Duck Duck Goose

If you have had an eye on Flickr, you know that I've been doing a lot of cooking and hosting on the weekends. Blame part of it on Julia. Also blame her for reviving my occasional irrational yen to move to Paris, despite my incomprehensible French (and my total inability to understand Parisians when they speak it), bleak employment prospects, and Chris' sort of lifelong Francophobia, which began with some awful presentation he had to give on Le Petit Prince in high school.

Partially though, I attribute this renewed interest in cuisine to the urge to craft. At times I need quicker fixes than knitting. (Or maybe I'm just looking for more debaucherous fixes). Also food is a gift easily shared with others, and it brings people together. Knitting, while it is often a smashing group activity, is less universal and inevitably involves more solitary time. Anyway, fun times were had both in preparation and consumption. Voilà!

bibb (boston) lettuce salad main course. jimmy z. gets lured to brooklyn (again)

The Menu:
Bibb Lettuce Salad (I finally bought the Bouchon cookbook)
Seared Rainbow Chard with Leeks
Tagliatelle with Duck Ragù
Banana Pudding Parfaits

For process photos (including a few good shots of rendering duck breast, sliced duck breast, and pure unadulterated duck fat!), some observations on the recipes and other shots of our gathering, click here!

banana pudding gang demands your respect.

Also, Forecast should be done blocking today. I need to find some suitable buttons, then she'll be wearable, just in time for warmer weather. Those of you who were wondering when spring would arrive, know that the universe was just awaiting the completion of my heavy wooly cardigan. On a technical note, I expected the yarn to bleed in the bath, but it didn't. Moreover, it softened up considerably on washing. Catty approves!

catty bliss
Posted by jess at March 31, 2008 8:11 AM | TrackBack

I went through the cooking photos at flickr - delicious! It all looks fantastic. I also can't wait to see Forecast finished -- it looks great (I love that color of Beaverslide!).

Posted by: jess at March 31, 2008 11:08 AM

wow wee zowie that looks yummy!!! It looks great both the food and the forecast!

Posted by: Peacock Chic at March 31, 2008 11:11 AM

I often do wonder why people are so convinced about the quality of French cuisine. I live in Belgium and I often here that - beside the really great cooks - French cuisine isn't that great. So maybe you could move to Belgium? Great kitchen, really! :D

(By the way, I'm very far from an expert in cooking/haute cuisine/restaurants, It's just from what I hear from people who do say they know something about it, or maybe it's just Belgians being proud ...)

Love your forecast!

Posted by: Emily at March 31, 2008 11:31 AM

oooooh, i have a feeling forecast is going to be a winner! can't wait to see it on!

Posted by: gleek at March 31, 2008 11:47 AM

The duck ragu sounds and looks delicious. I haven't worked up the nerve to try cooking duck yet... Forecast looks great. Glad to hear it softened up!

Posted by: An Abundance of Lisa at March 31, 2008 12:55 PM

Yum!! Looks sooo delicious. I like the warm light you got in your photos, too. Parfaits are one of my favorite desserts. :o)

Posted by: Julia at March 31, 2008 1:15 PM

Yes, ze cooking is much more instantly gratifying.. and widely "shareable" with others. Yum!!

Posted by: yaiAnn at March 31, 2008 1:27 PM

I have to chuckle at the cat....mine does that too...I can't leave any knitting flat like that anywhere... I have been pressing all my knits to block them, it is safer.

Posted by: raina at March 31, 2008 4:13 PM

Yum! Congrats on finishing forecast, how great it is that the yarn softened so much - can't wait to see it modeled.

Posted by: schrodinger at April 1, 2008 10:01 PM

What an amazing menu! Delicious! The forcast looks awesome too, can't wait to see it on!

Posted by: sabrina hirsch at April 5, 2008 1:41 PM

Let me second the vote for Belgian cuisine...nummy everywhere you go.

Posted by: karen at April 5, 2008 9:55 PM

I couldn't agree more about the relationship between cooking and crafting. Just like knitting, cooking is about the creation of something with your hands, and your time, and that makes it so precious (and so fun!) to share with people. Especially those who really appreciate it.

I have that duck recipe bookmarked -- was it fantastic?

Posted by: Sarah at May 15, 2008 5:20 PM
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