We Found Venison and Wild Boar Salami In Aldi.

And here are two things we made with them!

Venison Salami and Eggs in Red Wine.

Ingredients:

(Made 6 portions.)

  • 300g venison salami
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 200g carrrots
  • 200g cabbage
  • 200ml red wine
  • smoked paprika, soy sauce, pepper to taste
  • 15 eggs
  • butter for frying

Utensils:

  • chopping board and knife
  • 2 frying pans

Recipe:

  1. Wash and shred the vegetables.
  2. Chop down the salami.
  3. Place all in the pan on a medium to low heat with a little butter and fry until soft.
  4. Season and add the red wine.
  5. Bring to a boil, turn down. Leave to simmer.
  6. Use a bit of butter to scramble the eggs.
  7. Once both pans are cooked through, mix the contents together on a low heat.

Wild Boar Salami and Pork Belly Stew on Pasta.

Ingredients:

(Makes 4 servings.)

  • 400g meaty pork belly
  • 100g wild boar salami
  • 200g swede
  • 200g carrots
  • 200g onions
  • 200g parsnips
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 2tbsp chopped basil
  • 2 large broad leaf sage leaves
  • black pepper, rock salt, smoked paprika, cloves to taste
  • 200g dried pasta

Utensils:

  • chopping board and knife
  • 2 pots

Recipe:

  1. Chop the vegetables, pork belly and salami into equally sized cubes, or thin rings for parsnips and carrots.
  2. Just cover with warm water with the seasonings and bring to a boil. Keep on a medium heat until the vegetables are tender and the sauce is reduced.
  3. Cook the pasta once the sauce is ready.
  4. Serve the stew over the pasta with a sprinkling of cheese.

And that is what we have done so far with our wild salami!

Any ideas what do do next?

 

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How To… female dread.

There is a concept in the PUA and Red Pill communities called “dread”. The basic idea is to do just enough to make a woman “dread” leaving you. Maybe she’s losing appreciation and he’s showing her how valuable he is. Or maybe she’s losing focus and he moves quickly out of her life to show he’s mobile. Or maybe she thinks he’s locked down and he’s illustrating that he is not focused only on her. To many women these behaviours may seem cruel. And oftentimes they feel cruel or even are cruel. But they are also natural and often necessary to give a man leverage in his relationship/s.

Likewise, if you are a man reading this, take this post calmly as, however cruel it may seem to you, these are natural ways a woman can ensure her man is focused on her.

1: Accept that you are living, breathing dread.

As a woman you are automatically a desirable partner, to some degree, to every heterosexual man on the planet. Quite simply put, in evolutionary terms one man is enough for hundreds of women to reproduce, but hundreds of men and one woman does not a tribe make. So we have evolved to place a base level of automatic value on a womb.

This means that whilst men need to work to remind a woman that they are valuable, most women are automatically valuable to most men. He is probably already afraid that you are too valuable for him, that you have options and that you can leave.

2: Do not threaten or corner him.

Threats are superflous as male relationship anxiety is internal. Dread on females is external because our romantic choices are external. Allow me to explain.

As women inherently have value, a man’s selection criteria are purely based on his own sexual and emotional desires. Who he wants to reproduce with is an internal process. It doesn’t matter if every man in his tribe wants woman X, if he is wired to fancy woman Y, he will fancy her. And, as long as both are fertile, it doesn’t matter that he chooses Y. Over the years, men have developed some shared preferences (hourglass figures, squishy thighs and buttocks, young face) and some personal preferences (red hair, long toes, shorter figure). But all these preferences are an inbuilt mechanism.

But as men do not inherently have value, women need to select men based on their added value, their external value. In one tribe, they may subsist on fish and need many fishermen. The women who select the best fishermen as partners bring more children to adulthood and their children also do better in life. But if a hundred years later the tribe finds masses of rabbit warrens, that generation of women needs to find the best rabbit hunters. Our desire has some internal basis, but, in principle, we desire partners based on external factors.

Therefore, when a man threatens with leaving or corners a woman emotionally, he is showing off. He is showing that he has external value that makes him better than the next guy. You know, in case she was thinking of leaving. He is basically saying “I can leave, I have options, don’t think you can crawl back to me when you make a bad decision”.

But the same doesn’t work for the woman. Because a man knows his woman has options. By virtue of existing, however apparently infertile she is, there will be someone who wants her. Because her value is internal to the man observing her.

By threatening, a woman isn’t saying “I have options”, he already knows she does. She is saying “I am taking another option”. Therefore, threats and cornering won’t just make a man closer to you, they could trigger extreme jealousy, anger or even make him give up, because you’ve clearly found someone better.

3: Do not withhold or control resources.

Another way a man can employ dread is by limiting a woman’s access to resources. If he is the main breadwinner, his status is greater than hers, he gets free perks or he is her only source of sex, then withholding these things sends home a message. It reminds her of everything she would lose were she to stray, that she is not entitled to anything he offers and that he is willing and capable of removing it at a moment’s notice.

Women rarely have the upper hand in terms of resources because, by our very nature, we usually get those resources from men. Even when a woman has her own resources, sex, food and status are easily attainable to many men. Men can even do with very little or without some resources, if that means they have more freedom and opportunities.

