800g of Fallow Venison loin approx 200g per person
1 butternut pumpkin peeled halved and deseeded
200g Girolle mushrooms
50ml chicken stock
Small amount of chopped parsley
Cut the venison loin into four equal pieces. Next, cut twelve thick equal pieces from the butternut reserving the trimmings for your puree. Wash the girolle mushrooms by submerging in a bowl of water briefly and drain well. Cut the root end off the Travise so it falls apart into individual leaves and take twelve of the nicest leaves.
For the butternut puree
Using the trimmings of the butternut gently cook in a pan with a little butter being careful not to let it colour. When the butternut is soft, add the mix to a food blender and puree until silky smooth.
Using a large pre-heated pan add a little butter and olive oil. Season the venison with salt and pepper, place in the pan and colour on all sides. This will take about four to five minutes. Make sure you turn the venison continuously and do not over cook it, as the meat will dry out; you should be aiming for a nice pink colour. When this is done, leave to rest in a warm place above an oven or under a cloth. Using the same pan, add a little oil and colour the butternut pieces, then reduce the heat slightly and add a tiny amount of chicken stock and cook until almost soft then add the washed girolles, increasing the heat. Cook for one minute tossing the pan two to three times. Then add the Travise leaves and keep on the heat for a further minute until the Travise becomes limp and wilted. Add a squeeze of lemon, a further knob of butter and the chopped parsley and finally season.
To serve, arrange on a plate with pieces of butternut, Travise, girolles and venison with small amounts of butternut puree in between to make a rustic but an attractive looking dish. Finish with a small amount of the cooking juice and rock salt.