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Presenting the 2013 Duck Day Menu

So if you’ve been following my Twitter feed you’ve been seeing days and days of prep cooking for our Thanksgiving extravaganza, the annual event corwin long ago named DUCK DAY and which continues every year. We make duck not turkey. This year, because of Chanukah we decided each course should be themed to a separate Festival of Lights of some kind or other winter holiday. So we have the Lantern Festival (China), Festival of Merce (Barcelona), Diwali (India), Thanksgiving (USA), Chanukah (All of Jewdom), Yule (Norther Europe and other cold places).

Menu below the cut! Check my Instagram or Twitter feeds for photos all evening long, and the hashtag is #duckday

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Duck Day 2013: Festivals of Lights (& Winter)

Amuse: Holiday Gift
A zukesake “present” with gari
Wine: Domäne Wachau Grüner Veltiner 2012 (Austria)

Lantern Festival (China): Twin yuanxiao dumplings
Char Siu Duck
Chive & Water Chestnut
Served with house-made chili garlic paste

Festival of Mercê (Barcelona): Tapas
Duck Ropa Vieja
Cauliflower in saffron batter
Mushrooms • Roasted red and green peppers • Olives
Pan Cubano
Wine: Abel Mendoza Rioja 2012 (Spain)

Diwali (India): Dahl
Pureed lentil soup with shrikhand ice cream
Naan
Cocktail: Palate Uncleanser

Thanksgiving (USA): “Leftovers”
Open faced sandwich of roasted duck breast
on sage bread with sweet potato, gravy, and spherified cranberry sauce
Wine: Domaine Zind Humbrecht Gewurtztraminer 2011 (Alsace)

Intermezzo:
Palate Cleanser of carbonated black gyokuro tea with ginger-lemon grass-lime ice

Hanukah (All of Jewdom): Fried potatoes
Duck fat fried potato chips with three condiments:
Äioli • Apple sauce gelée • Bourbon Ketchup

Yule (Northern Europe & Other Cold Places): “Yule Log”
Cognac flambeed duck roulade with giblet jus
Wild and Red Rice dressing
Haricot Vert
Wine: Giacomo Fenocchio Langhe Nebbiolo 2010 (Italy)

Dishes: The festival of washing!

Dessert:
Sweet potato creme caramel
Gulab Jamun

Parting Gifts: One last holiday gift
Almond Green Tea Financier
Tea, Coffee, etc.

2 Comments

  1. How did you fit so much food into such a tiny person?

    1. ctan says:

      You ever wonder why skinny asians always seem to win these food eating contests? Me too. I think we’re just hollower inside or something. (Well, more likely, high metabolism… I wasn’t even stuffed at the end, though a couple of our light-eating guests were. I had two creme caramels, even.)

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