When a man withholds sex, a woman either must leave or win him back. When a woman withholds sex, a man starts looking elsewhere.

When a man withholds money, a woman must either leave or win him back. When a woman withholds money, a man starts making his own.

When a man withholds status, a woman must either leave or win him back. When a woman withholds status, a man would rather go without.

Whatever you take away from him physically, he will either do without or find elsewhere. By putting up that barrier you are encouraging him to turn away, not to climb it.

So we’ve seen what we can’t do. But what can a woman do to remind her man of her worth, of her freedom to leave and her needs and desires?

4: Keep calm and polite.

Being standoffish, aggressive and selfish will not make you look like a girl in demand. You are a girl in demand because you’re a girl. That won’t be the first thing he thinks when you get angry. It will just make you look undesirable. Why does he want to be with a girl who snaps over the smallest thing, or insults him over every argument? He can surely do better than her.

However, turn that around. If you can remain calm in almost every situation and master your emotions to a point where even you, yourself, stop caring so much about minor things, then you become more desirable. Who is this girl who can take a joke, go through some pain and still smile and relax at the end of the day?

If you are always polite and courteous, then he will not end every argument thinking he can do better than you. You will possibly even stand out as one of the few women he’s dated who can take an argument seriously without throwing ad hominems.

By making sure you are relaxed, balanced, polite and gentle at all times, he will not harbour any memories of the pain you caused him. He will instead be able to appreciate your efforts towards the relationship.

5: Nurture.

Another thing women are often very good at, but that we’re losing a little is our nurturing nature. Whether it’s a child, a cat or even a work project, we care for things closely, tenderly and carefully to ensure they fully develop.

And that is most men’s most intimate non-sexual experience of women. From his mother and grandmothers, to teachers and mentors, men grow up around women who nurture them to help them grow and develop. Some even become dependent on this nurturing to work hard and fail to thrive when there is nobody to congratulate and reward them.

Many girlfriends and wives fail to nurture their partners. In part, this is instinctive. We would, in a wild world, have babies and elderly parents and livestock that needed our nurturing more than our husbands. And men don’t really need to be constantly nurtured. They are well-equipped with a desire to better themselves for its own sake and a fear of failure.

But when a man is motivated by more than fear, he will often throw extra effort into his entire life. By nurturing your husband, keeping him relaxed, happy, fed and motivated to grow, you are making sure his quality of life improves dramatically. And he will associate that change with you and want to keep you around.

6: Be available.

Whereas men often withdraw resources such as sex, money, emotions or safety so as to remind a woman that he improves her life, we can benefit more from doing the opposite.

Men already know full well that women don’t need to provide. In fact, their many experiences and observations on women have already shown them that most women don’t want to provide or are even averse to it.

By doing your best to meet his needs, provide for him and give him everything you can you are telling him that you are different. And you don’t even have to actually give your all. Something as simple as listening to him complain about a day at work or making his favourite dinner will already tell him that you stand out. When so few women take a single step in this direction, being the one to go the whole mile often makes you by far his best prospect.

7: Be attractive.

Men are primarily attracted to our looks. It is their internal desire, the love that motivates healthy reproduction. So take care of those looks.

If you let yourself go he may start taking you for granted. This is literally the only situation where a man can undervalue his woman’s ability to find a new partner. When she gains an extra 20lbs, cuts her hair a way he doesn’t like or stops wearing makeup, he sees her as less attractive and this makes him assume that other men will see her as less attractive. He assumes that as he doesn’t want to work to keep you, other men won’t work to get you.

By keeping as attractive as you can, you keep him on his toes. Regardless of what you look like, how old you are, what you wear or where you come from, if you

A: try and be as attractive as possible to him and

B: put in a little effort each day

you will get complimented on your looks, your efforts, your style, etc. And he will like you. Combine the two and he will be reminded that you are still desirable and that thousands of men across the world would gladly replace him if he needed replacing.

8: Be gregarious.

The final step to female dread is to be gregarious. That is, to meet people, see people, talk to people and have fun. How you do this depends on you and him. Something like inviting his friends over to dinner and letting him see them compliment you and your cooking could be a firm reminder. Or he may need to see you dressed to the nines in an upscale bar with guys fighting to buy you drinks. The key here is that you don’t need to do anything on top of that. Just be your usual self, plus what you do for him. It will be enough to attract some attention and he will, trust me, definitely notice that his woman is getting attention.

And that is how a woman can apply dread. Skip the threats, the online dating accounts left open, the withdrawal of sex or the long nights out. Instead, be a joy to be around, an asset to his life, the easiest partner he’ll have (only once he has you, mind) and someone attractive and desirable to him. He will dread leaving you.

TTFN and Happy Hunting.

Disclaimer: Yes, it’s a little cold and cruel on the surface. The concept of dread is inherently troublesome to men and women alike because it kills our illusion of choice.

Using female dread as the example: a woman buys her husband a stash of his favourite chocolate bars, this makes him like her more.

