Duck! Duck! WOW!

Jan 7, 2023 | 0 comments

Frozen Duck Breast Ready For Slicing

It’s probably some sort of sin or at least a serious transgression against the food gods, but nonetheless I want to tell you that my duck dinner tonight was great!  So great, in fact, that I actually shed a few tears that I couldn’t share it with Nyel.  I know for a fact that he would have considered it another “personal best.”

He only used those words in relation to an achievement of mine once, and it had nothing at all to do with food.  He actually said that he was proud of me when I managed to climb up to the balcony house cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park.  “Definitely a personal best!” he said.

Definitely A Personal Best

His comment, of course, was because he knew of my irrational fear of heights — acrophobia in the extreme.  It is difficult for me to even look out a second story window.  But I wanted so much to see how the cliff dwellers had lived…

Well, my dislike of cooking isn’t nearly that extreme.  But you can be sure that when I noticed Nyel, a true foodie, pouring over recipe books and searching for hard-to-find ingredents, I did absolutely nothing to discourage his love affair with all things food-and-kitchen.

When I did make one of my “specialties,” he was always delighted and when I protested that I “couldn’t” cook, he said loud and clear that that wasn’t true.  So the other day, when I was lucky enough to receive two gorgeous breasts from my duck-hunting neighbor for the second time in a month, I decided to give them my “all.”  Once again I followed my Cousin David’s recipe.  But I felt a little bolder this time  AND, thanks to Bob Kelim, my knife was razor sharp for cutting those 1/8″ slices!

Not A Great Presentation – I was too busy eating!

I have to admit, it was a meal even Nyel would have been pleased with.  Oh how I wished he could have shared it with me.  And, yes, a few unbidden tears did flavor a bite or two.

I guess you never know when you will rise to a challenge.  I certainly wouldn’t have guessed food would be involved in anything I would be working at — and it probably won’t be again.  But for today, it was perfect!  A personal best for sure!


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