Venison in Red Wine, Slow Cooker; more Gaudi

It’s like not looking at an accident. I don’t want to but I look anyway.

After discovering that the bright pundits of the day decry using wine in the slow cooker one would have thought I’d learned my lesson.

One would be wrong.

I googled recipes for venison in the slow cooker.

In my defense, my sister always cooked venison in her slow cooker and absolutely loved it. My nephew was an avid hunter so she had a lot of experience. Sadly, she never shared any of the recipes with me…. Probably because I didn’t have a slow cooker at the time.

Anyway, I googled it, looking for inspiration or clever ideas.

After looking at pages and pages of ‘Best recipe ever for cooking venison in your slow cooker’ claims, I gave up.

I gave up because I did not have, (nor did I want to have) cans of cream of mushroom soup, packets of dried onion soup mix, or packages of ranch dressing,

Speaking of which – ranch dressing comes in packages? I thought it was a salad dressing that came in a bottle. Shows what I know… or rather, don’t know.

So I did what I always do: checked the fridge and the pantry, grabbed the wine and threw it all in the pot.

Yes, we had leftovers, but the venison was a gift from our friends who have the deer farm.

Leftovers are a good thing….

Venison in Red Wine, Slow Cooker

Total time: 7 hours


  • 24oz (720gr) boneless venison, cut into pieces
  • 2 shallots, halved
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4oz (120gr) mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240gr) chopped tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbs sage
  • 1 tbs parsley
  • 1 tbs juniper berries
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) beef broth
  • 3/4 cup (6oz, 180ml) red wine
  • 4 tbs tapioca

Venison in Red Wine, Slow Cooker


  • Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker and stir well.
  • Cover and cook, low heat, for 6 hours.
  • Give it a stir half way through if you feel like it
  • Remove bay leaves and serve.

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More Gaudi: Casa Batlló

Town houses tended to be very tall and narrow and built with common walls. So the also tended to be dark. The solution was to have a ‘lightwell’ in the center, It’s a shaft that is open to the sky to let in light and air.

Naturally, the one in this house is gorgeous.

The stairs are on either side with rooms off on all 5 levels.

If you look closely you will see that the blue tiles get lighter towards the bottom of the well – the thinking being that as the light grows dimmer the tiles are lighter to better reflect it.

Part way up is a terrace.

At the top, of course is the rooftop terrace. He even made the chimney pots interesting, and grouped them together for aesthetic value:

Of course there is a nice view of the city:

One last view of the outside, from across the street, showing buildings on either side:

And the top of a bus…..

Last update on February 25, 2018

8 thoughts on “Venison in Red Wine, Slow Cooker; more Gaudi”

  1. I wonder how they constructed all those beautiful buildings? I liked all his adornments for the apartments. I would like to be able to put some of them in the garden. I am not so sure about the church. Now I know it was a work of art but you know it made you think he was a little crazy also. What do you think?

  2. I try very hard to not use canned things in my recipes. Soups, those kinds of things. Or dry mixes that are almost all salt. If I have to use them for something, I’m very particular about what I buy, read the labels carefully and try to buy organic if I can. But there are two or three things husband still asks for occasionally that require that can of soup or dry mix.

    That building makes me dizzy…

    • Once in awhile we have to be easy…. but I think if my French friends ever saw a package of ‘French Onion Soup’ they would have a laughing fit! I like to use jars of taco sauce in my taco salads in summer lol And I use tinned tomatoes when I run out…

  3. Bob and I loved this house. It was the very best. What an amazing man. Seems like he ate the magic mushrooms but probably was just that way. Still seeing non food ads but much less than before.

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