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Rustic, Spanish-Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

I made rabbit. It was delicious. End of story…or is it?

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Besides being 37 weeks pregnant (see above), I am also apparently a butcher. 

Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

It all started with the Rome Farmers Market. I knew I wanted some local meat, but, when I saw a sign for rabbit, I might have had ambitions that were too big for lil’ me. Not a quick, easy meal could be found using rabbit, so I had to plan accordingly. Which meant that this rabbit hung out in my freezer for a few weeks. 

At least I didn’t have to skin it. Ick. But I did some minor butchering. And, just like a turkey, it came with all of its giblets! Freeze for bone broth? Yes, please. 

Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

Not much meat on this little guy, but still some worthwhile pieces to be enjoyed! The smell was odd. I tried to ignore it. Sweet almost. With a hint of musk and spice. Quite odd for uncooked flesh. :) 
Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

On to normal things! Onion slices! Easy. 
Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

And the rest! Some garlic, crushed tomatoes, celery, spices, wine and parsley. Not a lot of prep involved luckily after the adventures in butchering. 

Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

Get those succulent cute little rabbit pieces into the pan with some olive oil or coconut oil (for Paleo!). Brown ’em up! Then set ’em aside. 

Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

Next up? Veggies and spices. Pile them into the pan and go at it!

Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

It will begin to look quite lovely after a few minutes. 
Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

Can I eat it now?

Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

While that was cooking, I chopped some red potatoes and carefully selected a nice rustic cheese that I grabbed from the farmers market as well. Aged sheep’s milk. Oh so good. Musky. Smelly. Perfection. 

Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

Accouterments! 
Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

Delicious hand-picked garden parsley!

Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

And it’s done. Just shove the mixture over the roasted potatoes (I microwaved them – then stuck them in the toaster oven with some coconut oil.) Add the cheese and parsley and yum, yum, done, done. 

Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

Can I eat it again now? No. :( I have no idea when I’ll buy rabbit again. Fate will decide!

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Until then, I’ll just keep swimming. :) Good puppy watches over me in the pedalboat. I don’t want summer to end! (Pouty face.)

 

Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)
Serves 4
A Paleo-friendly rustic version of rabbit stewed in tomatoes. What makes it rustic? The fact that I ripped apart the rabbit and gathered ingredients from my garden. :0
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr 45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr 45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 whole rabbit
  2. 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  3. 2 onions, sliced or diced to your liking (I did thick slices.)
  4. 1 pound of hand-crushed garden-fresh tomatoes (or 16 oz. can)
  5. 1 bay leaf
  6. 1 tbs. tarragon (or fresh if you have it)
  7. 1 sprig thyme (or dried if you don’t have fresh)
  8. 2 large stalks celery, chopped
  9. 1 cup non-cooking wine (red or white) – or cooking wine if you’re not a snob. 
  10. 1/2 cup water
  11. salt and pepper to taste
  12. 1 sprig fresh-parsley
  13. extra virgin olive oil (or coconut oil if full Paleo)
Instructions
  1. Cut rabbit in small pieces (approximately 12-15 pieces). Chop onions, garlic and celery.
  2. Pour enough olive oil into the bottom of large, heavy frying pan and heat on medium high. When hot enough, place rabbit in pan and brown the pieces on all sides.
  3. Remove and set aside.
  4. Using the same pan, sauté the garlic, onion and crushed tomatoes for about 5 minutes
  5. Add the bay leaf, tarragon, thyme and chopped celery.
  6. Return the rabbit to the frying pan. Add the wine and stir. Turn the heat up to bring to a boil and reduce the liquid by a half or two-thirds. Then, add the water and stir.
  7. Reduce heat. Cover the pan and simmer gently until cooked – two hours-ish.
  8. While the meat is simmering, chop parsley.
  9. Adjust salt and pepper.
  10. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve hot in bowls with steamed/roasted potatoes with sheep’s milk cheese. Rustic bread if you’re not Paleo!
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Rustic, Spanish Style Rabbit Stew (Paleo)

Mobile gardening with window boxes and containers – for movers and shakers

Window box and container gardening for movers and shakers. Need to be able to move your garden around? Here's your solution!

I waited until exactly Memorial Day weekend to start gardening. Part of it was because of frost warnings – but most of it was because I couldn’t start any seeds. Why? Uncertain future. :)

We were, and still are, contemplating moving, so I didn’t want to start a garden if I had to just up and leave it this summer. 

On the flip side, if we weren’t going to move, we had some major construction to do at the house, which would be near the garden – and possibly involve destruction of the garden. 

Window box and container gardening for movers and shakers

Step one of construction. The hubs ripped out a back entry. I haven’t taken any recent photos, but all of that decking is now gone as well. Goodbye staining! 

Attached to that decking is the garden area. 

Window box and container gardening for movers and shakers. Need to be able to move your garden around? Here's your solution!

It’s fenced in to keep out the furries, but I didn’t bother to prep it because I knew I wouldn’t use it.

Until I am told to move these suckers, though, the containers stay for safe keeping! But, they are containers, so I’ll just move them around the yard – probably close to the rain barrel – if I have to. 

