Duck, Duck, Brats

Chris bought a frozen duck from the grocery store earlier this week and put it in the fridge to thaw for last night’s dinner. I have never roasted a duck before, so I spent more than an hour searching for recipes. After an exhaustive search, I found a recipe that promised an irresistibly crisp and tender duck. I even found a recipe for a caramelized onion and fig relish to accompany it. Ironically, the Hero doesn’t carry baking soda, but it carries fig preserve. Go figure!

On top of all that, I read an article, with step-by-step instructions, on how to prepare a raw duck for roasting – unwrap the bird from its packaging, remove the innards, cut off any extra skin, rinse, dry, and scald with boiling water. How simple is that? Just like a Thanksgiving turkey.

As directed, I removed the duck from the packaging, and, in the process of turning it over to locate the cavity, two grotesquely gnarled feet jutted out between my hands, and a long, gangly neck and waxen head flopped down. After losing my composure, which Ally happily videotaped as it ensued, I directed her to rewrap the duck and put it back in the fridge for Chris to tackle after work. However, she was having way too much fun with it.

Needless to say, we ate brats for dinner.

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3 Responses to Duck, Duck, Brats

  1. Don Doody says:

    Never liked duck anyway.


    Sent from my iPad Don Doody 29655 N. 69th St. Scottsdale, AZ 85266 480-585-0937 Cell – 480-213-7541


  2. Lori says:

    Way too funny !!!

  3. Dad says:

    Dear Kriste and Family:

    Today, is Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Your Indonesia package arrived today, in our mail service.
    Thank you for your note to wash hands after touching the currency. The package was great and we requested our 5 grandsons to come over and pick up the the currency. I gave them five vinyl envelopes to help them store the currency. All five were excited.

    The weather here is getting warmer and the snow and ice is melting quickly. It is about time.

    I haven’t eaten duck for many years, once I stopped bird hunting. What in the world are brats? I have never heard of a brat to eat. I have heard of brats while in my early school days. But these brats were fellow children, who needed a scolding. What is a brat to eat?

    We love you all and we miss you all. This must be a real exercise in experience to all four of you. Good experiences and lots to talk about when you return home to the U.S.A.

    Hope Kylee us doing well now and hope that Ally and Kylee are doing well in school.

    You and your family are in our prayers each and every day.
    With love,


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