Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Globalization in a Dish

No, not to worry, this is not cute Miss Squirrel from my previous post.

The story behind this dish is:

A Welsh classmate went hunting for rabbits with his friends over a weekend and promised to bring two 'trophies' to a Gambian classmate. My Gambian classmate decided to cook it for Sunday dinner for some of us. One he decided to make into rabbit in peanut soup and the other (in photo) into fried rabbit. He didn’t have any seasoning for the fried rabbit, so I gave him a packet of Indonesian Ayam Goreng (Fried Chicken) Mix to marinade his fried rabbit in (which in the end I had to do for him…men!) His other problem was the peanut soup mix which he didn’t have, so he substituted it with cheap peanut butter from Tesco, which worked quite well. While he cooked his best friend from Malawi and a classmate from Korea assisted him by mashing the onions, all the while complaining that onions should be chopped not mashed.

An Indian friend realized that some of the Brits found it hard for their sensibilities to eat cuddly rabbits for dinner and so she decided to make some Indian chicken curry. The Irish classmate decided she will forego her ‘principles’ this time around and have rabbit for dinner. I cooked Thai Jasmine rice to go with the meal since Indian Basmati was more expensive.

While we were eating another classmate from China dropped by and joined the meal while another classmate from Zimbabwe asked “Is this really rabbit? Are you sure it’s not chicken?” three times while eating.

All the while we wondered if we can get the Italians do dinner next Sunday…

...just a wee personal take on globalization.

...and yes, it tasted like chicken.

..and yes, they are thinking of squirrels next time.

17 comments:

hoop said...

Now if only people thought that way... we could have skipped two world wars :D

carlotta said...

malaman ba yung rabbits?

snglguy said...

A mini UN dinner party you have there, gypsy. Ang saya! :-D

Anong klaseng meat kaya ang pwede mong i-contribute next time? Ah, I know, yung pinikpikan. You can show them how to torture a live chicken to tenderize it, hahaha. :-D

zherwin said...

rabbit? oh, i'll take the chicken curry na lang. hehe.

next time, maybe you guys can have a pot luck party wherein everyone will bring/cook something from their country. dala ka ng balut. hehe

paolo@khoops said...

...oh and, have you met any other international blogger out there that we can hound?

kathy said...

Ang cute ng post na to. How wonderful it is to find a diverse group dining together and having fun!

Pero kahit bayaran ako di ako kakain ng wabbit. :P I think my daughter would never forgive me if I did so, haha.

dimaks said...

hmm rabbit? fav character ko pa naman si bugs bunny, waaa..

next time suggest iguana, hehe joke. but honestly nakatikim na ako ng bayawak, lasang manok din.

vernaloo said...

united nations pala jan hehe tama si Hoop...kung sana ganun lang lahat ng mga tao sa mundo eh di world peace tayo hehe

parang mukhang chicken nga :)

aryo said...

I think I've had rabbits for dinner before. But I can't remember how it tasted. Bata pa kasi kami nung mag-alaga ng sandamakmak na rabbit ang erpats.

Leah said...

Hi Gypsy, so what's cooking in the kitchen today.

I dont think I've ever tried rabbit before. I probably wont have any chance of doing os unless I'm tricked to eating one.

lazarus said...

looks like chicken to me. i don't know how a rabbit tastes like, but it should be yummy.

Major Tom said...

A rabbit for a meal? Now, I am thinking bout Bugs Bunny...somehow. He can't be always smarter than Elmer Fudge I reckon. :-)

Gypsy said...

Hoop...the problem is people never learn..sigh!

Carlotta, yup..at mas malasa siya kesa manok. ;)

Snglguy, naku di ma-explain yong pinikpikan dito, especially since many of them know about balut na, they might really think we are such barbarians, hehe.

Pao, I am sure many here blog but I havent told them I have them blog, this gives me more freedom to write..and rant. ;)

Kathy, I understand, ganun din dito, one of my classmates said they cried when their mom served them rabbit stew when they were small and she never did it again.:)

Dimaks, have't tried bayawalk before, masarap nga daw..why does game always taste like chicken?? Hmm...

Verns, para nga kaming amateur UN, hehe, you should hear our conversations around the table!

Aryo, kumain ka ng rabbit nong bata ka? Kala ko ayaw ng kids coz they're supposed to be "playthings" hehe.

Leah, we had Korean Chapchae lat Sunday, no more rabbit..hehe...

Lazarus, yes it was good pero depende din sa luto..

Major Tom, hehe obviously not, I am sure Elmer Fudge would happily eat with us!!

Annamanila said...

I enjoyed that wee personal take on globalization. Di ba we start peace and harmony within ourselves, then within our own small networks, and then that's supposed to radiate like water pools.

Saya ng international group ano? At siempre sikat ang Pinay dahil magaling nang mag-ingles, maganda pa., and etc. etc. Keep on having fun.

ipanema said...

oh my! it looks like chicken to me Gypsy. hahahahaha...who is dishwasher? The U.N.? Very globalised indeed. :)

Squirrels next? Post it here. I haven't seen a squirrel barbecued. :)

Abaniko said...

Those guys will have bad karma. They'll reincarnate as grasses. Food for rabbits and squirrels.

rowena said...

gosh, rabbits are my fave pets, can't imagine eating them. masarap ba talaga?