The other week my Brother In Law (BIL) came home right on dusk grinning like a kid at the show grounds with a pocket full of money. Instead of money, he had a plastic bag which he proudly showed me.
He told me he had caught them but I suspect the neighbour may have and BIL trading them for something else. He told me that tonight he was cooking a three course meal. Entree will be bird, main course – snake and to wrap things up desert would consist of a fabulous looking rat.
He got to work so I stuck around for as long as I could (kids needed bathing etc) to take a few photos to share with you all.
Now I don’t mind people killing as many snakes and rats as they want to feed their family but I was a little sad that this tiny bird got mixed up in this particular feast. I mentioned to BIL that there are no birds around as it is so why kill the few remaining ones? His simple answer was of course, “If I don’t then someone else will.” *sigh*.
The bird only took a few minutes as it was so tiny. Warm it up on the coals to make plucking easier, pluck and then back on the coals for another minute or so.
The snake was a little more complex. First it was warmed up on the Thai style BBQ.
Here is my BIL, the head chef.
Once it is warmed up enough you then remove its scales.
It was then clean and gutted before being returned to the coals for a few more minutes.
With that out of the way it was time for everyone’s favourite. Desert.
Once again it all starts with the BBQ. This time instead of warming it up it was set on fire to burn of most of the rat hair. The resulting smell set tongues salivating around my house and the close neighbours.
Burning didn’t remove it all so a knife (sort of) was procured to finish the job.
The rat is then placed back on the coals and turned occasionally to ensure that the rat meat is cooked to perfection.