• 1 kg venison from the haunch
  • 30 g clarified butter (ghee)
  • 1 onion
  • 400 ml venison or game stock
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Salt
  • Pepper, freshly ground
  • 500 g chestnuts
  • 500 g Hokkaido pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp. chopped parsley


Trim the venison and cut into cubes of 3–4 cm. Peel and finely dice the onion. Fry the meat cubes in batches, in hot clarified butter. Add the onion and tomato purée and fry briefly, then pour in the stock and season the meat with salt and pepper. Dry-roast the coriander seeds, cumin, star anise and cinnamon stick in a pan until the spices start to smell fragrant. Add the whole star anise and whole cinnamon stick to the ragout. In a mortar, finely grind the coriander seeds and cumin, then also add. Cover and leave to simmer for 90–120 minutes. In the meantime, score the chestnuts crosswise, place in boiling salted water and cook for approx. 5 minutes, then drain, rinse, and leave to cool slightly before peeling them. If necessary, peel the pumpkin first. Then cut in half, remove the seeds, and cut the flesh into cubes. Add the chestnuts and pumpkin to the meat after about 90 minutes of cooking time and simmer for a further 15–30 minutes. Serve the ragout garnished with chopped parsley.


Ilka Dorn

Ilka Dorn lives with her family on an old farm on the Lower Rhine area and has been the owner of an advertising agency for more than 20 years. In her free time, the mother of two sons loves to cook for her family, friends and guests, with a particular fondness for preparing the venison of game hunted in her local hunting grounds. She discovered her passion for hunting more than 30 years ago. Her knowledge of wild herbs, mushrooms and all the other treasures of nature was taught by her grandmother and her mother at an early age.

For Ilka Dorn, hunting is both a privilege and a craft, which she carries out with great respect for nature and for the game. For her, hunting today represents the fairest and most justifiable way to obtain meat as food. When she is out hunting she relies on high-quality optics from Leica – whether hunting by day or night.

Products in use

Leica Geovid R 8×56

Leica Magnus 1.8-12×50 i

Leica Calonox View

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