He likes to think that she did it because she just felt like it and that he chose her out of his own free will. When he is aware of female game, he starts questioning it. Perhaps she did it because she consciously knew it would make him more attracted. Perhaps she is making him choose her. The illusion of choice is killed. This can even make something nice, such as getting his favourite chocolate bars, seem unpleasant.

When we are unaware of dread it’s easy to just think of such things as natural, loving, automatic behaviours. But when we are aware of dread, we realize that either on a biological or a conscious level, our partners are manipulating us into loving them.

It hurts to accept. But this is how it would be, whether we knew about it or not. And by knowing about it we can better use dread to our advantage.

Recipe Corner. Roadkill Rabbit.

Yes, roadkill. Yes, recipe. It isn’t half as bad as it sounds!

But it’s EXACTLY what it sounds like.

Basically, we live in the countryside. And there are a few warrens around here. There happens to be one either side of the main road and one just down the lane. So rabbits are getting hit all the time, often right on our doorstep! Sometimes, we can walk down the road and on our way back there’ll be something there that wasn’t there 30min ago. Sometimes it’s pancaked, but others it’s surprisingly whole. This time, we took it home.

Slight amount of blood on the side of its head implies it was “nicked” by a car, rather than properly hit. Rigor-mortis hadn’t even set in and it was warm.

When we got it home, Jon tried to sever the spine to ensure it was 100% dead and not comatose. He missed by an inch, but the fact the throat-wound didn’t produce a flow of blood (more of a spatter) assured us the heart wasn’t beating any more. So the process could begin.

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Now, I’d seen people preparing rabbits in Spain, where they seem to be the predominant form life wishes to take (well, rabbits and cacti). However, I hadn’t done it myself. It appears that, like pheasant-plucking, it came naturally to me, as I did it over the sink and counter without instruction, relying on instinct and memory.

Step 1: Remove the feet. Snap them at the ankles and cut through the skin. Place to one side if you want to make lucky charms.

Step 2: Pierce the skin over the breast bone. This ensures a clean skin at the end and that you don’t puncture the organs before it’s skinned.

Step 3: Pull the skin away from the body and make a clean cut down the middle. Mine turned out at a bit more of an angle, but otherwise it was good.

Step 4: There should be a solid amount of ligament down the breastbone proper, cut this away.

Step 5: Peel the skin away from the chest.

Step 6: There is more strong ligament in the armpit and hip-joint areas, as well as on the knees and elbows. The best option is to cut a straight line down the inner thighs, remove the ligaments and just peel it off by turning it inside out.

Step 7: There are odd bits of strong ligament down the spine. Cut a ring around the neck, remove these ligaments and detach the skin.

Rigor-mortis started setting in near the end of the skinning, but I finished the job nicely. Whilst the description implies it would take longer, I wanted the fur, was working with a hardening animal and inexperienced and I only took around 20min, so it wouldn’t be that hard at all. Really, you could perform step 1, cut the head  and tail off, make a tear down the back and front and peel it in a minute. You could even bypass using a knife, like I did when removing the feet. All you really need is your hands.

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Fur and feet.

Bunny almost ready for food.

Bunny almost ready for food.

Step 8: Cut off the head. The reason I didn’t do this before is that it seemed easier to get a clean skin with the head still attached. I think it worked.

Step 9: I messed up this part a bit, so in case you do too, do it over the sink. Break the hips open. Make an incision directly under the ribs, running along the whole of the bottom of them. Peel the skin back. Insert your fingers between the ribs and the organs. When you find a strong ligament, pull down. The entirety of the offal should come out cleanly.

I managed to get it out cleanly, but in three parts. One was the diaphragm, as described above. The other was the heart and lungs, which I fished out later, along with that magical ligament. The last was the end of the colon which I cut out.

Washed and ready for butchering.

Washed and ready for butchering.

I cut it up into the four limbs, a front piece and a back piece and boiled it in salt water for an hour or so. This is to ensure it’s well-cooked, so any tiny risk of parasites is further reduced.

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Now comes the recipe!

Ingredients:

-1 cooked rabbit

-1 large onion

-4 medium carrots

-6 stalks of celery

-500ml of red wine

-5tbsp chilli olive-oil

-4 tbsp mixed herbs

-2tbsp pepper

-1tbsp onion powder

-1tbsp lemon juice

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-cooking pot

Recipe:

1: Wash, peel and chop the vegetables. Add them to the pot and pour the wine on top. Add the olive oil and then water until the vegetables are covered.

2: Put on a high heat and leave. Note: put the lid on. As the alcohol in the wine will be boiling at a lower temperature the veg will take slightly longer to cook-through, but by keeping the pot covered you can increase the temperature enough so that the difference is hardly noticeable.

3: Strip the rabbit off the bones. Cut any big bits of meat down to size. There should be a lot of meat, so make sure you get the loin, everything from the legs, the pectorals and the strips of meat under the ribs.

4: Once the veg is softened, add the rabbit and the remaining seasonings.

5: Simmer at a low heat until everything is coloured by the wine and the flavours have blended.

6: Serve. We had ours with a bit of wine on the side.

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I will dry the feet and tan the fur. Not sure what I want to do with them, though…