Saturday, April 21, 2012

SQUIRREL STEW

Bad news.

Remember our beautiful first egg?
 Then our second?
And the third?
Then, this afternoon there were four beautiful blue eggs.  
We went out for coffee and when we returned, I checked the nest to see if there was a fifth egg.

But instead we found this.

Mass murder.  
So sad.

Exhibit A.
Exhibit B.

The only thing that makes me feel better is the fact that they weren't little hatched babies yet.  So they didn't have to suffer.  But the mom is probably pretty stressed out.  We're thinking she might possibly have a fifth egg and may risk coming back to the nest for one last try.

But chances are, she's done.  

And even if she isn't she probably doesn't want to go back to the scene of the crime.  

I don't blame her.  

I wouldn't either.

Special thanks to TracyMB at Crow's Feet Chic for the "revenge recipes".  

(It's actually pretty gross, and I could never do it, but it makes me feel better to threaten it!)

And . . . we're pretty sure we saw a squirrel in the yard with "egg on his face".

This is what he deserves.
(It's really pretty disgusting.  I would advise you not to read it.)

SQUIRREL STEW

3 squirrels, cleaned and cut up
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 slices bacon
2 T butter
5 c water
1 - 28 oz. can whole tomatoes
1 chopped onion
1 heaping T of brown sugar
2 potatoes cut in cubes
1-10 oz. pkg frozen lima beans
1 c frozen corn
3 T flour

Combine 1/4 c. flour, salt and pepper.  Coat the squirrel pieces.

In a Dutch oven, combine bcon and butter over medium heat until butter melts.  Add squirrel and brown.

Add water, tomatoes, onion and brown sugar and bring to boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stir occasionally.

Remove squirrel pieces and let cool.  Remove meat from bones.

Add meat, potatoes, beans and corn to Dutch oven.  Heat to boiling, reduce heat and cover.  Simmer until potatoes are tender.

Mix 3 T of flour with 3 T of cold water, then stir into stew.  Heat to boiling.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, bubbly.

Serve with warm rolls and enjoy!


I wish all of you better luck than we had.  

:-(










14 comments:

Diane said...

Oh no! So sad!

alex2mac said...

I am sooo sad to read this morning of the loss of the eggs.It was a joy to read each day of the progress of Mrs Robin and her nest.Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos.

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

Oh Nan, we're so sorry. My daughter sat with me and read the whole post, recipe and all. After saying how sad it was, Macy said "I'm not sure I want to build that squirrel feeder anymore"!! (Our elderly neighbour gave Macy some cedar planks to make her and "Earl" a feeder.) She feeds, we trap. :) I'm hoping that Mrs. Robin has better luck with her next clutch. It's early, so she will try again I am sure. Good luck with the stew... it cracked me up! xo

P.S. Macy loved Miss Gillyflower!

P.P..S. Would you serve a red or white with squirrel?

Rhissanna said...

First catch your squirrel...

Well, this is pretty awful. Maybe she'll come back or try later in the season?

I'm sure my Great Grandmother has a squirrel fur wrap, too...

Papillon said...

Oh, that is sooooooo sad-nature can be cruel sometimes. I had been anticipating the hatching of these beautiful eggs, and looked out for your daily updates.poor Mrs robin. Let's hope she has 1 more try-robins usually stay in the same area-so maybe you could try a nest box in time for next year.xx

Elisa said...

Awe that's too bad! Poor little bird!! No home sweet nest for her! I love a good stew...lol You are too funny!
Elisa
home sweet nest

Anonymous said...

Oh, I am heartbroken. I was looking forward to seeing your little family. How sad. I am not liking those darn squirrels.
Carole

Lifein1000sqft said...

Ahh I was looking forward to the rest of the story. I hope momma bird comes back. I also have a nest that I'm watching too hopefully I can have a sweet ending.

Veronica said...

Oh no, poor mommy! And those eggs were also such a beautiful blue! I have never seen eggs that colour in real life before!
I also had no idea squirrels ate eggs!

Teddee said...

Squirrel is pretty tasty, actually. Teddee

Anne said...

Nan,
Oh no.I despise squirrels
Anne

Laurel Stephens said...

My condolences! Around here we call squirrels rats with fluffy tails. They're awful.

The Barn Door said...

OH that's awful!! So sad!

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

Just checking in on you and being sure you're having fun creating and not being held hostage by the ninja squirrels. Tap your paintbrush once on your keyboard if you're okay... :)

YOU COULD MAKE THAT IS ON FACEBOOK!

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