Venison Filet Mignon; are you tired?

What makes you tired?

The kind of tired that makes your mind go blank and you lose the will to move…. Unless it's to move chocolate to the lips.

For me there are two kinds of tired – the good kind and the exhausting kind.

The good kind of tired is how I feel after a brisk four-hour walk, uphill all the way or an all day bicycle ride along the back roads or even after a good ride on the stationary bike followed by 30 or 40 minutes of weight training.

My muscles are tired but my brain is sharp.

Actually, any of those activities seems to put my brain into overdrive, and, at the end of the exercise, I'm brimming with new ideas, new projects to tackle and old problems solved. I'm full of energy and ready to take on the world…. Or, at least, the puppies. 

The other kind of tired, the exhausting kind, is how I feel after driving for six hours on the motorway or having a four-hour lunch or doing the weekly shopping.

It doesn't take me long to do the shopping, my usual store is only 30 minutes away and I'm rarely inside for more than an hour. Of course, there is another 30 minutes at home unpacking and putting everything away…..

At no time does my pulse rate go up, my breathing get any more rapid or a single muscle have to strain or stretch.

And yet,when I'm finished I'm exhausted…. I have no energy to do anything.  We even have a tradition of giving the dogs big chewies when I come home from the store – just so I don't have to deal with them, either.

I sit down at the computer, poise my fingertips over the keyboard, and become still as a statue.  

Nothing is flowing from the brain to the keyboard.  All the synapses have quit firing. There is nothing but a vast emptiness.

I have no idea what it is that makes such a mundane, common task so debilitating… I just know it does, and try to plan my day accordingly.

Maybe I should try riding my bike to the store…..

Of course, I'd have to pull a trailer behind to carry the shopping….

It didn't make me the least bit fatigued to meander over to the neighboring farm to buy some venison last fall.  I was thrilled when she managed to find the last package of filet mignon (after assuring me she had none left).

Venison is a lean, red meat, and if not over-cooked, is tender with a wonderful flavor.

Rumor has it that over-cooking can lead to a gamey taste.

I can't say if that's true – these steaks we cooked to medium-rare and they were perfect.  But I also use less tender cuts in long-cooking stews and medium-cooking stroganoffs, both with excellent results.

I fixed them simply, finished with just a bit of sauce…. Nothing too strong or too complex, letting the venison be the star.

Venison Steaks
Venison Filet Mignon

1 venison filet mignon / tenderloin
1 tbs olive oil
1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) red wine
1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) beef stock
1 tsp tomato paste

Slice the venison into 1" (2.5cm) thick slices.  Heat oil in a large skillet until very hot.  Add steaks and sauté quickly,  1 – 2 minutes per side. Season with salt, pepper, remove and keep warm.
Add red wine, beef stock and boil quickly, until reduced by half. Add tomato paste and stir well.
Spoon sauce onto a platter, top with steaks and serve.


What is it that makes you tired?

7 thoughts on “Venison Filet Mignon; are you tired?”

  1. I know what you mean about the tired…..I think it has to do with aging. sigh I need to ask about the venison. Obviously what you are eating in France is not the Wisconsin white-tailed deer we are used to. Is there a great difference? I know when we have eaten venison in Europe, it is milder tasting. This tenderloin that you bought….was this a wild deer? Thanks for the info. I am always curious. Susan

  2. Susan, they look like the same, white-tailed deer but I’m not an expert. They’re wild, but on a farm, in a large, fenced woods. They’re hunted, then butchered and the meat sold. My nephew hunts lots in Wisconsin, and used to give us a deer most years. I think they taste about the same 😉

  3. I love the supermarket shop but loathe the putting away bit. I find boredom very tiring and try to avoid it at all times. Isn’t there a saying that the less you do, the less you want to do. I hope that is never me !!

  4. You might try a Vitamin B complex if not already part of your daily regimen. It seems to supply whatever it is that keeps those nerve synapses firing. as we start to age.

  5. It makes me tired knowing that you can meander over to the neighbouring venison farm while I can’t remember the last time I had venison and that here I’d have to bicycle for hours and hours to find venison … if it were even findable.
    Your Venison Filet Mignon sounds wonderful.

  6. Greg, a long walk is always good for the brain – not bad to work off the food, either….
    manningroad, boredom puts me to sleep, makes me more bored, more tired… vicious circle. Exercise is the only cure ;-)) I hate putting it all away….
    Pam, exercise works best 😉
    Elizabeth, what can I say – sometimes we get the good stuff LOL (I don’t have any Asian markets)

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