Venison is the meat of a wild game animal, in particular, a deer. The term "venison" actually comes from the Latin word "venor", meaning to hunt or to pursue. Venison used to be the term used to describe most game meats, but more recently, venison is strictly used to describe deer. In South Africa, venison is actually antelope. Venison is a game meat, so it has a richer and stronger flavour than beef, but it also tends to be leaner and finer in texture. It's also low in calories and fat, too, making it a great choice if you're trying to watch your calorie intake. Take a look at our venison recipes below, including simple crispy venison escalopes, venison steaks and chocolate sauce and homemade smoked venison jerky.

More and more people are eating game meat than ever before and it is now becoming widely available in supermarkets and at your local butcher's. Certain venison cuts will be a little more difficult to get a hold of than others, for example, ribs, but if you ask your local butcher to order them in for you, you should be fine.

If you're a little afraid of the gamey flavour of venison, you can help to disguise it a little by marinating the venison overnight before cooking. You could also cook the venison with some pork or with beef – either would be delicious. You can buy venison in lots of different forms, including stewing steak, lean steak, boneless roasting joint and mincemeat – it's much more versatile than you might think.

Take a look at the venison recipes above for some inspiration.