It sure is almost Unbelievable that my “Uu is for – Underground Mutton“, for the Gould Family History Through the Alphabet challenge, has disappeared. Seems it has flown off into the blogosphere and may never come back again.
Hopefully it will fly back … and I’ll be able to repost my memories of the sounds of “Rabbeto” echoing down my street back in the late 1940’s.
However, in the meantime I’ll share this video of Gladys Bond, at the age of 100, describing her rememberings of Underground Mutton/Rabbits in South Australia, way back then.
Also have to share this fun poem I found on the Camp Oven Cooking and Camping in Australia Chat Boards from “Furphy”.
Well I’ve tried it in cooking
Prepared every way
And I’ve used all the spices
And stewed it all day
Used curry and stuffing
Tried baking and frying
But the taste of that rabbit
It just wasn’t dying
You could crumb it with breadcrumbs
Or roll it in flour
But the underground mutton
Taste lingered for hours
They say it’s pure protein
Well mate I don’t even care
But don’t ask me for dinner
If rabbit’s the fare
Reckon that Furphy should have had a “chinwag” with my mum, or consulted the South Australian “Green and Gold Cookery Book” advising that rabbit/underground mutton should be soaked in salt water or other concotions to reduced the strong “gamey taste”.
In closing I’ll share my mum’s yummeee recipe for Curried Rabbit from the “Green & Gold”, Page 40, Thirsty First Edition.
Fry two sliced onions until brown in one tablespoonful full of hot dripping; peel, core and grate one apple and add to onion; mix one tablespoon of curry powder with with two cups of water; add one quarter teaspoon of salt; add to and boil with onion and apple; chop one tablespoon of stoned raisins and add when the curry is boiling with one rabbit cut into neat joints. Simmer gently for two hours; and 10 minutes before serving add one tablespoon of flour and the strained juice of half a lemon. – S.R.Smith Congregational Manse, Kadina, South Ausralia.
I’ve never cooked Underground Mutton/ Rabbit myself but, as a child, LOVED my mum’s Curried Rabbit and never forgot her advice to look closely at the tail of a rabbit before purchasing it for my Cookpot. i.e. a rabbit has a tail vertebrae which slowly reduces in size. If the tail has been chopped off it may be a cat. 😦
Copyright © 2012. Catherine Crout-Habel