As I’ve mentioned before, there are 2 squirrels in my freezer. They are accompanied by the standard beef, pork, and chicken and also some squid. Until last night, there was a lovely piece of speed goat (prong horn) generously provided by a new friend. Yes, give me game meat, we become friends. It’s that easy, folks.
So that’s all well and good, but it really not a meal yet. Sure, I could just pull it out of the freezer and start gnawing on it, but really there are better ways to enjoy it. Personally, I am pretty fond of having an adult beverage while EvylRobot mans the grill, but not everyone is so lucky as to have a creative cook that will both pour the beverage and prepare the meal.
Last night, for instance, EvylRobot and TeenBot browsed the freezer and pantry (ok, so it’s a box on the kitchen floor right now). They eyed the pronghorn back-strap and the pre-measured, vacuum-sealed packages of forbidden black rice and hatched a plan. (Buy the big bag of rice, measure it out, vacuum-seal bags, throw in box on the floor. I call it unstructured prepping.) By the time they were done, they served up pronghorn medallions on a bed of black rice. Sorry, no pictures. Too busy eating.
This weekend is youth deer gun season so hopefully TeenBot will bring home some venison for culinary adventures. Might have to hit up a specialty food store for inspiration and supplies. If successful, this will be the first game he has taken, a milestone his mother has not yet reached. Wish him luck!
We’ve taken on this task of getting closer to our food as a family. Not only has it changed our perspective on where food really comes from and what goes into it, but it has allowed us new ways to bond and grow as a family. It’s pretty amazing what you can learn about each other as you sit silently in a blind. Besides, how many moms get to gross out their teenage sons while skinning a squirrel in the kitchen? We’ve had laughter and learning and just time together away from the usual distractions of modern life. (Although, we do still have the internet in the woods. We aren’t completely barbaric.) And that next biology lesson is right there in the freezer!
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