A cat, a pan, a canard, a plan

I'm sure you've all had moments like this, where you find yourself making duck l'orange for a cat even though the cat's vegetarian owner won't eat it.

It wasn't just any night, of course.  It was professor M's alpha cat's birthday.  Cat I was turning 15, which is pretty venerable for a cat, not that she looks a day over ten.  She's on a special diet and likes nothing more than duck.

So I bought some organic free range duck breast fillets from the freezer case at Whole Foods and whipped up a citrusy marinade.  I scored the skin and put the duck breasts skin side down in a pan of hot oil for five minutes or so, then turned them over for a bit and after pouring off most of the grease, transferred the pan to a 400 degree oven to finish.  Meanwhile, I reduced the marinade to a sauce and prof. M grilled up some vegetables.  (Note that when cooking for cats, you should reduce or eliminate onions and garlic, among other human foods that are bad for felines. In this case I served the cat the duck meat but not the sauce)  As soon as I started cooking, the cats perked up - living in a vegetarian household, they had probably never smelled such a thing.

Another citrusy canard Come and get it!

I plated one serving for myself and carefully diced up the other into two portions for the birthday cat and her younger housemate.  Secondary cat E sniffed his portion and wandered off.  He's all about the processed food.  Cat I inhaled her portion and proceeded to gobble most of E's as well.  I estimate on a body weight equivalence basis, her meal was akin to an average woman eating nearly 7 pounds of duck.

Duck l'orange; cat l'calico Hey, are you going to eat the rest of that?

I hope she'll be able to go back to canned food.

1 Response

  1. First off, I say there is nothing wrong with spoiling the feline members of our community every now and again, and if it involves a culinary endeavor now and again, so be it. And with a fuzzy little face like that, I'd say it's hard not to spoil her. Also, I LOVE the juxtaposition of the two pics up top-- the human plate and the kitty plate. I mean, BOTH were prepared with such obvious love and care, it's almost hard to tell them apart, except that I happen to know cats don't eat zucchini. It's so sweet. Professor M and Cat I are very lucky. Cat E missed out. He can hang with my kitty, Cat C, and have ice cream. Not that I buy my cat ice cream.

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