Squid is good........................for catching rats. Don't believe me?
Last week, I discovered we have rats in the storeroom at my workplace. Big, black, scary critters. Rats are not a common sight here, when I saw one, my scream was so loud and ringing it made my colleagues drop everything and rush to the scene immediately. It seems there are 2 ways to tackle rats. The first is rat poison, but if they end up dead in some unreachable corner, the stink would be unbearable. The alternative is to trap them. A mousetrap was purchased from a hardware store. It is a long metal cage with a spring loaded gate. A small morsel of food is hung inside the cage, the idea being that the rat will bite it and trigger the spring which shuts the gate, thus trapping it inside. And lo and behold, we did catch a rat. It just could not resist the wonderful pungent smell of the dried squid we used as bait. Dried squid, not cheese. I have never heard of people here using cheese as bait. Here we have stronger smelling stuff like dried seafood. This is what dried squid looks like. Of course I only snipped a strip of it for bait.
Even though she came from a fishing village, Wati has never seen dried squid before. I decided to cook Fried Pork with Dried Squid for dinner tonight. Two squid pieces are first soaked in cold water for about 3-4 hours, washed, cartilaginous backbone removed, and then cut into slices. Some pork slices are marinated with whisky and white pepper. Aromatics like chopped garlic, onions and dried chillies are sauteed in the wok first. The pork and squid are added next and tossed for a while before water and dark soya sauce is added. After simmering for about 5 minutes, the dish is ready. It went really well with rice.
For dessert, an Orange and Pecan Cupcake from Cedele / Bakery Depot. Love the orange frosting.
What happened to the rat? My colleague took it "Somewhere Far Away" and released it. He could not bear to kill it.