Wild Rabbit Curry

The other evening I was busy on the laptop when I noticed the cat flap opening with my cat having a – what appeared at first site – strange rat in his mouth. He’s been really good, catching about a dozen or so rats. He brings them inside to show off and to play around with them for a while. Often that turns into an activity for the both of us, as his catch is usually very lively and sometimes manages to squeeze into a crack or somewhere where Mohammed can’t get to, and I have to deal with it…

However, this time the catch turned out to be a nice, little surprise for me. It was a baby rabbit, that immediately found a crack to crawl into and hide. I got him out and put him somewhere safe for the night, wondering about what to do with it. I’ve heard that if you trap a rabbit others will come and check out what is happening. This was the initial plan, but when I looked at that poor little, fluffy, distressed, cutie the next morning I thought it would be a bit too rough on him, using him as live bait. I couldn’t do that. So I knocked him on the head and skinned him. Here’s a little warning, if you like to keep believing that meat falls from the sky in nicely cut pieces, you might not want to have a look at the last picture of this post.

A little surprise brought in by the cat. Wild rabbit.

I’ve seen a rabbit being skinned, there is not really much to it, you make a small incision in the chest area and start peeling the skin off. I hung the carcass for half a day outside and looked for some ingredients to make a nice meal.

Ingredients for a wild rabbit curry. This is what was available anyway. Salt 'n pepper, 2 onions, 5 potatoes, 2 carrots, olive oil, hot chili sauce, hot curry powder, coconut milk and garlic.
  • Dice onions and carrots and stir fry in the olive oil
  • Heat the garlic on a fire place if you can, once soft, peel and add to the stir fry
  • 10 minutes later – on medium heat – add a tablespoon of curry powder
  • Fry for another 10 minutes or so, then add the wild rabbit
Hmmm, that looks yummy.
  • Add the diced potatoes and keep frying for another 10 minutes
  • Add about half a liter of water and cook for half an hour, allowing the juices to mix properly. Season with salt and pepper and hot sauce
  • Finally, once the mixture has reduced in volume, add a can of coconut milk and cook for another 30 minutes on medium heat.
  • This is also the time to prepare rice.
I was pretty hungry when the dish was finally done. Its better not to rush into it though, but to allow for the food to settle a bit, before digging in.

So here you go, my recipe for wild rabbit. In the following a couple more pictures. There is a bird couple that keep wanting to get inside, they still have their little nests in here and probably are getting ready for another season. It’s quite amusing when I leave the doors open, they come in and fly out immediately, then hang around outside for a while and talk with each other. The cat gets really excited too. I managed to take at least one semi-decent picture of the event…

Checking the location first.
Then checking out inside.

I planted my first tree on the property the other day. There are two grapefruit trees, one has a good number of fruit – I’ve eaten most of them though-, the other one has been pruned back hardly and will come out big next season hopefully. I planted a Lemon-Meyer tree.

Lemon-Meyer. Lemons for all the fish I'm hoping to catch.
The bigger grapefruit tree. Have eaten most of them, the little ones are quite sour, which I love.

I cut down the weeds around the fruit trees over a period of a couple of days. Was hard work, but now I have better access and will have to come up with a plan for the fruit trees.

There are two other patches of fruit trees in sunny and sheltered location close by. Will have to cut through the weeds there as well.

And last a picture of the cleaned rabbit. I pretty much cooked up all parts, the head is missing on the picture.

A heart, the lungs and the ?kidneys?. Not sure what they were, there were two but they are quite large in comparison to the heart.

Tonight I’ll be having a wing and parts of the frame of a big snapper that my mate caught yesterday. It weighed 16 pounds and judging by the size of the head I have no doubt about it.

P.S. The daily section has been updated with a video-compilation. Not that much to see for such a short period of time, but the music is quite funky. Listen to the lyrics, as the video gets updated, the entire story will be revealed… (See “Categories” then click on “Daily”).

2 thoughts on “Wild Rabbit Curry”

  1. Reminds me of a time I ran over a hare in the Kiangaroa forest one night. As I skinned it by the river the next day I considered what my friends back in civilisation might have thought to come across me all dirty, bearded and covered in blood. It’s good to know where your food comes from and how to deal with it, just like growing your own veg gets you in touch with the process too…

    Those fishing spots in the previous post both look mean, especially the deep one. Berley, berley, berley to get the best from that one. The other, shallow spot wants fishing at dusk/after dark/change of light early morning. Always a struggle in shallow water in the daytime. Keep at it.

    That yard you are/were working in looks cool too, I’d have a great time playing with the kit in there. Useful place and people to know. I guess everyone kind of helps each other out over there, which is cool. More of a community than auckland, for sure.

    Anyway buddy keep up the good work and I’m really enjoying reading up on your progress. Paul xxxxx

    1. Cheers for the comment buddy. Yeah, I see those rabbits on the driveway at nights and try to run them over without risking it on the quad, but to no avail so far. Paul, what do you mean “what my friends back in civilization might have thought”? You’ve got more friends that me and Johnnny? Apropos, where is that bastard these days? Do you have his email?

      You are right on the fishing. I just can’t afford burley really, they go for 7 bucks or so for 1.5 kg bonito. But once the timing is good and I know the spots better it might be a good idea to invest in some. Change of light is good advice for those shallow spots.

      Oh mate, you’d have a job here immediately being a good mechanic. Specially a workshop like that gives you access to building things for your own place. Who knows, perhaps you retire one of these days, and settle over here. We’ll start a LBG business here and take Japanese people kingifishing. Stay here in the summer time and mozy over to Waiheke for the winter time… Cheers Paul.

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