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Dead Duck Day

6 Jun

Holidays are strange things – often they are celebrations of odd and even morbid events from the past. Dead Duck day is no exception. The birth place of this holiday is Rotterdam where the original dead duck was “enjoyed”. The whole Ig Noble prize winning story behind this holiday is described in the video below. Be forewarned, it contains talk of homosexual necrophilia amongst ducks.

So after watching the video I know you are eager to make this day your own. I did by taking a trip to The Mandarin Garden in nearby Willow Grove, Pa for a meal of Crispy Duck with a goji berry sauce..

duckThoroughly enjoyable, although not in the same fashion as the Rotterdam duck.


Or maybe you like to do it yourself. Get down and ducky in your own kitchen. Here’s a recipe that will suit your needs. From the Gas Cookery Book published by the Hong Kong and China Gas Co., Ltd. (1966) – so you know it’s going to be a real treat. I’ve taken the liberty of copying the page as I think it’s nifty having the English and Chinese versions side by side.

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What next on this grand occasion? A drink you say? What’s better to wash down your duck dinner than with a Fuzzy Duck cocktail? It’s make you feel all kinds of fuzzy.

Fuzzy Duck

1 oz Malibu coconut Rum
1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 oz brandy


Pour all ingredients into an old-fashioned glass 1/4 filled with ice cubes. Stir well, and serve.
(from drinksmixer.com)
And while you’re sipping, relax and enjoy the Homosexual Necrophiliac Duck Opera
Still not enough duck for you? Well what could be better to top the holiday off than a delicious slice of dead duck cake?
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All the credit for this cake goes to njkitchenangel on the Wilton Discussion forum
Happy Dead Duck Day!!!
Update: This year’s Dead Duck Day Message was by Linda Lombardi, author of Animals Behaving Badly year’s dead duck message.  Her acknowledgement of the importance of dinner is both endearing commendable.