yesterday it snowed. ALL. DAY. LONG.
it was still snowing when the sun went down.
today we are experiencing a deluge, the likes of which haven't been seen since biblical times! but that's awesome as it's warm out and the rain is washing away most of the snow - woohoo! jam and i were sitting at the kitchen table the other morning and he said "brown. i just want to see brown". i said "whaaaaa" like my besty b says...i just can't say it as awesome as he does! then jam explained that he is sick of seeing so much white and for so long. we don't normally get snow until january, and then it stays and goes, stays and goes until about mid-march. but this year, we got snow in december and it has kind of stayed around. a lot. so this deluge is a good thing as we will finally see some brown.
now on to the best part of my post! our brother d snares wild rabbits. his wife has made us several rabbit meatpies and they were deeeelish. but then our brother asked us if we wanted some wild rabbits because he has a freezer full of them. can you believe asking us a question like that?!?!?!?!? i jumped all over him and hugged and kissed him, told him i would love him forever and give him all 3 of our cats if he would give us a wild rabbit. that he snared. this year!
he gave us four wild rabbits!!! i couldn't believe it! i haven't had proper braised rabbit or rabbit stew in a million years! we took those rabbits home and i defrosted 2 of them. our wild rabbits aren't huge but they make for a decent supper and a lunch the next day - unless you haven't had wild rabbit in a million years. then you stuff your face on it. like we did.
i now present the braised wild rabbit going into the roaster to roast in juices (homemade stock, not pictured) below:
for our first meal, i wanted a simple braised rabbit. i sauteed some onion, carrot and celery to provide flavour, braised the rabbit on all sides, put the veg and the rabbit in the roaster, filled the roaster about 1/3 of the way up the rabbit and roasted that baby for 3 and a half hours. when we took it out, the meat simply fell off the bones! i served it up with wild rice with mushroom and cranberries (from our own land. yes, Sue, from our own land!)
have a gander:
i would love to say that we used the fancy plates with fancy napkins and other fancy things - but we just dove in to the platter! and the platter looked like this in about 15 minutes:
it was probably the best tasting wild rabbit i have ever had in my life. except for the next rabbit that we made the next day. we were wild rabbit crazy! but since neither of us have had access to wild rabbit in so many years, we just had to have rabbit stew the next day!
i browned this rabbit on all sides and then put it in the crockpot for 4 hours with homemade broth. then i dumped all of the pieces of rabbit and stock into a big pot and added our own homegrown potatoes and carrots. we ate the whole thing!!!!
we still had 2 more wild rabbits in our freezer, when, at the VFD meeting last night, our brother d tells us he has 4 more wild rabbits for us. can you believe this? this is free food....and not only free, but really healthy and local! there is nothing that we could eat that could be more healthy for us!
here's a pic of the next 4 wild rabbits that our brother gave us.
have you ever seen cleaner, packaged meat? our brother isn't only an expert in snaring the wild rabbits, he is an expert in cleaning and preparing them.
what more can i say than that we are gonna stuff our faces with more wild rabbit this evening. probably tomorrow evening too. you can never have too much of a good thing!
for all of our prepper friends out there - ya, we know how lucky we are. pretty much all of our brothers and neighbours know how to hunt and fish - there will be plenty of food to be had around here if SHTF. we've got enough seeds to grow more food than you can shake a stick at, and the protein, be it fowl, fish, deer or wild rabbit, is plentiful! i'm telling you all to git yer butts up here!
now i am off to go cook another wild rabbit. yummeh!
(a big giant thanks to our brother d. a big giant thanks!)