Well, actually it could be a male deer. I'm not sure. I didn't ask.
My husband invited his friend over for dinner... which is fine, except that he didn't tell me this before I went shopping last week. And then yesterday his mother decided to invite herself over for dinner as well. So, suddenly, I've gone from dinner for two to dinner for four.
Luckily, last time I went to the farmer's market I picked up a piece of venison to roast, which I had in the freezer.
Venison may be eaten as steaks, roasts, sausages, jerky and minced meat. It has a flavor similar to beef, but is much leaner and the fibers of the meat are short and tender. Venison is lower in calories, cholesterol and fat than most cuts of beef, pork, or lamb.
Now, Mrs Beeton would have me roast an entire haunch wrapped in pastry for about 4 and a half hours. For my 800g of venison, that would probably result in a tiny charred chunk of something inedible.
So I will be roasting mine in the manner told to me by the venison guy... however, it will be accompanied by red currant sauce, and I'm going to do Apple dumplings for afters, so hopefully there will be enough to go around at this impromptu dinner.