I went to a local greenhouse to pick up some plants. Usually I start from seed, but, alas, unclear future led to waiting and a need for sturdy starters. 

The vegetables and herbs came in groups of 6.  I had difficulty finding enough containers that were large enough! I have 6 zucchini, 6 squash, 6 tomatoes, and soooo many herbs. 

Window box and container gardening for movers and shakers. Need to be able to move your garden around? Here's your solution!

The herb garden is out of the way – for now – so I planted some items where I did last year. Spinach, 2 tomato plants, basil, and parsley. Last year’s rosemary, sage and thyme were all doing well and recovering from winter. Yay!

You can see where the hubs will be doing work later on the house, so I hope these guys will be safe. :) 

Window box and container gardening for movers and shakers. Need to be able to move your garden around? Here's your solution!

Here’s my off-to-a-great-start sage plant that survived winter. It was a proud moment when I took the pine needles off the herb garden and this guy was all ready to go!

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Pinwheels help keep the woodchucks away. Or so I like to believe. 😛

Window box and container gardening for movers and shakers. Need to be able to move your garden around? Here's your solution!

A plant that grows like weeds is mint. I could probably put this anywhere and it would take off. It reliably comes back every year stronger and bushier than ever. This is off to the side of the house with a few of the squashes and butterfly bushes. Great for tea! 

Window box and container gardening for movers and shakers. Need to be able to move your garden around? Here's your solution!

And here is the part I am most excited about! Even though the front deck will also be completely ripped out, I thought I should still try to make it pretty up front. So, window boxes! Last year I put creeping jenny in the them and the year before that I had ivy. 

But, this year, with limited vegetable real estate, I went crazy and put green leaf lettuce right outside the downstairs bedroom windows. 

Window box and container gardening for movers and shakers. Need to be able to move your garden around? Here's your solution!

And mixed greens went outside the dining room and kitchen windows. Without a front deck, I’ll have to water them all from the inside, but that will be so easy! So will harvest! Yay!

Window box and container gardening for movers and shakers. Need to be able to move your garden around? Here's your solution!

I’ll just pluck – and tuck my head back inside. 

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In case you need food porn, I ate this for breakfast. It’s last night’s curry sauce (with carrots and sweet peas). I poached two eggs in it and served it over gluten-free toast. Heaven! I need to keep simmering sauces around just for this very purpose!

Back to gardening.

So, if you are thinking about moving this summer – or if your house will be undergoing major construction – think about using containers and window boxes for your gardening needs instead of giving up on the garden altogether. 

You can still get your fresh foods, but without the possibility of losing it all to mayhem and sadness.

Or, if you’re clever, and want an easy way to make a salad at dinnertime, plant greens in the window boxes right outside your kitchen!

 Happy harvesting!

Window box and container gardening for movers and shakers. Need to be able to move your garden around? Here's your solution!

Living Locally: Spotlight on Little Falls Historic Canal Place

Historical marker at the Little Falls Canal area

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in Little Falls, New York, these days. Some of it has to do with the yoga studio I frequent (Yoga and Wellness) but the majority of it is shopping related. :)

photo 3 (13)The shops at Historic Canal Place are quirky little nuggets. Shocking for a bedroom-only community, it’s becoming quite the hippie mecca with antique shops, all-natural health and cleaning products, handmade everything, and a neighborhood co-op only a couple blocks away. I could spend many posts writing about this quaint little town, but we will save others for later…one about yoga and alpaca perhaps. 

The Stone Mill of Little Falls is certainly a local gem with its ginormous two-level antique and specialty shops. It has Ole Sal’s Cafe & Creamery–which I can’t have because of my dairy-free-ness but it looks yummy. I can have their flavored coffee, though, so don’t feel too bad for me. They have a local bookshop and friendly, knowledgeable staff. I go here for my furniture needs because buying things new is so basic. Our dining room table, coffee table trunk, and various crafty items have come from here. More to follow for sure. photo 4 (5)

One of my favorite spots is the Mustard Seed (partly because I love the design of all the products) and because it’s soooooooo good for the gift-giving season. I sometimes wait to  buy their products until the craft fair (this coming weekend!) at Herkimer College because they have excellent deals. I know someone who would love those soaps…Parks & Rec Beer Soap and Cranberry Bog Body Bar. Smell great!

I walk around the Mustard Seed smelling and feeling every bottle. I’m not sure why I think they’ll change from the last time, but I do it nonetheless. I swear the smells change a tad. My favorite one of the week changes depending on mood and weather. That’s why I want to purchase them all; you never know what one will lift your spirit when you wake up that day. I wish they had a sink so I could get a “feel” for the texture and moisturizing properties of the different products, too.They would have to kick me out, I think.Lavender Patchouli Body Bar 

After a quick shopping trip, it’s always nice to go for a walk around Moss Island. The squishy ground helps the balls of my feet that are destroyed from teaching in heels.

Which way to go? Cute signs in Historic Canal Place with gorgeous view.If you’re in the area, I highly suggest checking out the antique mall and The Mustard Seed. If you’re on a road trip, stop into the local co-op for some dried figs. :)

Oh, and did I mention the views?