Je mange bien tous les jours ……a further episode in which the duck gets it.

Duck Family portrait on the mantlepiece

Duck Family portrait on the mantlepiece

Being born a duck is amongst the shortest straws to be drawn in the creation stakes. There you are, a handsome beast, or babe, with a cool beak, great coloured feathers, top swimmer, ace diver and aerobatic ace:  but, and it’s a big but, the butt of many a  joke known to man unkind. From the classic one word joke “D-u-u-u-ck” to “I suppose a duck’s out of the question” the disrespect for duckdom is ubiquitous, or all over the ducking place. When Donald was staying at the Chateau Marmont, with Minnie Mouse, he asked room service for some condoms to be brought up to the room. As he took them from the porter he was astounded by the vile, duckist jibe “Shall I put them on your bill, Sir?” It’s no wonder that ducks are wild.week 6_0001week 6_0002week 6_0003week 6_0004week 6_0005week 6_0006

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Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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29 Responses to Je mange bien tous les jours ……a further episode in which the duck gets it.

  1. Love that picture and the recipes. The celeriac puree with poached eggs sounds very good to me.

  2. Ducks are safe with me, Roger. I wish I liked th, but alas I do not. Perhaps I have not had one properly prepared.

  3. Poor old ducks….love them to look at but even better to eat! Great recipes again and am still sniggering like a schoolgirl at the joke (the oldies are the best) 😉

  4. Love the family portrait! When my husband and I were visiting France I think we ordered duck at least once every day of the trip! So delicious!!

    • Good move. It’s so delicious when properly done. I love roast duck with green olives. Next time you’re in Paris, go to the old school restaurant ” Chez Allard” and order it there. The restaurant seems a bit eccentric ( maybe it’s had a facelift) but the food is wonderful. Roast pigeon and peas is good there too:)

  5. Mad Dog says:

    I love ducks and always take good care of them 😉

  6. Michelle says:

    What a lovely portrait.

  7. The stuffed chicken breasts sound like a good idea to make for Sunday’s lunch.

  8. cecilia says:

    I am sorry, I have to go back and look again, where are the roast potatoes in duck fat!? Nothing beats the crispy duck fat roast spud! c

  9. ChgoJohn says:

    I’ve seen many portraits over the years but I must say that this is the first that made me salivate. It’s a testament to your skills in portraiture, Roger.

  10. Eha says:

    Mmhh: there is something rotten in the state of Denmark here or I had too much wine with Sunday lunch! This morning’s pics do not equate with this afternoon’s menus!! Oh, the salmon with ginger and dill, please! Haven’t ever used both at once 🙂 !

  11. Your sense of humor quacks me up (sorry, that was rather pathetic), it’s all I have this late at night. Love your family photo.. and the stack of recipes:) xx

  12. Tandy says:

    Wish we could get duck here as easily as we can overseas!

  13. Having kept ducks and seen their behaviour, I think they cope quite well with the jibes and disadvantages. I love the pine nut stuffing idea for wild duck. When I was young my father used to shoot them, but we don’t see wild ones here, just the fat but delicious south-west France ones….pine nuts might do well with them too, I think.

    • No doubt about it, they would. We have a little flock of wild ducks living on the pond in the field next to our house. Nobody hunts them, which is amazing around here, and they give us the most wonderful formation flying displays:)

  14. Quacking post, Roger.
    *Cough*. Sorry.

  15. Karen says:

    Oeufs a la neige are one of my favorite desserts…I’m happy to have this simple recipe.

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