Whats for lunch...?

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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by Stix » 15 Jan 2019, 9:19 pm

So i did a sweet-n-sour battered bunny from scratch...

I had a decent few bunnies this trip so i jointed them up & bagged the ribs for the farmers dogs.

Before i freeze em this time however, knowing i wanted to do this dish & have tender bunny meat (now dont laugh-each to his own) i cut through the outer muscle flap & take out the back strap (if you can call it that-not much there obviously).
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Take off outer muscle flap from rib cage
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Remove the strap...
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Takin out back strap
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Actually doesnt take that long once you get the hang of it...& i think i did it to about 15 bunnies & get a good decent amount of very tender meat for what i wanted.

So prepped all the ingredients...
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Dicing the meat & ready to go...
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So i tested the oil in the wok for being hot enuf & had a little taste...
Was pretty melt in the mouth tender--as tender as the most tender chicken ive ever had... :clap:
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A taste test...
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Ok here we go...its all in & all on the stove so i can serve it all hot..
Battered bunny frying, sweet-n-sour sauce bubbling away while giving the vegies a softening flick with a fine sliced clove of garlic in a hot pan...
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Its all happening & smelling unbelievable...!!
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Couldnt wait to plate it...i just had to dip n taste...10 bloody pieces man--it was beautiful...!!
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Quick dip for a taste while plating.
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I was in such a bloody hurry to get this into me...
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Forgotten something...?
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I forgot the bloody pineapple... :lol:
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Sweet-n-sour battered bunny...Yummo...!!!
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Was good tucker...even better to make something different with bunny...
Highly reccommend all you bunny eaters try sweet-n-sour bunny from scratch... :thumbsup:
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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by JimTom » 16 Jan 2019, 1:09 am

:thumbsup: Looks a treat mate. Well done.
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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by Stix » 16 Jan 2019, 9:55 am

JimTom wrote::thumbsup: Looks a treat mate. Well done.


Thanks JimTom.. :drinks: .was good eating...! :D
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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by Gaznazdiak » 16 Jan 2019, 9:59 am

Great stuff Stix.

Doesn't the original recipe call for cat meat?
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Seriously though, you've given me the munchies, well done. :thumbsup:
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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by Stix » 16 Jan 2019, 3:18 pm

Thanks Gaz... :drinks:

There was a few Cats getting around up there too...but they live to see more days...unfortunately the farmer wants them left alone... :crazy:
Im not sure he really understsnds how destructive they are... :unknown:
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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by Stix » 20 Jan 2019, 11:16 pm

If its of interest to anyone...

I tried the sweet-n-sour recipe again tonight...

I used RAW suger instead if brown suger, & aslo crumbed the portions & used fresh parsley out the garden through the crumb mix instead of batter.

Much much better...!!!

I think the crumbs suited the rabbit meat better (sweeter).
I wasnt a fan of the flavour of the brown sugar.(that makes the sweet sauce)
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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by Jäger » 21 Jan 2019, 5:59 am

You should think about putting the recipe up in case someone else wants to try and make it (or a link if it's on out there with rabbit as substitute).

Same for your butter chicken rabbit.
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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by JimTom » 21 Jan 2019, 7:28 am

:thumbsup: Seems you’re a bit of an iron chef there Stix.
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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by ClaytonT88 » 21 Jan 2019, 10:37 am

Looks good Stix. We love a nice sweet and sour. I'll have to try it with rabbit one day!
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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by Jäger » 21 Jan 2019, 2:52 pm

Was it too much of a PITA to batter and deep fry so you tried crumb?
It's okay if you're doing it for 4 or 6 people as it kind of makes it worthwhile, putting the extra effort in.

I know I've got a chicken mango recipe from way back that makes my mouth water just thinking about it, but the prep, batter, deep fry puts me off making it more often.
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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by Stix » 21 Jan 2019, 3:27 pm

No irron chef her thats for sure...!!!

This is the link to the butter chicken recipe...
://annagarescabfare.com/#/dhruvs-butter-chicken/
I didnt make the GARAM MASALA as in this recipe...i just bought that as a made up spice.

I also couldnt find the "kasmiri chilli powder" so i tried a substitute listed on google using (from memory) 2/3rds paprika 1/3rd cayenne pepper...that was still too strong so my suggestion if you try it is use less cayenne pepper.

Best results i got with the rabbit was to leave it in meat bag (cotton bag/pillow case) in the fridge to slightly dry out & age for a good few days...dont be scared to let the rabbit go dry in the fridge...
Then boned it out & cut it up into small peices..

Also marinated it in the tikka for 24hrs, not 4 hrs...cooked as per recipe (uncovered)--just check for cooked by cutting bigger peice in half to see its cooked through..
It was amazing tender & to my surprise not dry at all...
Rabbit meat not dry aged in fridge let too much moistue go & ended up somewhat "stewing" in the oven-even uncovered-& took longer to cook, which seemed to tuffen up & dry out the meat more... just my observation...:unknown:

This is the recipe for the sweet sauce. ..but as usual there'sheaps of variations on the net.
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Sweet sauce
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I used 1 cup raw sugar & less soy...oh & just plain tomato sauce in place of ketchup.
Even forgot the soy in one batch & it was still good...!!
Its easy as to make...
Sometimes ive used rice flour (as a gluten free option) to thicken other dishes but havnt tried it with sugar.
I just stirfried capsicum & red onion in oil with fresh garlic....i guess you could use any vegies i guess, carrot & peas would be good in it.
Vegies served on rice with rabbit on that then drizzle sauce over...

