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