Thursday, January 2, 2014

Caviar Anyone?

I'm exhausted!  haha.  It has been quite a busy and intense time of family, friends, reorganization and upcoming meetings.  The thought of some of this makes me tired.  But I am grateful to have made it through another year with strength to make it through this one too.

Now, having said that...a girl has to pamper herself for a job well done over the past 12 months.  Or just do it for any old reason at all...ha.  I decided that I was going to make one, huge extravagant dish.  But being as tired as I have been from travel and feeling off and on as if I were fighting the flu, I broke it into two "events".
My first "event" was a roasted, crispy skin duck.  I had never done a duck quite like this before.  And Lord knows I had never heard of a "utility duck" until I last week.  I kept thinking what could they possibly have the ducks doing before they met their end???  "Utility Ducks".....really??.  Well, they were going for about 2.00 a pound and was about half the size of  a regular duck.  Then I found out that they are usually missing some "part" and are sold for much less than the other ducks that made the cut  (no pun intended).

Anyway, it took about 2 hours to cook it along with some parsnips ( I hope I spelled that right), which I had never cooked before, dressing, gravy and broccoli. Fortunately, my little duck had all of its wings and things.  It was missing some of the giblets, but that was no big deal.  The bird was small enough for us to just cut the thing in half and share it.  It was very juicy (surprisingly so) seeing as it was on low broil the entire time it cooked.

Presto!


Well, as you can see... I forgot to change my table cloth.  Oh well....:-).  Maybe tomorrow.  Anywho,  today's adventure was black caviar; which I knew had to be kept on ice even while being served and only served with plastic, glass or Mother of Pearl utensil.  Otherwise, the metal of stainless steel or aluminium will ruin the taste.  I had a plastic knife handy.......:-)  


Smoked trout........Also to be eaten cold.


stuffed eggs......I made the mixture with cream cheese and spices and put a dollop of caviar on each egg.  Chris had some sourdough bread that he made into "toast points".  The idea was to put the smoked trout on a slice of toast and top it with some basil pesto....

        
And that was our first "exotic" dinners of 2014.

 Thanks for burping with us!  haha  Happy New Year!!

13 comments:

Scootard said...

No....you're the exotic one! What a dish! Yeah, you! !! The food was also excellent.

Trobairitz said...

Very exotic.

You fixed a feast fit for kings, perfect for starting the new year.

bob skoot said...

Pat:

Wow ! What a Meal !

such exotic foods. I had macaroni on New Years. Next year I'm coming over to your place

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

Patricia Carpenter said...

Thanks, Brandy! I hope you had a good New Years celebration...:-)

Patricia Carpenter said...

Hey Bob! Next Year we hope to be in the states. See you there! hahaha

livin'itup! said...

That all looks very delicious! Happy New Year!

Patricia Carpenter said...

Thanks, livin it up! Happy New Year to you too!

bob skoot said...

Pat:

If I were you I wouldn't be so fast at laughing . . . I will be very close to Lawton, OK next September 2014. Leaving Memphis after we visit Elvis . . .

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

Patricia Carpenter said...

You're kidding! Well, the plan is to get there sound the second week of October, but that's a long way off. Who knows what might happen between now and then!

Dar said...

Hey lady can you come cook for me that looks fabulous! Re the parsnips, if you ever what another way of serving I steam them and then mash them together with steamed carrots and add dash of nutmeg on top.

What a feast!!

Patricia Carpenter said...

Hi Dar! Happy New Year to you and yours....:-).

Yes, I have heard of them being mashed and cooked like potatoes and mixed with carrots. I will give that a try next time. Although the nutmeg threw me off for a minute! I was thinking more on the line of butter, salt and pepper...haha. But, I am willing to give it a whirl....:-).

bob skoot said...

Pat:

happy birthday to you before i miss it

love
bob
Riding the Wet Coast

Patricia Carpenter said...

Thanks, Bob!