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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by Stix » 21 Jan 2019, 3:42 pm

Jäger wrote:Was it too much of a PITA to batter and deep fry so you tried crumb?
It's okay if you're doing it for 4 or 6 people as it kind of makes it worthwhile, putting the extra effort in.

I know I've got a chicken mango recipe from way back that makes my mouth water just thinking about it, but the prep, batter, deep fry puts me off making it more often.


Yes mate a big PITA to batter so many little bits...although thats not why i crumbed...
Generally speaking i prefer crumbed anything to battered...i always order crumbed (say fish) as opposed to battered if in a pub... :thumbsup:

I find fried crumbs sweeter, & the batter i made, although spectacular & crunchy, was bitter & not only over powered the delicate rabbit, but its bitterness even powered through the sweet sauce...
I dont like clag in my guts either, & thats how batter feels to me.
But dont get me wrong, people who like lite battered meat & have a sweet tooth would still like it.

The crumbs were much easier to cook as can prepare them--(shake bits in a bag then press firm) & drop handfuls in at once...instead of eacb bit at once...

If i liked batter id put up with the PITA to cook, thankfully im not a fan.

Overall, i wanted to try both anyway & glad i did... :thumbsup:
Crumbs for me anyday...flavour & ease of prep & cook... :thumbsup:
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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by Jäger » 21 Jan 2019, 3:52 pm

Stix wrote:I also couldnt find the "kasmiri chilli powder" so i tried a substitute listed on google using (from memory) 2/3rds paprika 1/3rd cayenne pepper...that was still too strong so my suggestion if you try it is use less cayenne pepper.


You can never have too much chilli :lol:
I grow Carolina Reapers, but I seem to be the only one who enjoys them. :cry: :oops:

Cayenne can be pretty spicy for some. They could sub for some Sweet Hungarian Paprika.

Stix wrote:Also marinated it in the tikka for 24hrs


sigh. Another Tikka fanboy :lol:


( A better link https://annagarescabfare.com/dhruvs-butter-chicken/ )
hope you don't mind. yours wasn't quite right.
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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by Stix » 21 Jan 2019, 3:57 pm

ClaytonT88 wrote:Looks good Stix. We love a nice sweet and sour. I'll have to try it with rabbit one day!


When i was a teenager, the wife of one of my old mans shoot'n mates cooked it up for us all (sweet-n-sour bunny) one day when we stayed for a few days on a big shootin n yabby trip.

She made the sauce from scratch & used fresh veggies out the garden.

Rabbits were as good as in plague...i remember to keep me happy one afternoon they took me out for a drive to pop some bunnies & i remember counting about 25 rabbits in the shade of a log that was about 2.5 metres long...
Ah the good ol days... :thumbsup:

So with bunnies so plenyful we shot a heap & dads mate cut out the back straps for the dish & portioned out the remains between dog food & the bin...!!

I remember the dish being very yummy & i finally got around to trying it decades later...!!

Try it for sure...!!
If you're worried about it being tuff, just cut out the backstrap...(doesnt take long) you wont be disapointed... :thumbsup:
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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by Stix » 12 Feb 2019, 3:12 pm

So...thought id try mincing up some bunny & make some patties...
Old fashioned way cos i cant afford a mincer atm... :unknown:
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Old school engineering in fine form...!!
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I just boned out 2 bunnies from 'below' the ribs (they were wind mis-calculatiins (bad guesses :lol: ) with the 204 & 22-250).
But that surprisingly still gave just a smidge under 850 grams of meat.

I diced up some pork fat & ran that through the hand churner with the meat.
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I just added a handful of fresh parsley & a sprig of rosemary (very finely chopped), a couple of cracks of sea salt & black pepper, a caramelised fine chopped red onion, a small handful of bread crumbs & a decent sprinkle of dried chillie flakes.
Half the mixture made 4 decent sized patties.
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Half the mixture
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Here we go... :o
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So far so good.
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Turned out just dandy...!!
Simple but tasted great...!!!
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Bunny burgers..!!
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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by JimTom » 12 Feb 2019, 3:59 pm

Doesn’t look like there would be to much wrong with those mate. Good job eh.
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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by Stix » 12 Feb 2019, 7:05 pm

JimTom wrote:Doesn’t look like there would be to much wrong with those mate. Good job eh.

Cheers JT... :thumbsup:
Tbh i didnt hold out much hope for bunny flavour mince being much good, especially not being a fan of flavourless shyte shop bought chicken or pork mince.

Yet while they were flavoursome, nothing was over powering, & the bunny flavour wasnt noticable like i thought....i must have fluked a good balance with guessing the pork fat content & rosemary... :unknown: :thumbsup:
Was pretty pleasant to eat...& being home made, they werent pumped with moisture & crap to bulk up the weight, & so didnt shrink or leech out moisture like bought mince does... :thumbsup:

Id ssy give it a crsck for sure if you got access to bunnies...doesnt take long to bone em out once you've done a few... :thumbsup:
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Re: Whats for lunch...?

Post by Bent Arrow » 12 Feb 2019, 8:11 pm

They look good mate. I've been making a heap of burgers lately as the freezer runs down. Desperately need to get away for a couple of days to fill it back up. Might have to try some rabbit burgers. Roughly what proportion of pork fat to rabiit did you use??
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