Blizzard banquet

We had planned to eat Christmas dinner at my parents’ house this year, with my in-laws in attendance. However, a swirly-whirly blizzard encompassed the area, and we were pinned to the homestead. So at 11 AM, we began making alternate dinner plans.

The duck climbed out of the freezer.

We bought the duck last month from the food coop. I was excited, but a little nervous about it–I like duck, but I’ve never cooked it before. But it definitely qualifies as Special Occasion Food, unlike most of the other food in the house (tuna, anyone?).

I unearthed a recipe for Duckling Peasant Style in my Romanian cookbook. Mostly a simple roast duck, with a glaze composed of tomato, garlic, paprika and honey. Sounded like a winner, so it beat out the standard Duck with Cherries. We didn’t have any cherries anyway.

To go with it, we chose Lucia rolls: a saffron-flavored Advent creation from Scandinavia. Because of our wonderful Spanish friends, we have an abundance of gorgeous saffron, and this seemed a fine time to use it. A few handsful of golden raisins rounded out the recipe.

Those two stars, plus some roasted parsnips and carrots and perhaps a glass or two of Moscato d’Asti, would make for a lovely Christmas dinner, blizzard or no blizzard.

Of course, these things never proceed as planned. At 10 PM, when the duck was still cooking and I realized that the rolls needed to rise AGAIN…we decided to scrap the plan, and just eat our gorgeous dinner on the 26th.

Christmas dinner at our place? Green salad with ranch dressing, a little jamón serrano and a couple bites of Snickers cheesecake.



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4 Responses to “Blizzard banquet”

  1. anotheryarn Says:

    It beats cookies while sitting in a parking lot. Actually I think we got home in time for lasagna and garlic bread then later that night my brother made us popcorn and he makes the absolute best popcorn.

  2. Dixie Says:

    Sounds delish! I’m sure it was just as good the next day, and it was only the 2nd day of Christmas. That’s why I love the whole Advent season, we don’t have to squish all the loveliness into one, or even 2 days. Just watched Julie and Julia, thought fondly of you, and giggled with the thought of your midnight suppers. Just pretend you’re a rich Russian during the last of the empire. 😉

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