An invitation was extended by some friends to attend a backyard BBQ over the past weekend. It was an opportunity to celebrate a birthday, meet new friends, and conversate with like-minded individuals about food and music. The landscape was not of a typical backyard in Uptown New Orleans. Ducks of all ages, and a few different breeds were spread throughout the yard. The ducks are mainly for producing eggs, and if you have never had a duck egg...amazing. The ducks were accompanied by a few dogs, and some vegetables, all co-mingling in a unique backyard ecosystem.
On the menu for the evening was a cornucopia of thoughtful fare. Everything was made at home, imagine...homemade. Tuscan chicken sausage with feta, grilled peppers, and arugula was a symphony on the palate, one could almost feel the Italian sun shine when the bite was completed. Different spiced pancettas were ready to be tasted, after the belly had made friends with its spiced companions. My favorite was the absinthe-herb flavored pancetta. Anise and pork have been mates for a while, and when they get together, my affinity only grows deeper. To be honest, I should have taken notes and more pictures. Even the soap was homemade, from animal fat, lye, and rosemary. Yes, soap comes from fat, remember Fight Club?
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