Sep 15th, 2012 by Jennifer Lynn
Just to be forewarned—we quashed the budget this weekend. Something akin to over a hundred dollars, obliterated. A peek at our spoils unveiled a few monstrosities.
Our budget was blown on:
* A penchant for pricey and delicious Oktoberfest brews.
* Accumulation of necessary ingredients for a ‘finer dining’ type of meal experience.
* And, entertainment for guests dropping by our apartment one evening from out-of-town.
Off-budget, and I totally blame the duck.
He sparked such a festive mood in us.
M. and I bought our duck locally at the organic Farmers Market. After we trussed, de-quilled, and placed him in a pan for a few hours to roast, our bird was smothered with a honeyed-molasses glaze and crisped to a deep mahogany. Wild rice pilaf and copious fall brews ensued (including one IPA, aged in oak cask, which was splendid and completely knocked my socks off).
We were off-budget but it felt gratifying to embrace our bursting tummies and just relax in a cosy atmosphere, blithely enjoying our rare-but-savory spread with good company.
Tomorrow, we head out to the countryside in the early morning to pick wild grapes and apples for pressing and wine-making.
So there you have it.
I was naughty but now that we’ve had our fun, note to self: it’s time to get back on financial track, bee-yotch.