Christmas Recipes…. The Beautiful Juniper Berry…. Saucy…


Christmas is coming and very quickly now so I will be giving you a daily recipe of either a tried and tested family favourite or something new to me…

Every year I try to make at least one new dish and it is so much easier here as so many people come and go from all corners of the world through my life now and I mostly manage to wheedle a recipe or two from them…lol

The Juniper Berry I had heard of but not used in my cooking until I moved here…My Swiss friend gave me a recipe for Surre Moche…..which is very, very nice and similar to the Beef Bourgogne which was the very first dish I cooked for my husband…A man who didn’t like garlic, spices anything that wasn’t meat and two vegs…..Guess what? He does now.!..haha

The Juniper Berry comes from beautiful evergreen trees which can grow as high as 131ft or Junipers can come on small low growing spreading shrubs so depending on where you hail from in the world you should able to find these luscious little berries.

They are also used to  make a spice which is used in a variety of cuisines and culinary dishes.

But ladies just in case you didn’t know it the primary flavour in Gin….

Oh yes, one of those would go down very nicely at the moment…lol… Cooks perks!


I also have a recipe( for) most things and I just happen to have one for a lovely homemade tonic water and once you make it you will never ever buy a can or bottle of tonic again…I will share the recipe with you not sure which day so keep watching and don’t miss a post…

The sauce recipe paired with game meat like Venison, quail, pheasant it makes a great sauce. I give you…Ta Da!

Juniper Berry Sauce:


  • 1 banana shallot peeled and finely chopped.
  • 8 juniper berries very lightly crushed.
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped.
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 200 ml white burgundy or a dry white wine.
  • 4 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 40 gm butter
  • 25 gm flour
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves.
  • 3oo ml venison stock
  • 100 ml double cream
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Let’s Cook!

Put the shallot, garlic, sugar, white wine vinegar, juniper berries, white wine and the fresh thyme in a pan and bring to the boil.

Lower the heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes this needs to reduce to about 2 tbsp.

In another pan melt the butter and whisk in the flour to make a roux.  Strain your wine reduction through a fine sieve and still whisking…we don’t want a lumpy sauce now do we? Add the wine reduction….keep whisking!

Pick out the juniper berries from the strained mix in your sieve and add to the sauce. Keep whisking and add the stock slowly ….to the sauce a ladle at a time.  Cook the sauce for 10 mins or until it coats the back of a spoon.

Finally, pour in the cream and bring to a very slow simmer.

Remove from the heat and season.

The sauce can be used immediately or reheated when it is needed.

This is a beautiful sauce over when poured over a  luscious piece of beautifully cooked venison or my favourite quail… if you have guests for dinner or just for that special occasion.






19 thoughts on “Christmas Recipes…. The Beautiful Juniper Berry…. Saucy…

  1. Kyla Matton Osborne

    I have to admit that I still haven’t tried cooking with juniper berries. I really should, as I have a continuous free supply at my folks’ house!


  2. doandersen

    Another great delight – thanks for sharing Carol. I have a collection of your posts saved as bookmarks, and in other social sites, because I am slowly making my way through cooking them! Glad to hear your sons cook. My mother taught me to cook at an early age!


  3. marisselee

    Why wouldn’t everyone want to see you when they can learn not only to cook but also be aware of the trivia that comes with the ingredients? A bonus really in reading your posts. I always love your side stories before giving the main lesson. And as to your husband, I heard a lot that the way to a man’s heart is thru his stomach. Now I do not wonder anymore why I am single. Lol! That rule applies the other way around where I am concerned and the first question I ever ask is: “Do you happen to know how to cook?” Hahahaha!

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      1. marisselee

        Hahahaha @ good wives. I hope they are not reading your blogs dear madam or they would say “moommmmm”. I was already wondering why I keep only seeing Doc Andersen’s posts in my FB. I thought Carol must be busy.

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      2. Carol Post author

        I have been this week and I tell them that to their faces…They have great senses of humour as well and good at shopping…There is no job I can do that they can’t …Bless them 🙂


      3. marisselee

        Shoot! There are actually men like that these days?! I thought they are gone extinct after my dad’s generation. Wait, Carol, do you happen to have one who is still not taken? 😂😂😂 Please do not take that seriously. I am really bad 😜. I make jokes about such subject and death and almost everything…mind you with poker face 😂😂😂 funny when people look at me like 😱😲😨

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      4. Carol Post author

        Too late my dear and my grandsons are too young…lol…Although my friend( god rest her soul) had designs on my eldest and some of the things she said to me…I am blushing now…She didn’t follow up on it though or that might have hastened her demise…R.I.P Mo…I am jesting xxx


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