One thing, I followed your link for scraping, and then followed the links to JO’s brownies and the other one, but I think that link had changed, because I couldn’t find any brownie recipe in there or any post prior to November 2011, for that matter… I put my name on my photos too, don’ like scraping neither.

    Have a nice day πŸ˜‰

    1. hi, I have followed the JO link and it goes to the post. But I see the other one no longer goes to where I meant it to go. Thanks for letting me know. Enjoy your day as well πŸ™‚

  3. I think blogging is like an ongoing evolution and change. Speaking of needing to watermark your pictures, what program do you use? Lovely venison dish. Take care, Bam

  4. Congratulations on the Woolworth’s thingy. What a great compliment, and well deserved, Tandy. This recipe sounds so delicious. I agree with Chica that the name sounds really romantic. I think I will probably use pork though.

  5. Now I’m hungry…Yes, I can see where Pork would probably be more complimented with the grapes and Star Anis, than Beef, but, I bet I wouldn’t walk away from the table with a plate still full of either…Great looking recipe.

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