.I was reading through Jamie Oliver's book called "jamie's italy" and low and behold there was this chapter called "My thoughts on rabbit" ..WHAT?? I read the recipe for the marinade out loud to him and said that I actually have all the ingredients for this growing in the garden..except for pancetta,we never have that in the house,I have seen it at our local Woolies,but it is rather expensive...so anyway wrapping rabbit pieces in bacon should be more or less the same thing...?Jamie also said that wild rabbit tastes WAY better than tame rabbit.... I have NEVER eaten rabbit you know.
So, my beloved perked up a bit out of his slumber and asked me if I would like to have a rabbit for barbecue the next day, seeing as it has to be marinated overnight...I looked at him and the warning bells started ringing in my head,sure, I said, but," Lovey I don't want you packing up the hounds and going out hunting tonight..,we were having such a nice time sitting around just quietly chatting and watching telly... " "No dogs necessary" he said, jumping out his favourite Great Grandfather's chair and calling out to Jessica (who was home for the weekend from varsity) "you feel like going rabbit hunting?" he says to her ..in a flash she was there with the .22 rifle and out the house the two of them with Minki in tow marches.
There I was sitting,still trying to wrap my mind around whether I really wanted to eat rabbit meat....
Not three minutes go by before a shot rings out...and back into the house they march with a wild rabbit shot in the garden!!
I should have named her Dianna,quite the huntress she is!
It was so hilarious,
'cause I went scrambling out into the garden for the thyme,rosemary and lemon and ..voila!
In a matter of minutes the meat was hunted, slaughtered and marinading for barbecue the next day!
Excuse the tobacco that crept into the picture,but here is the rabbit meat as we were devouring it the next day.
It was really very tasty and looked and tasted a lot like chicken!
For those of you who would like the marinade recipe,here goes;
A handful of fresh thyme and rosemary,leaves picked
4 garlic gloves
8 teaspoons of olive oil
zest and juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon honey
Bash it all together in a pestle and mortar or a liquidizer