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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Rabbit Ears
Yikes, when one of your comments starts like this, 'Your writing is ultra-homosexual out-of-reality that you enjoy experiencing yourself express.' , you know you've pushed someone's hot button. Suggesting that, 'you have the same mentality as a Nazi during WWII.', might also give you the feeling that your subject matter for the post was somewhat controversial.

I've been reading Hungry In Hogtown for a while now and I've never known Rob to shy away from any cooking challenge, especially if it involves either el Bulli or molecular gastronomy. So when Ferran Adria put rabbit ears on the menu in 2003, it was really only a matter of time before Rob ran with the ball. The only surprise was it took this long, perhaps there was some intuition that things might heat up a bit.

Sure, it's out of a lot of people's comfort zone, but the French have been chowing down on pig's ears for centuries. Maybe it's not that which has sparked such rancour. More to the point is that rabbits are very often kept as pets, but in this world, one man's pet is often another man's dinner. Think guinea pig, think dog, think cat, think pigeon, think anything you like.

But what I don't get is why are a lot of dissenters talking in the language of hate for what is after all an animal, which for better or worse has been eaten by humans for thousands of years, and in Australia at least, considered such a noxious pest that we have tried to eradicate with diseases that cause rabbits to die a horrible death.

I've never seen a single protest about anyone eating rabbit meat and I'm wondering if rabbit lover's being unable to protest against a commonly eaten meat feel more empowered to slang off at someone using a more symbolic part of the beast and in language best reserved for dictators and despots. I think a few people need to get a grip.

I for one, applaud anyone who uses up as much of a dead animal as possible and whilst I wouldn't go to the trouble of preparing rabbit ears, if Rob or anyone else for that matter served them up, I would do what I have always told my kids to do when looking at something new - try it.


  posted at 12:10 pm

At 3:20 pm, Blogger MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

It always confuses me when people can't agree to disagree and be civil about it. I just hope nobody discovers my bottons.
My grandmother used to fry rabbit like my mother fried chicken. Growing up I loved eating rabbit my grandmother fried and I played with them in the barn before they were dinner on the table. I don't think I thought they were connected.

At 7:29 pm, Blogger Pille said...

I was shocked at some of the comments Rob received, too. If we kill rabbits anyway for food, then using up every bit and piece of the poor animal should be praised!!

At 4:49 am, Blogger Laurie said...

I saw an article about eating rabbit's ears a week or so ago. I wanted to post about it but I couldn't make myself do it...especially this close to Easter. :)

At 10:12 am, Blogger paul kennedy said...

Reminds me of the poor farmer who served a leg of lamb to his guests and when they asked if the lamb was one of his he looked the window and said, 'There he is over there,' pointing to a three-legged sheep.

People do get very confused about eating ugly animals and eating the cute parts of cute ones. My uncle used to eat snake and horse. I don't think anyone had a problem with snake but poor old horsie got a few tears of sympathy.

At 11:15 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi tanna, I wish that in the world we live in, everyone could get on. Some folk should think before opening their mouths.

Hi pille, I was as shocked as you at some of the comments, I think a full sized mirror is needed so that they can have a real good look at themselves.

Hi laurie, you know me... where angels fear to tread and all that. Wonder if the Easter bunny will visit this year? He won't hear if I'm there...

Hi kitchen hand, ...or the frogs in wheelchairs! I've been in the situation where we ate someones pet horse, though I didn't know at the time.

At 12:40 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the post and was absolutely horrified by some of the responses. Both my parents came from less-than-fortunate backgrounds and were taught to waste as little as possible, and that's a habit that has been instilled in each of us 3 kids. If an animal has been killed, then it only makes sense to use as much of that animal as possible to make sure that there is minimal waste.

I'm all for looking after animal rights, but some of these supporters drive me nuts with their attitudes which seem to be a case of nothing more than "hey - this bandwagon looks good, let's jump on and go for a ride!". PFFTH.

At 11:03 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi ellie, I think using up everything in this day and age where there is overuse of resources makes perfect sense.


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