Honey Infused Prune Deer Tagine

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I swear I get addicted to something new every two weeks. I used to be addicted to almond butter, then sweet potatoes, then broccoli, then cake in a mug, then dark chocolate walnuts…and almonds, then figs, and now….honey. No, not just any honey. CREAMED honey. Effing ridiculous. Like, if I was eating a spoonful of creamed honey when I was dying, I would die smiling. It tastes unlike any kind of honey I’ve ever had. Probably because it came from Larkspur, CO…and I live in CO…therefore the honey is sweeter than usual. Ha, I’m clever. Get it?! Because I’m so sweet! Bahahahaha, sh*ts funny. Not really.

Anywho, I’ve been trying to consume this honey in small amounts so it will last longer. It’s the kind of honey you can eat by the spoonful, with nothing else, and be completely satisfied. Your tongue hurts after from all the sugar, but it’s fine. But just the honey wasn’t cutting it the other night. Sometimes at night, specifically when it’s that time of the month (omg if you are a guy a just got grossed out, you’re a tool) I find myself staring into the pantry and the fridge, waiting for some kind of sweet to jump out at me. But I usually don’t have an entire flourless chocolate cake sitting around, so I have to resort to other things…like creamed honey. And….dun dun dun….PEANUT BUTTER.

Ok, I’d be lying if I said I had to resort to it. I actually wanted it. Like, OMG I’m gonna die if I don’t have peanut butter right now, craved it. So what did I do? I went to TWO grocery stores to try to find it. I legit spent gas money on something I knew I shouldn’t be consuming just because I knew I would want to gouge my eyes out if I didn’t have it soon. Ok, overkill. But for real. If I want something bad enough that I will space out time in my day to go to the store(s), find the peanut butter, spend money on the peanut butter, then scoop it out with multiple fingers while driving an operating vehicle (yes I have/would do that)…I know I deserve it. Does it hold a candle to my homemade almond butter or macadamia nut butter? Oh hellllll no. But it can come close to it in the right moments. Especially when I usually spoon my peanut butter first, than double dip it into the creamed honey. RI.DIC.U.LOUS.

You know what blew? I couldn’t find the peanut butter. I COULDN’T FREAKING FIND IT. Dumbest night ever. That mineral water just REALLY hit the spot. That was a lie.

I have issues.

Just FYI, this meal was delicious. If you’ve never bought tagine seasoning before, this is now the time. It smells kinda weird, but tastes effing bomb. No, I don’t know how to pronounce. No, I don’t care to know. I just love the flavor it protrudes. And with prunes, it’s insane. Go buy the spice now. I’m done talking about peanut butter.


Paleo Honey Infused Prune Deer Tagine


  • 1 lb deer steaks*, diced
  • 1 cup dried prunes (make sure none have pits. that hurts to bite into)
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoon tagine seasonings
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • salt, to taste


  1. Put all your diced meat in a large bowl. Cover with tagine seasonings and coat thoroughly. Let sit while you prepare the rest of your food.
  2. Pull out a large skillet over medium heat, add your coconut oil to the pan to heat then add your sliced onions to start caramelizing.
  3. When they become translucent, add your dried prunes and cover to help soften. Let cook for about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Now make a little open area in the middle of your prune and onion mixture, add your diced deer and let cook for about 3 minutes, continuously mixing to help cook on all sides, but keep pretty medium rare.
  5. Add your honey right at the end, mix all that good stuff together, then serve.
  6. Be careful with your deer. If you cook it too long, it can get a bit tough. Eating raw meat is more fun anyways.

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*If you don’t have deer steaks, you can use any other diced meat. Steak, pork, chicken. Whatevs.

**I topped this meal off with some toasted pumpkin seeds that I had on hand but it would be delicious with toasted sliced almonds as well!!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


10 thoughts on “Honey Infused Prune Deer Tagine”

  1. "if I was eating a spoonful of creamed honey when I was dying, I would die smiling." That made snot come out of my nose. What the fuck is creamed honey and why the fuck are you talking about it while I'm doing a Whole30?

  2. What would be considered tagine spices? I have cooked lamb and chicken tagines but the recipes were specific with what spices each recipe called for.

  3. I made this with Antelope that we harvested last fall, it was AHMAZING. I cant wait to share this recipe with all of our friends who hunt.

  4. This recipe was amazing! I work with a lot of hunters and I trade beer for venion, do you have any ideas for marinades for say a venison roast? I would love some ideas!

  5. Hmmmm, oh well. The recipe lists Tagine Spices as a key ingredient. I looked around no line and found no fewer than nine different Tagine recipes, could you give a list of what goes in yours? Thanks.

  6. Generally you might use a spice mix usually called Ras-el-Hanout. Every family has their own version of this and there is no one “perfect” or ultimate “authentic” set of ingredients. My suggestion includes varying proportions of ground fresh spices; coriander (cilantro) seeds, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, ginger, cardamom, turmeric, mace, nutmeg, cloves, anise, and black and white pepper … I emphasise ground and fresh! For details of quantities and spices take a Google trip and see what sounds achievable and tasty! Enjoy!

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