x1 dolla-sliced yam
three shallots, chopped
a few sliced fingerling potatoes
roughly chopped turnip. (I went with turnip in lieu of parsnip, which wasn't in-store today. pffft.)
salt and pepper to taste
dollup of olive oil
a few sprigs each of Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
about a cup - 1/5 cups of chicken stock
Mixed them about to even things out a bit.
Washed and patted dry my four pieces of Rabbit. I put a piece of Sage, Rosemany and Thyme on top of each one, and covered them all with slices of Wild Boar Bacon (found at the same butcher).
note: Ordinarily when I try a new food like this I like to let it speak for itself, but I read that game meats are quite lean and prone to drying out. The bacon was to help self-baste.
Covered it all with foil and baked in 350 degree oven for about an hour (ish). I uncovered it and cooked it a little longer to thicken things up and brown things out.
In the meantime, I had Michael make this delicious pear-Waldorf salad!
For the Balsamic Vinaigrette:
Jamie Oliver tells me that whenever you make a vinaigrette keep the oil/acid ratio to 3 parts oil to 1 part acid (vinegar or lemon juice). Helpful! So, I threw into a small (125ml) jam-jar:
the remainder of my EVOO (plus some canola to round out the ratio)
1 part balsamic vinegar
like, three cloves of garlic
salt and pepper
That whole salad combo tasted delish!
So, once the meat was cooked through and basted once I removed it from the pan and removed the veg separately, leaving the Bunny/Bacon/veg juice in the pan. I put it on top of the stove and got the mix to simmer a little, stirring constantly and encouraging it to thicken. I added a few teaspoons of flour to it in small scatterings to make it really believe it was gravy, and whisked it thoroughly until I fugured it was good and ready (only about 3 mins). I peppered it for luck.
Also, I steamed some beets. Then we poured the wine, and supper looked like this! :
|Clockwise, from top: roasted veg, ma pretty flowers, waldorf salad, steamed beets, wine from a friend's 2010 wedding, |
jam-jar of vinaigrette, cuppa tea in the fancy china, pan gravy, Easter Bunny.
|The rabbit tasted delish. Almost like chicken, but not. Definitely rabbit.|
I got flack from friends about eating rabbit, but from what I read it's not unusual in the U.K, and used to be a staple before we decided to mass-produce certain animals. It was a relatively inexpensive holiday meal, too - about $40 for everything and we've got leftovers for days!
Dear Tori: This post is dedicated to you. Be fearless in the kitchen! I did most of this without a recipe! (I just read a bunch and took the average!)
Happy Easter, everyone!