Moroccan Elk or Venison Stew from “Girl Hunter”

December 13, 2011

in Recipes, Soups & Stews, Wild Foods

A couple of months ago, I had a distinct pleasure of being offered an advance copy of Georgia Pellegrini‘s new book, Girl Hunter. This book is a memoir that covers Georgia’s personal journey from the trading floor at Lehman Brothers to a huntswoman and a writer, and some amazing life trajectory that is. Although I don’t spend a whole lot of time reading on a regular basis (little kids can sometimes do that to your brain), I swallowed this one in two days flat because the narrative flows beautfiully, and because, personally, I can relate intimately to some of Georgia’s exact experiences in the field (i.e., while hunting). If you have never hunted and wonder what it feels like, this book does a wonderful job of sharing the inner experience that accompanies the sport. I especially recommend it to the folks who, like Georgia and myself, come from a relatively urban background and care deeply about where their meat comes from and how it is harvested.

When Georgia’s publisher invited me to try one of the several recipes from the book and share it on my blog, I settled on Moroccan Elk Stew (which could also be made with venison), as the combination of red meat, cinnamon and dried fruit in the recipe reminded me of my native Azerbaijan and fit right in with how I cook already. Although I made a couple of enhancements and substitutions along the way due to both habit and necessity, I am pleased to report that the resulting stew was absolutely delectable, and I am so glad to be able to bring it to you today.

Here is what it looks like, and here is the recipe as it appeared in the book, with my own notes in bold:


And that’s it!

If you’ve got a moment, check out the official Girl Hunter book trailer here:


1 Georgia Pellegrini December 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Looks amazing Sofya! Thanks so much for reading Girl Hunter and sharing it :)
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2 marla December 20, 2011 at 11:51 pm

This stew is amazing! I will be posting a similar one shortly as well :)

3 Sofya December 21, 2011 at 12:59 am

I really enjoyed it!

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