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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Daffy for Dinner: What Was I Thinking?

The other day, the boys and I did the grocery shop. Much of my attention was divided between trying to prevent trolley-casualties to innocent bystanders, breaking up fights and convincing my children that chocolate isn't a food group.

I might be forgiven for being distracted and briefly losing my senses. I passed the frozen food section where the supermarket had brought in, especially for Christmas, turkeys and ducks. I had enough sense to rule out the turkey, because it's only going to be the four of us for Christmas, and I didn't want to be eating turkey for the next two months, but I wasn't thinking clearly when I dropped a frozen duck into the trolley.

"How hard can it be to cook a duck?" I thought to myself. I seemed to have forgotten that roasting things is just not my forte. Sure, I'm not completely hopeless as I once was, but it doesn't come naturally to me.

So here I am only days away from Christmas, and I haven't a clue what I'm going to do with that bird.

Frozen Duck for Christmas Dinner

I'm off to Google a recipe that I can't mess up. If you know of any good duck recipes, I'm open to suggestions.

18 comments:

  1. Have you ever seen Julia Child's recipe for deboning a duck?  I can totally see you doing that!!!

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  2. I'm glad you have so much faith in me. It turns out I managed to avoid a greasy duck but ended up overcooking it in the process. It's ok, I'm good at gravy and it covered up the overcooking somewhat.

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  3. ooh duck la orange!!!! with wild rice salad and washed down with sparkling red!

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  4. Well that sounds delicious, if only I could rope someone into cooking it for me. ;-)

    I haven't had wild rice in decades, I was never 'wild' on wild rice growing up, but now that it is not plentiful, I miss it.

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  5. You know, I've never cooked a duck, let alone eaten a duck.  Are you on Pinterest?  I'm sure you can find a great recipe there!!

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  6. Don't overcook it!! We do duck on the bbq or in the oven. Follow the recipe on the packaging is probably the best way (or look up Jamie Oliver's recipes!) Enjoy! I love duck and would eat it all day everyday if I could!! 

    Use mini tortillas with cucumber and hoisin sauce to make duck rolls :)

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  7. Great idea! I'll go have a 'gander'. Get it, gander? Oh that's goose, well never mind then. I think I'm feeling a bit daffy myself today. I need a nap.

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  8. You think that's bad, I had brain explosion and bought a turducken...that should be a challenge :)

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  9. I don't even know what a turducken is! That IS a challenge!

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  10. A turducken is a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey...I know...CRAZY!! lol How much poultry do you need??

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  11. Well I had this at a local restaurant...
    "Kilkivan Organic Confit Duck  Served with Capelli coleslaw with imported white figs marinated in pedro ximinez and a drizzle of 69% Bolivian chocolate infused jus"
    Don't suggest you try that though. I'm sure your Daffy will be delciious!! Good luck. :)

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  12. We usually have duck when I go home to NZ for Christmas. Just roast it on a rack in the roasting dish as a lot of fat comes out of it. Great for roasting spuds in :)

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  13. Oh my! I never would have thought of that one. I was thinking maybe one of those breast only loaf type of things with a mixture of turkey and duck. That sounds very decadent.

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  14. Thanks Sonia, same to you! I hope you have a lovely break with your family. Read you in the new year!

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  15. Sounds great. I love roasted spuds. I could just eat those with gravy and be happy.

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  16. Gosh I thought for a moment you were worried that the kids would be upset about having a cute little duck for dinner! If you really want to worry you should do what I have done. I went for a goose and was seduced by a 3 bird roast instead - goose stuffed with capon stuffed with quail!!!!!

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  17. No, that doesn't seem to bother them. We eat lamb, and they're very cute too.

    Your 3-bird roast sounds even more extravagant than my friend, Bobbysasha's turducken!

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