Despite the increasing number of new breeds, the plain old Streetrat is still very popular among Dwarves. Not least because it offers a quick and filling meal after a fateful encounter with a cart or a cat. Also because it keeps the streets clean(er).
In reality, this recipe is quickly made and tastes great, with a good mix of pepper and herbs rounded by the use of milk. Whether you include the rat-narrative or not, it is easy to imagine eating at a tavern with this dish.
Streetrat - Peppered Rice Dish
- 500 g meat see below
- 1 tbs pepper freshly ground
- 6 tbs olive oil
- 1 cup rice
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbs dried tarragon chopped
- 1 tbs dried thyme chopped
Cut the meat into pointed triangles (close to rat-shaped, but smaller).
Put the pepper and the oil into a pan and heat up until the pepper starts to smell.
Add the meat and brown it from all sides.
Add the rice and stir it for a minute for it to heat up.
Add water, milk, and the herbs. Mix thoroughly and bring to a boil.
Let it all simmer with a lit on until the rice is cooked (about 10 minutes). Check the liquid recularly. If it has boiled away before the rice is done add a little more milk.
Salt to taste.
You can use any sort of meat, accounting for different breeds of rat. The most authentic freshly-harvested streetrat experience has to be pork. If you want it less authentic and also less chewy you could use turkey or chicken.
Depending on the sensitivity of your guests, the amount of pepper can be varied to give the dish more or less bite.
The recipe is gluten free. You can substitute the white rice with brown rice to make it more healthy and visually interesting, although this will probably increase the cooking time.
Ideas about including the Streetrat [by Dominic]
The Streetrat is an obvious choice when the characters are currently in a big city. But it can be found in rural areas as well, and as long as there is a Dwarf there is a chance that they will cook Streetrat regularly even facing adverse circumstances.
Since this recipe does not have any “special” ingredients, it is unlikely that the characters need to help obtain them, unlike the case would be with, say, a dragon. Still, there might be an opportunity to gather up collateral damage during a spree in the sewers or a wild chase through the streets.
What do you think about the Streetrat?
Please let us know what you think about this recipe, and how you changed it to match our local breed of rats and guests. Your feedback is much appreciated!