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Smoked Duck Breast and Pretty Blue Flute Fountains — 29 Comments

  1. Katie, Katie, I’m so excited. I love your story about the flute fountains! Do you want to keep them as fountains? Because if you don’t, I might have an answer. Couple of years ago, not in Budapest but in Dallas – much neater in Budapest with stomping sales ladies, I bought a beautiful deeply cut glass wine decanter. Original price was $200, I paid $15 because the cuts were too deep in 3 spots! I dotted the spots with some clear glass glue and now use the decanter often!
    Wish I could try your duck, the smoking sounds perfect.

  2. What a great story! We were in Budapest about 1 1/2yrs ago and I saw an absolutely lovely set of champagne flutes that I am still pining over today. But they wanted almost 45€ for 4 flutes, so there was no way I could justify the price…

  3. What a great story, but so sad about the flutes. I hope you can patch them up as Wendy suggested.
    That smoked duck looks mouthwatering!

  4. Wendy, but the ARE pretty!
    Tanna, that’s GREAT! I’ll get mon mari to get right on that… How fun! Maybe we can use them…. The smoking was soooo easy! And they’ve been fountains long enough – they can graduate – fulfill their destiny….
    Sam, I will admit – these were pretty cheap – but, then so was everything else at that time. Not any more!
    Jeni, we’ll try the patch! The duck was good..we’ll do again!

  5. Katie…I’m in awe of your….breasts…duck breasts that is! lol
    They look delicious and I’d take an hour to eat it slowly!

  6. Katie, I loved the story of your flutes. They are beautiful to look at, and perhaps that should be their only purpose. Your duck breasts look amazing, I can’t find duck breasts here and I am so envious!

  7. Love the smoked duck breasts. I really love your Budapest story. It seems that you have quite a few very well written stories under your belt and I’m sure many more that haven’t yet been written. Is there a book here?

  8. Katie – I’m chiming in with the others – LOVED the story of your flutes! And what a great thing that there’s actually a patch for them – they are beautiful! Certainly worth a try…
    As for the duck breasts – wow! I don’t have a smoker. Tant pis! I would adore these, I’m sure! (And also love your recipe for stuffed mushrooms!)

  9. Katie, where’s your peach dish for my AFAM-Peach event girl?? I’m waiting for it…I hope you are plannig to send in something!!

  10. How funny that the flutes turned out to be fountains! Great story, and Tanna might be on to something there!

  11. Uh, thanks, Peter… We even saved a nibble for the next day – barely…
    Pam, they go along witht the foie gras… they’re wonderful and I love it when I can get them on sale… Yes, decorative flutes!
    Christine, how do they say “from your lips….! Thank you, you are sweet to say it!
    Toni, I did a post ages ago on how to make a smoked from a cardboard box..hahaha I gave mon mari the patching task!
    Mansi, I know, I know, but my peaches were all done 2 months ago! It’s the wrong season…let me see what I have.. I’m thinking….
    Kalyn, I bought the red ones as a wedding gift – never did here how they were… Hmmm!

  12. Okay, I’m almost laughing too hard to finish reading this post! What a disappointment, after all of that, to end up with leaking flutes — but it is a great story. Oh well, at least you have this wonderful smoked duck!

  13. Katie–you are too kind! I’m glad you liked the paprikash story and cannot wait to hear about your version very soon. As for the Budapest experience…ours was also very interesting, albeit much more recent. Not the most inviting people, and I even shared some choice Hungarian with them 😉 Go figure.

  14. Katie, love how the duck sounds… divine! Large mushrooms are also easy to find (and affordable) in here, I know what I will make tonight 😀
    Now finally know this type of glass art is from Hungarian, used to admire them! Know nothing about this country, except from the movie Music Box… and your blog 🙂

  15. Thanks, Aminah, happy to be of service….
    Lydia, When the champaign came squirting out I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry…I laughed!
    Lindsay, it’s the only country I’ve visited where I leaned NONE of the language – not even ‘Where’s the loo?’
    Gattina, I’ve always loved their crystal – now as something decorative. Spain has great mushrooms – the old folks used to line the road out of Andorra, selling the days find. I loved it!

  16. Oh dear! What a great story about your fountains… oh I mean champagne flutes. Also, smoked duck breast, yummo! What was your method to smoke the duck breast? Of course, I would have kept the layer of duck fat on there, so I could “chew the fat”.

  17. Katie, I loved your story and I know you want to use the fountain glasses. Hope you can find a way to get them repaired!
    The duck looks awesome! We have been in a duck mood here also. We had them last week, but I never thought about smoking them. We are going to try this!

  18. I was in a shop the other day, at a long counter waiting to be served and the assistant was miffed that I was somehow standing in the wrong spot! No sign or anything, I was supposed to know. Great to see you can fix your fountains.

  19. Looks like a delicious dish. I haven’t had duck in the longest time, so that looks really rich right about now.
    And that salesperson sounds like a real piece of work…fortunately, I can’t say I’ve shared in that experience.

  20. Lannae, we just put it in the smoker, naked, and let it smoke for 2 hours, slowly, low heat. Easy peasy!
    Amanda, I think she found the fix! The duck was wonderful!
    Deb, I love it when we can find the duck on sale – it ranges from cheap to very expensive, depending on the time of year…something to do with the foie gras, I’m sure – same ducks
    Neil, one can’t be too careful! I’ve been totally ignored for not standing in the right spot… very important stuff!
    Mike, early Soviet block mentality is a hard nut to crack…I’ve run into it more than once.

  21. Somehow I pictured you laughing when your flutes turned into fountains.
    You’d think where I live, which is the second largest state in duck production in the U.S., and where you can’t drive by a body of water that isn’t crowded with wild ones, that I’d be able to find duck SOMEwhere. Nope. It’s even tough to find in my network of organic farmers. Sometimes I think I should just go hunting with my car…

  22. Trace, our duck breasts come from the ducks raised for foie gras… they have to do something with the rest! The legs go into confit.
    Maggie, they really are a pretty color…I shine them regularly hahaha

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