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One of our daughters was married and had 2 boys and 2 girls. All of them were very young and close in age. It seemed as if they were always some kind of problem going on with them. But my daughter has
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posted at 7/25/2009 8:23 AM EDT
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One of our daughters was married and had 2 boys and 2 girls. All of them were very young and close in age. It seemed as if they were always some kind of problem going on with them. But my daughter has a beautiful outlook on life. She always says if it is meant to be it will be and everything will work out the way God means it too. This is like a code of ethic for her. I know she must worry at times about what is going on but she tries to never to let it show. Her kids are grown now and some already have children of their own. But when they were young she had to really stretch the dollar for them to make the ends meet. She would hardly ever ask us for help, once in a while I would just pop in to check on them and go to her icebox to look to see if she had food pretending I was looking for some cold water to drink. I would help them when I saw they were in need. They were out of state at one time and I was always worried about them because like I said she would not complain or call asking. When one of the kids called and told me they had porcupines in the kitchen and he was going to eat 4 of them. I just could not stand it any longer. I told Brother Joe we had to go see about them and what the kids had said. Are they eating porcupines? I have eaten a lot of game foods, armadillos, squirrels, rabbits, hog, dear, goat, sheep, lamb and more but I never had eaten a porcupine. I don't know if you could even eat them or not? We got ready and left immediately to Lousianna with a van full of groceries and a little extra cash to leave with them also. We live by faith and the Lord always meets our needs and more but We just had to go. Who cleanned those porcupines, how do you get the quills out? What would you serve with it? Maybe sweet potatoes. My mind was just racing as we drove over there. I could not help but think of my poor grand babies having to eat porcupines. I knew I should be praying on the way otherwise my flesh would get the best of me and I would tell my son in law a thing or two about this situation. We finally got there after what seemed like an eternity to me. We honked and the grandkids came out first and we just started unloading the van handing the kids what ever they were big enough to carry. I ask them if they were okay. I ask them if they liked the porcupines and one of the boys told us yes, granny they were really good. I ate 4 by myself. Four? By hisself? Oh no this is awful, my poor babies. About that time Our daughter and our son in law came out. We greeted them and they were looking at us a little strange because we usually call to let them know we are coming up. Our son in law is from Cuba and we love him dearly. He was looking at us and ask "whatsa matta mom?" Nothing we just wanted to come see yall. He kept looking as he knew this was not like us to just show up. We finished unloading and Carlos ask us if we were moving in with a little laugh. No we just came to see yall. WHY? Not that we aren't glad to see you but it is a long trip and I know yall have church services in 3 days. I wanted to change the subject and ask how they had been doing and how were all the kids, the usual small talk you make with your family when you see them. Bertie had not said to much since we had got there. She made coffee and ask if we had eaten yet. Ugh, well thats why we brought some food so we could all cook together this evening. Oh mom I have some porcupines cooked and I want you to try them, you are going to love them I made up the recipe all by myself. One of the grandkids said they are good, but they are pointy on the outside. Oh no are they eating the porcupine with the quills on? How in the world could they do that. I don't think i would like to try that Bertie. Oh come on mom you always said to eat what is set before you. What could I say but okay That is Gods word so go ahead and serve me up some porcupines but please leave on the quills. WHAT? Well Jesse said they had pointy stuff on the outside and I do not want to eat that part of the porcupine. Close your eyes momma and waith till I say open them. I did but I was frantic wondering what the porcupine would look like served up on a plate. We have been to a lot of places and tried many different types of food but a porcupine? NO NO NO...I heard her scurring around the kitchen and I could smell something that smelled really good. Hmm maybe it wont be so bad, it does smell good. Okay open your eyes she said as she set the plate down. I opened my eyes and was shocked. There on my plate were 4 small porcupines with little pointy things sticking out on the sides. Go ahead and taste it momma. Well here goes nothing as I cut off a piece and took a bite with the pointy things on the side and all. It did not even tickle as it went down. How is it? Do you like it? Yes, I have never eaten this before but I do like it. Will you give me your recipe? You made it up? Yes, momma I did. It has been raining and work has been slow in the constuction business so we do what we gotta do to get by. I told her that Abel had called me on the phone and that you were serving them porcupines with the pointy things still on and I was worried sick about yall. We just had to come over here to help yall out. Bertie and Carlos both busted out laughing. Before you knew it we were all laughing about the situation. Once we had calmed ourselves down Bertie said momma we can use the groceries and we are thankful for yalls help. Now let me write down that porcupine recipe for you. This is the receipe for porcupine. I hope you will try it as it really is quite tasty.

Brown the ground meat in a large skillet and season with salt, pepper, garlic (fresh or powder) chop an onion finely, and a bell pepper also and add to the meat. While this is on simmer, boil some rice (they eat rice with everything) and when done drain and let it cool off just enough so it can be handled. Now make a little gravy to go on top of the porcupine when you serve it. If you like you can add whatever spice you like to give it the flavor you want it to have. Seems simple enough doesn't it. Oh I forgot to tell you once the meat is done and the rice is cooled you roll the grounf meat into the rice patting it together into a ball shape(you could use an ice crean scoop also) and serve with the gravy over the top of it. I ask Bertie how she ground the meat up and she said momma it comes that way, you know ground beef? I understood what they were laughing about now. Then I told them how the boys called and said they were eating porcupines with pointy things. We laughed everytime we looked at each other. We left going back home to Texas the next day and could not help but chuckle as we went. Many years have passed by and now her kids make their kids eat porcupines too. Thanks for reading and have a nice day, Donna

Porcupines in the kitchen...

posted at 7/26/2009 5:34 AM EDT
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When I tell people that I make porcupines they look at me funny, too. Mine are made with the rice rolled in the ground meat and cooked in tomato juice. I always enjoy your posts and can hardly wait for another one. God Bless in all that you do.

Re: Porcupines in the kitchen...

posted at 4/6/2011 9:27 AM EDT
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First: 10/6/2010
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Very nice! thanks for sharing the recipe........I will try it. I had never heard of Porcupines and when I saw the title of your post , this is not what I expected

Re: Porcupines in the kitchen...

posted at 4/6/2011 9:00 PM EDT
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First: 3/21/2009
Last: 3/17/2012
What a nice story. I never heard of Porcupines. I might just try it.

Re: Porcupines in the kitchen...

posted at 4/7/2011 1:29 AM EDT
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First: 10/26/2009
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My Mom used to make porcupine balls when we were growing up in the Midwest. However our recipe is a little different. We mixed uncooked rice into the meat balls. When the meat cooked, the rice would cook and expand, with some of it sticking out of the side of the meat balls...thus porcupine balls!

Re: Porcupines in the kitchen...

posted at 4/7/2011 5:45 AM EDT
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I think if someone would have offered me porcupines, I would have said I was not hungry!  LOL

Re: Porcupines in the kitchen...

posted at 4/7/2011 6:01 AM EDT
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They sound delicious! What an good idea and children love mystery food like this! We didn't have much growing up and my mom tried to stretch the dollar. To get us to eat some of the things, like split pea soup she would put a few cut up hot dogs in it so we would look for the hot dogs and got the nutritious soup in too!

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