I grew up around rabbits. My best friend had a hutch full of terrified rabbits that would pee on everything and everyone if you tried to hold them. I do admit that some of them are kind of cute but I just don’t get pets that are terrified of their owners.
And that’s why I have no problem catching our neighborhood bunny and making this delicious rabbit stew.
Let me just tell you that this particular rabbit is a real asshole. He has been enjoying my radishes, columbines and sunflowers all summer long and he is plumped up and looking delicious by the end of July. We told all the neighbors as soon as we catch this bunny we are having the whole neighborhood over for a delicious rabbit curry. Free ranch organic fed bunny was sounding pretty good on those early July mornings when we would go out to water the garden and see the bunny feasting on my crop of beets that we worked so hard to grow in our mountain garden at seven thousand feet. Around the beginning of July, I began to feel that our neighborhood bunny, as cute as he is, might be a real asshole. When we arrived home from our month-long vacation to my columbines and squash half chewed off I had just about enough. We began inviting the neighbors over for bunny stew.
I mean, but we have to catch him first.
We are so insanely proud of our little mountain garden we have slaved over this summer and no little black bunny is invited to the vegetarian buffet every night. Something must be done and that something may or may not include some onions, potatoes and a shit ton of curry powder.
This asshole rabbit must have begun as someone’s pet once upon a time because he’s pretty damn fearless. As in I have actually gotten close enough to pick him up a few times now. I’ve also had enough time to sick my dog on him and the other evening my boyfriends’ daughter decided she would spend a few hours attempting to catch him as he scampered yard to yard in the neighborhood. Unfortunately though my boyfriend was super busy with work that night and he had to explain to her,
“This is not a good night for you catch the bunny. I’m to busy with work to skin him right now if you do catch him.” My boyfriend did actually grow up in the jungles of India, living off the land and catching, skinning and eating varmints like rabbits for a similar rabbit curry.
I can just imagine when his daughter goes back to school this week she’s going to write a very interesting tale of what she did over her summer vacation.
“We keep a nine iron by the front door so my dad can bash the bunnies head in, and then he taught me how to skin the bunny and we made rabbit stew and invited the whole neighborhood!” #WhatIDIdOnMySummerVacation
Kerala Style Coconut Rabbit Curry
1 dead bunny, skinned
2 onions, ground up in the food processor
3 teaspoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon diced garlic
2 teaspoons diced ginger
3 russet potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
3 carrots, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
2 teaspoons homemade curry powder
2 teaspoons tomato paste
2 bay leaves
1 cup homemade coconut milk
2 cups water
Brown the onions in the coconut oil for at least ten minutes until very brown. Add in the garlic and ginger and then the spices. Let the spices cook down for fifteen minutes, slowly adding in water. Add the bunny pieces and sauté in the spice mixture with an additional teaspoon of coconut oil. Add in one cup of water, the tomato then the potatoes and carrots and bay leaf. Let simmer thirty minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and let simmer an additional ten to twenty minutes until the bunny is tender.
Serve over coconut rice or lemon rice.
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