This is a delicious rich-tasting stew that can also be made with beef, venison or a combination of meats. The juniper berries really enhance the flavour so it is worth trying to find them. I found my dried juniper berries at a health food store. They are very strong so it's best to discard them (along with the bay leaf) as you find them in the finished dish. This tastes even better cooked a day or two in advance and re-heated. It also freezes well. I adapted this from a recipe on a pamphlet I picked up from an elk farmer near Ottawa. Elk is very lean and also very tender when cooked slowly on low heat (or quickly on high heat). It is very low in calories, fat and cholesterol and high in protein. Hints: I cook a batch of bacon in advance and keep in the freezer to add at the end. Browning the meat is key to the rich flavour.