Thursday, November 6, 2008

St. Lawrence dinner

We had my father's birthday dinner at home this year. In the morning, went to St. Lawrence Market to pick out some fresh Ontario grown food. As everyone knows, I'm fanatic about provenance of food and wine. It blows my mind that anyone would be stupid enough to favour food shipped in from South America or Australia instead of buying Ontario. It doesn't matter if it says "organic" on the front folks...if shipping takes more than a day, then you're doing more harm than good.

Picked up some wild white shrimp, asparagus, peameal bacon, brie, and of course, fresh rabbit.

Now, I'm not a monster, I had no part in this animal's death. This is how I bought it. I was just responsible for cutting it up and cooking it. I love rabbit - I had a fantastic pan-seared rabbit dish when I was in France that I still dream about. Rabbit has that spicy, gamey flavour and it's so tender. Look at this - it's kind of scary seeing it like this. But keep thinking about it as food, and just get to work. I separated all 4 legs, the loins, chopped the bones up, and stripped the fat. Also, I severed the kidney, liver, and heart. I had in mind 2 dishes. Nothing wasted at all, and that's the most important thing. Respect what the animal gives to you, and make sure there's no waste.

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