Although here people think of rabbit mostly like fluffy, nice pets warm and cuddly, I think of rabbits as a succulent piece of meat that you roast and eat with your favorite sides. I know I might sound cruel, but I assure you I have never killed anyone’s pet rabbit to cook me some stew.
Anyway here rabbits are mostly pets, with the result that is kind of difficult to buy a rabbit to cook. About a year ago I bought a rabbit at the farmer’s market. I cooked it with olives and pine nuts (typical of Liguria) and then I had to trow it all out because it was rubbery and chewy and generally speaking inedible. It was a terrible culinary debacle and the dinner guests still make fun of me for that night rabbit.
I told the sad story to my mom, and my mom comforted me telling me it was probably a bad rabbit. That made me feel better, but still I didn’t try myself at rabbit for quite a while.
Then a couple of weeks ago I went shopping at an halal butcher and I saw a very good looking rabbit and decided to try again. After much debating, self-convincing and a long phone consultation with my mom AKA the rabbit queen, I finally brought myself to cook the rabbit. And…..it turned out great!!! So proud of myself!