Friday, February 20, 2009

Wild Goose Chase ...


This post has nothing to do with chicken ... I just miss that crazy chicken head.

Today, I'm on a wild goose chase ... literally. The Diva family had a bit of go-round last December about what to serve for Christmas dinner. I wanted our traditional roast turkey, Mama Diva wanted to serve lasagna, my bro was all over the place and at one point suggested lobster - and Papa Diva? He's the one that started it all. He wanted roast goose. Feh.

Needless to say, my feathers were ruffled. You know how I feel about chicken, but I don't know how I feel about goose. Ultimately, Mama Diva won. Fresh off the heels of her knee replacement, she was still a gimp and gimps trump culinary-wanderlust every time. We had lasagna.

Ever the diplomat, and still a daddy's girl even at my advanced age, I promised Papa Diva a roast goose for his birthday. If we were smart, we would have picked one up at Christmas time and stuck it in the freezer. We didn't. More's the pity - we've been searching far and wide for one ever since. And Papa Diva's birthday has long since passed.

Not one to welsh on a promise, I'm out hunting and foraging today for the elusive goose. Frankly, I'm not even sure what I'll do with it once I find it. I've never cooked a goose. Here's what I do know ... should a goose present itself to me, it will not be the only thing on the menu. I'm covering my bases and will be doing a roast pork as well for good measure ... and for those of us who fear a foul fowl. Failing all of the above, we'll dine out!

Since I'm hedging my bets - have you ever roasted a goose? How did it turn out? Got any tips for me or a recipe to recommend? Frightened Diva wants to know!

Who knows how this little scavenger hunt will turn out? Not I, said that cat. Stay tuned and find out on Monday.

Enjoy the weekend!

11 comments:

words words words said...

I've never made roast goose, but I have a recipe for it from the Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen people. And their recipes are hands down the best I've ever used. They've never steered me wrong. It'll be in your email :)

The Diva on a Diet said...

Wow, WWW, I'm impressed that you have a recipe! I thought for sure I'd be out on my own here. Thank you so much! Now I just need the goose ... the search continues!

Dana McCauley said...

Diva - I have roasted a goose many times - it's yummy stuff! There isn't a lot of meat on a goose though so you may want to do two if you have more than a handful of people to feed.

I have a recipe I developed for a magazine years ago that has a prune stuffing. Let me know if you'd like me to send it to you.

Deb said...

Never roasted the goose but may I suggest taking your search to the net - they sell everything there these days and perhaps some gourmet grocer out there can get your goose so to speak.

Deb

Happy Hunting!

Burp and Slurp~! said...

wow, you're ambitious! I can't wait to see what you come up with...
can you just buy a goose from a farm?

duodishes said...

Can't wait to see this dish!!!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Dana - thank you so much for and, yes, I'd love to have your recipe when you have the time to send it. No hurry though, as you can see from today's post my search was in vain. Hoping for a March date for the Goose Roast!

Deb - I did check a few online sites only to find that goose was "out of season" at the moment. Silly me, I didn't think to check my local online grocer and of course they have it. Duh!

Burp and Slurp - welcome! Silly me, I never though to check with a farm. Good idea, thanks!

Duo - I'm sorry to disappoint! But stay tuned ... we will roast our goose ... soon!

words words words said...

I just had an idea. People are always talking about going on a wild goose chase. Maybe you could join one of those!

pixelgal said...

Mama Diva did not hear anyone lamenting about the lack of a billion dishes to cleanup after Christmas dinner however much they missed the traditional turkey! Goosefest here we come! Guess the knee card won't get me out of trying it this time.

Cheryl A said...

Too bad, I threw one away in the fall. I would have been more than happy to roast it, but I could not deal with the feathers still attached. Not grossed out, just not up to the challenge.

The Diva on a Diet said...

Cheryl A - Wow, you had an actual, fresh goose ... feathers and all?! Amazing. I'm not sure I'm ready for that. I'm not even sure I'm ready for the plucked one! LOL

Welcome and thanks for the comment!