"Soaked for three days in the running water of a stream (it) comes out with its meat white, and I assure you I have eaten it many times "
That is what Italian cooking show host Beppe Bigazzi said. I always wondered what the trick was. Ever since that bit in Around the World in Eighty Days in which Phileas Fogg complained about the curry.
Signor Bigazzi was speaking not of rabbit, or wild goat, or some exotic game, but of the common house cat. Which he avers is a particular specialty of Tuscany.
After some experiments when I was younger, I had always assumed that cat was inedible. There are some animals which acquire the flavour of whatever they eat, and consequently a cat would have to be lovingly fed truffles and chestnuts in order to be even passably tasty.
Now I know: soak the meat in several changes of water or go whole hog and suspend it in a nice cold Alpine brook.
Any rabbit curry recipe would probably be good. Even jugged hare.
"Who's not fat, kills the cat"
It is a delicacy, he assures the viewer, before going into more detail about kitty stew. His co-host, a typical product of the enlightened modern age, looked stunned - no doubt she would prefer tofu.
LIKE RABBIT..... SORT OF
Now, please do not accuse me angrily of hating cats. I actually love the little creeps, and they can indeed be very charming. Cats are delightful companions.
There's just far more to appreciate about them than all those dipwads trolling the internet for cute cat pictures wish to admit.
Please think in terms of garlic, ginger, and a chicken tikka masala sauce.
Maybe if you fed the little 'rooftoprabbits' on a diet of peanuts and corn they'd be nice and sweet too. It's worth thinking about.
Slow roasted, spiral cut. With a little sharp mustard.