Posts Tagged With: rabbit

EASTER LORE AND FOOD

Persians first began using colored eggs to celebrate spring in 3,000 B.C. Thirteenth century Macedonians were the first Christians on record to use colored eggs in Easter celebrations. Crusaders returning from the Middle East spread the custom of coloring eggs, and Europeans began to use them to celebrate Easter and other warm weather holidays.  When I read these things I always wonder how they know?  So I went to Snopes, and here is what they have to say about Easter.

http://www.snopes.com/holidays/easter/easterlore.asp

The Easter Bunny doesn’t lay eggs, but in ancient times as now, everyone recognizes the bunny as a fertile creature. Tasty, too.  I know they don’t have enough fat to sustain life. Certain Indian tribes,  stuck on reservations with  poor hunting and only rabbits to eat, failed to flourish and could whither away and die.  But, the eggs of a chicken, can sustain life. A tip about eggs. Store eggs in the frig for a few days or a week before boiling. They peel easier than fresh eggs.

We had plenty of rabbits on our property when we were kids and my mother browned them in a dry pan with just a wipe of bacon grease.  Then she put the lid on to roast them on a slow wood fire.  Easier to prepare than plucking a chicken, and just as tasty.  We ate plenty of rabbit meat when we were kids, until the rabbits got infected with blisters. That ended it.

Home grown rabbit is bigger and fatter. Milder tasting, but still worth a try on Easter. And, remember, you cook rabbit, not bunnies.

A stuffed rabbit recipe, great for Easter, can replace that lamb shoulder or ham.

2 tsp cooking oil
2 tbsp finely minced onion
1/4 cup finely minced celery
2 cups soft bread crumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground dry ginger
2 tsp soy sauce
1/4 cup chopped water chestnuts
1/3 cup chicken broth or rabbit stock
1 rabbit, about 4 to 7 lbs (whole)
1 tbsp soft butter
1/2 tsp paprika
2 tbsp marmalade
2 tsp bottled steak sauce

Heat oil in a small skillet. Add onion and celery, sauté until soft. In a large bowl, mix onion, celery and next 7 ingredients. Spoon into cavity of rabbit, fasten with skewers. Blend butter and paprika, brush on surface of rabbit. Roast, covered, at (350°F) for 50 minutes after juices begin to sizzle. Mix marmalade and steak sauce, spoon over rabbit. Roast uncovered, 20 minutes longer.

Small markets or local backyard farmers have rabbit, (and goat) for sale. It makes a nice change.

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When Near The Water…

there is sometimes morning fog. Like yesterday morning where I’m currently camped at Thousand Trails RV Resort in La Connor, Washington.

Look closely just above the picnic table and you will see my rabbit companion enjoying breakfast…

About one hour later I looked through the windshield of the motorhome and this is what I saw…

A pretty nice view to start a nice relaxing day of some computer time, reading and walking.

The fog was gone by 11:00 AM and it turned out to be a nice sunny day and 65 degrees.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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Thousand Trails RV Resort, La Connor, Washington

Two days ago I arrived at this beautiful campground.

The park was probably built during the 1970’s and is located on land leased from the Swinomish Indian Tribe for 99 years. This area of Washington has always been one of my very favorite locations in all of the United States. The scenery is absolutely beautiful, the air is fresh and clean, it seldom gets too hot or cold, there are virtually no bugs or mosquitos and the people are very friendly. In 2001 and 2002 I worked here for the summer selling park memberships. I’ve been coming here for years and know the area very well. It’s my very favorite place to go to during the Summer…that’s why I keep returning.

Here’s a Google Earth view of the campground which is located on one-half mile of Puget Sound waterfront…

The approach to the park on Reservation Road is very pretty driving through a tunnel of trees…

Approaching the ranger station…

I ended up in one of my favorite sites tucked in among the trees near the water on a small loop road…

It took a bit of maneuvering to get the wide-body motorhome between the trees…

Here’s the view from the passenger side of the motorhome…

Looking to the left behind the trees is the family center from where I’m able to receive the Thousand Trails Wi-Fi Internet signal and save on my Verizon Air Card usage…

To the right are shuffleboard, horseshoe and volleyball courts and Puget Sound…

Here you can just see the motorhome in the trees from across the grass of the family center…

A little closer view…

I even have a little companion…a baby bunny rabbit. Here’s (s)he’s about 25 feet away. I took this shot through the motorhome kitchen window on a tripod at full-zoom of my camera…

In forthcoming Blog entries, I’ll show you lots more photos of this beautiful place.

To read all about this 319 camp-site, 111 acre park which Thousand Trails calls a Preserve, click this link…
https://www.thousandtrails.com/getaways/washington/laconner.asp

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://lulu.com/panamaorbust

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