Holidays always inspire my cooking. Usually in the form of baking (for some reason I always bake cookies when I am sick with a cold… Weird?) but over Christmas my mother gave me a cookbook of Italian food. One recipe stuck out as being incredibly easy so thought I would make it tonight while the creative mood struck me.
The recipe was Rabbit with Pappardelle and involved finely chopping an onion, carrot and celery stick (which I cheated and threw them into the food processor – which is a trick I learned courtesy of Lydia’s Italy… Can’t believe I didn’t think of it! All those years of chopping…) sautéing them and browning some rabbit. Turning to low heat I stewed the meat and vegetables in a cup of red wine for 40mins. A more enterprising version of myself would have made pasta from scratch, but frankly – it’s holidays, I’ve had 2 glasses of wine, and can feel a lazy, holiday buzz ensuing so I opt for some dried Pappardelle all’uovo.
Regardless, the end result was a somewhat healthy, easy dinner option using a not-too-common meat. That’s what I love about Sydney- it’s so much more common to find not only a local butcher, but one that caters to all tastes.
Below: the end result of my arduous (ha!) meal.
Enjoy the new year tomorrow night!