Sesame Brown Rice with Mangetout (Snow Peas); bunny report

Once again I'm being plagued by baby bunnies.

We have a chain link fence surrounding our front garden / lawn.  Last year I added a 15" (37cm) high wood fence all around the bottom and dug in chicken wire in the bad spots, where they regularly tried to dig under.

That didn't bunny-proof the area, but it did seriously curtail their activity.  Instead of seeing a dozen rabbits nibbling on the grass every in the morning, I would see one every few days.

And that one would be a baby bunny.

It seems the baby bunnies are small enough to get through the links on the fence.  They just jump over the wood part and go through the chain link on the fly.

Until they get too big.

I've seen the intermediate stage, where they get stuck, and have to squirm through… but the funny bit is when they're definitely too big, don't realize it, and take a jump at the fence only to ricochet off and end up sitting on their fuzzy little tails.

That day will come – until then I'm plagued by baby bunnies…

Our farmer neighbor is also plagued.

Last year they ate a 10' (3 meter) border all around his wheat field. 

This year they're eating his sunflowers.

He is not pleased.

Apparently, 3 years ago we didn't have a rabbit infestation, because his first crop of sunflowers was fine.

This week we watched as he put teeny, tiny poles about every 15' around his entire field.

It's a big field.

He strung electric fencing between the posts – at 3" (7.5cm) and 6" *15cm) heights. 

It's supposed to keep the bunnies out.

It looks kind of silly.

I'm betting that they just hop over it.

I'm hoping that, if they get deterred by the fence, it's when they're IN the field, thus getting trapped in the sunflowers and away from me.

Sorry Farmer Neighbor, don't mean to wish you ill….

But a girl can dream, right?

Brown Rice Mangetout
Sesame Brown Rice with Mangetout (Snow Peas)

A cross between a stir-fry and a pilaf, the snow peas and red pepper add color and crunch to brown rice.

1/2 cup brown rice, quick cooking
1 cup (8oz, 250ml) chicken stock or whatever your rice calls for
4oz (125gr) mangetout, snow peas
1/2 red bell pepper
1 tsp butter
2 tsp sesame or walnut oil
1 tbs soy sauce
2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted

Cook rice in chicken stock according to package instructions.
Clean pea pods – snip off the stem end. Cut large pods into pieces, at an angle, if desired. Cut red pepper into matchsticks.
When rice is almost done:
Toast sesame seeds. Remove.
Heat butter and sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pea pods, red pepper, soy sauce and sauté 5 – 7 minutes, stirring frequently. Add brown rice and stir-fry quickly. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

To toast regular sesame seeds: Put them into a dry, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Toss or stir them about in the pan until lightly golden, 2 – 4 minutes.

In addition to this, for the week of May 6 we have Seared Scallops with Brown Shallots, Brined Pork Tenderloin, Asparagus Quiche, Spring Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken….

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9 thoughts on “Sesame Brown Rice with Mangetout (Snow Peas); bunny report”

  1. Katie,
    You are so funny each year with your bunny wars. Of course, with me it’s the flea beetle and cabbage moth wars.
    To each his own.
    Have a great holiday.
    Chuck

  2. Am air-freighting the white cat over. He’ll take care of the rabbits. He’s taken care of everything else around here.

  3. There was a huge uproar when they kulled the bunnies here in my home town. Their little colony was gettinh quite large. There is still always rabbit stew:D

  4. I was going to suggest rabbit stew, too, but then I remembered that you will shortly be getting a puppy. I predict that will help enormously!

  5. A plague of baby bunnies! I find that image totally hilarious! (sorry, I know you’re frustrated)
    I don’t cook brown rice as often as I should. This looks great! A must try.

  6. The more I think about this, the more I think something is out of whack in your local ecology. What is inhibiting the predators that would normally thin the bunny ranks? Are foxes being poisoned, or maybe you need to encourage raptors in your area? Normally, Ma Nature would take care of this, even given rabbits’ reproduction rates. I don’t know what predators are normal in your area, but perhaps the local government extension office (If they have such in France) could help you to understand? Just a thought.

  7. brassfrog, I keep thinking of Monty Python….
    Belinda, yeah… They’re so cute!
    TikiPundit, will look out for cat… We used to have feral cats around here but they seem to have disappeared (don’t know why)
    Pam, that’s what I’ve heard – but our neighbor has 2….
    Val, they do seem to reproduce, well, like rabbits!
    Zoomie, yay – puppy in a month! There used to be a lot of fox around (or so I’m told). Even 3 years ago there was not a rabbit problem. We keep hoping the fox will hear about the good hunting here and come back. I see a few raptors – and a few fur piles so I know they get them. Farmers have a lot of power here, so if anyone can do anything it will be Jean-Jacques. We’re encouraged hunters. I think the farmer will be more industrious about it this year – he’s lost about 25% of his sunflowers.
    LouLou, it IS funny, and they ARE so darned cute…. Still….

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