Asparagus with Red Pepper Sauce; The return of the Bunny Slayer

Sedi, the Bunny Slayer has returned.

When she managed to catch a bunny at our house in the Vendée two years ago, I thought it was a one-off lucky move.

I didn’t think the old girl had it in her then; I certainly didn’t think she had it in her now.

But….

Apparently she, unlike mon mari, reads my blog.

After my last post, about Supermarket Sticker Shock, she decided it was time she did her part in supporting the household.

We girls were on our usual, late afternoon walk through the fields.

I noticed her sniffing at something in the drain pipe by the house, but ignored it.Sedi500

Dogs deserve some privacy after all… And I would normally rather not know what they were, um, sniffing.

Next time I looked back she was gone; I assumed to return to the house.

I was right.

As the story goes, she ran through the barn with barely a glance at mon mari, racing on into the kitchen.

Mon mari heard her crying and assumed she had slipped on the tiles and hurt herself.  She’s a bit of a baby and cries at every little thing – including when she scratches herself.

But, the crying didn’t stop.

It got worse; more pathetic.

When he finally got around to investigating he found a young rabbit on the kitchen floor, shaking and crying.

He was just getting the shovel out of the barn when Emma and I returned.  He hadn’t yet decided if he should kill it or just get it out of the house.

Sedi, having done her job of fetching it into the kitchen for us, had absolutely no further interest in it.

By the time he got back to the kitchen the decision was out of his hands.  The poor bunny was dead… probably of fright.

It was summarily disposed of.

I went out to check the drain pipe.  There is at least one, if not 2 more living there.  They were displaced, I assume, when we did the mowing.

Sedi is laying out by the fence now…. Watching….

As to other critters in the house. looked what peaked out at me the other day as I was working at my desk:

Larry_lizard

The stone walls inside the house are covered with an insulation-backed sheetrock.  Larry, the Lounge Lizard (of course I named him….) had gotten into the house through the barn last week and promptly disappeared.

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There are slits like this in all the walls so the electrical and phone wires could be strung on the inside of the sheetrock.  Eventually, they’ll be plastered over, but for now it gives Larry a window on the world.

Maybe he’ll eat the centipedes.

The green asparagus has given way to the white, here in our area.

I thought I’d add a dash of color to it.

Asparagus with Red Pepper Sauce

Asparagus with Red Pepper Sauce

12oz (350gr) white asparagus
1/2 red pepper
1/2 onion
2 cloves garlic
2 – 4 tbs chicken stock
1 tbs sherry vinegar

Snap off ends of asparagus. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the bottom half of stalks. Put into a skillet big enough to hold them without cutting, add water to cover bottom by 1/4 inch, cover and bring to boil. Lower heat and cook just until done, 8 – 12 minutes, depending on thickness, adding a bit of water if needed.
Clean pepper and cut into big pieces. Roughly chop onion and garlic.  Put pepper, onion, garlic, 4 tbs chicken stock and vinegar into a small saucepan.  Cover and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and purée , using as much chicken stock as needed to make a thick sauce.
To serve: spoon some Red Pepper Sauce onto a platter, arrange asparagus on top, drizzle with a bit more sauce.

Isn’t spring grand?

10 thoughts on “Asparagus with Red Pepper Sauce; The return of the Bunny Slayer”

  1. Bunnies, lizards, centipedes, dogs
    Lions, coyotes, maris and frogs
    Life with you is an amusing dance
    With all the creatures you find in France! 🙂

  2. We have cats who sit and wait for the birds at the feeders and the ducklings in the pond. One year I saw one of our cats, Fuzzy, grab a duckling from the edge of the pond (in the back yard) and run. I chased him all over the yard, and he finally dropped it and it ran back to the pond. A few minutes later I was in the front yard and I saw him with a bird…I proceeded to chase him again, and he dropped the bird and it flew away. This all took place in about 10 min. time frame!
    Another cat brought a bunny to the back door, and when I opened the door to yell at him he dropped the bunny and it ran in the house, under my bed!!! Had to get the broom to shoo him out. Honestly, with these crazy pets, who needs a TV???
    Now, for the asparagus…I bought some today and made a risotto for supper with leeks, baby portabella mushrooms and asparagus…oh my word. So delicious! My favorite way to fix asparagus is to roast it. Either in the oven, or on the gas grill. Smoky, and still a bit firm…it is one of my favorite vegetables!

  3. Once in the Bahamas, I had a lizard in a motel room, named her Lizzie. When I’d get in in the evening, I’d locate her, turn on the AC and she’d stay put all night then, too cold to move.
    Love your stories and the dogs and the asparagus.

  4. In Florida, our lizards were chameleons. Here in the South of France, supposedly they are all salamanders. They look like lizards to me. But they eat nasty bugs, so I’ve learned to make friends with them, whatever they are called!

  5. You have so many new friends! We have the “geckos”running around here like crazy~that’s part of the thrill of living in Florida. They are harmless…..just really ugly~I’m sure the poor little bunny died of fright, I would! I had the pleasure of having a huge portion of white asparagus a few weeks ago when visiting my friend near Tours. I look for them here, but no such luck. Your sauce looks wonderful!They are delicious!!!

  6. Never knew about lizards in france either. Bunnies are cute but they are pure evil with gardens. I have humane traps in my garden hoping to catch one or two. Problem is in the cages they thrash so if you do not relocate them quickly they will die.

  7. Ruth, yes, we have lizards. Big ones and little ones. Larry is a little one.
    Zoomie, very, very cute!
    Cindy, Sedi always looks sooo surprised when she actually catches something. Unlike the cat we used to have who always looked smug!
    Emily, thanks, I like colors…
    Tanna, it’s amazing what we can do in motel rooms against critters… Good idea!
    azurieen, Larry is not doing his job! Or I’d be happy with him.
    Nuria, I’m to much of a city girl – I don’t know how to skin a rabbit. And it was pretty small.
    Jann, I’m pretty sure you’re right. There were no big bite marks on it.
    Jeff, and I’m planting a garden where Sedi found it… Good dog!

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