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Giving thanks for turducken

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, November 22nd, 2007 - 43 comments
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We at The Standard would like to wish our US counterparts a very happy Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Of course we’d hate to think that just because it’s not a traditional holiday here in NZ we should be in any way deterred from eating till we can’t move as is the tradition in the US – gluttony in the interests of international solidarity.

Ordinary old turkey not your thing? Pictured above is a turducken (Link to NYT) – a partially de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken.

The Wikipedia numbers suggest that a single serving (1/12) will provide nearly the entirety of your daily energy requirements – the vast percentage, as you might expect, from fat. You might want to go for a brisk walk afterwards. I’d suggest 150Km.

Three birds not enough for you? Again from Wikipedia, apparently “The largest recorded nested bird roast is 17 birds, attributed to a royal feast in France in the 19th century – a bustard stuffed with a turkey, a goose, a pheasant, a chicken, a duck, a guinea fowl, a teal, a woodcock, a partridge, a plover, a lapwing, a quail, a thrush, a lark, an Ortolan Bunting and a Garden Warbler. The final bird is small enough that it can be stuffed with a single olive”…

Though they’re quick to point out that “This dish probably could not be recreated in the modern era as many of the listed birds are now protected species.”

Quelle dommage!

43 comments on “Giving thanks for turducken ”

  1. Camryn 1

    I can attest that Turducken is quite tasty. I’m in the US. My flat has traditionally hosted a Turducken dinner before Thanksgiving, and we continued the tradition this year. We ordered 2 Turducken (yes, they get Fedexed from Louisiana) and got 3 instead. 50 people turned up with side dishes. There’s a mountain of leftovers.

  2. Patrick 2

    That thing looks so hideous, but I’m sure it is tasty. Don’t think I could handle much of it though! Where abouts in the states are you Camryn? That’s awesome that you can get birds stuffed with other birds Fedexed to you 🙂

  3. Camryn 3

    I’m in California. Getting meat by courier is surely a wonder of the modern age. I probably wouldn’t do it myself, but it was my flatmate who did the ordering.

  4. Gruela 4

    Oh my Flying Spaghetti Monster! I’m off right now to talk to my local butcher about this exciting innovation in meat. I want 3 for the weekend!

  5. Susan Deare 5

    Every time I’ve visited the standard this morning and seen that photo I’ve felt sick. How about someone post another picture of Farrar? Uncooked and unstuffed please. At least then I can reliquish the contents of my belly and stop heaving at the sight of the Turducken.

  6. thomas 6

    What replace one turkey with another?

  7. thomas 7

    maybe the sky’s not falling after all Chicken Licken?
    yesterday and Turducken. today you guys are becoming fowl mouthed

  8. Matthew Pilott 8

    How can you eat anything that begins with “turd”?

  9. Lee C 9

    I only pray that both birds have been executed before the insertion takes place.

    (drum roll)

    Still, I can see how the principle of inserting a turkey into another receptacle is being proudly forwarded by the N Z Government with the EFB being slotted into the Statute Books.

    (cymbal clash)

    start the car…

  10. Matthew Pilott 10

    Bit of a Lame Duck joke there Lee, don’t be a Cock (groans from the audience 😉 )

  11. thomas 11

    I can’t be stuffed to think of anything funny

  12. Matthew Pilott 12

    What thomas, too Chicken?

  13. Nih 13

    Don’t forget pigturducken. This tasty monster has been done and deepfriend.

    And this: http://www.whiteninjacomics.com/comics/trophy.shtml

  14. the sprout 15

    nih, confusing deepfried with deepfriend is funny

  15. thomas 16

    Mat calling me chicken is a basteless accusation

  16. thomas 18

    When I pigturducken my deep friend its very tasty 🙂

  17. Billy 19

    Just checking whether Matthew Pilott and r0b will follow me here.

  18. bill brown 20

    Wow, the past isn’t as interesting as the future!

  19. r0b 21

    Nah Billy, what kind of a sad fool would be that much of a stalker?

  20. Matthew Pilott 22

    I feel like I’m in Doctor Who.

  21. AncientGeek 23

    Sad fools – it is time to partieee…..

  22. Tane 24

    Unfortunately I’m still at work, and starving. Man I could do with a turducken right about now…

  23. AncientGeek 25

    bill: you’re right. It is a bit sparse. And there seem to be a completely different set of people

  24. Phil 26

    “time to partieee”

    nothing show’s your ancient age more than comments like that…


  25. r0b 27

    Unfortunately I’m still at work, and starving.

    Hey me too! Who says we socialists social democrats are lazy eh…

  26. r0b 28

    hmmm – “socialists” was supposed to be struck out, testing

  27. r0b 29

    Lynnn! The strike out tag doesn’t seem to be working.

    G’night all…

  28. Tane 30

    Fixed it for you in edit. Have a good one bro.

  29. r0b 31

    Ta, you too Tane.

  30. lprent 32

    Ummm I tested it

  31. lprent 33


  32. lprent 34

    What are all of these comments in old posts for?

    Oh I see someone found my half finished how-to page

    captcha: and serves
    I don’t believe it.

  33. Billy 35

    My fault, I’m afraid lprent. Sorry.

  34. lprent 36

    Thats ok – how did you find the FAQ page? I was just about to start the how to do links before I got distracted. The format sucks as well – need to make it easier to read.

  35. r0b 37

    The FAQ page is linked from The Standard banner!

    In posts above I used the “s” tag which didn’t work (view source shows no remaining trace of it), Tane did a retro edit to put in a “strike” tag which did work. I’ll test again:

    testing strike tag
    testing s tag

    [lprent: Trying on this page]

  36. lprent 38

    test with s
    test with strike

  37. lprent 39

    both work – don’t forget the / in the tailing tag.

    I’ve been doing it in the standard comment box. No sysop priv’s

  38. r0b 40

    Well then this is peculiar! I don’t forget the / in the tail. Tripple checking all examples below – let’s go:

    testing s tag
    testing s tag again
    testing strike tag

  39. r0b 41

    Nope! Safari 1.3.2 on an ancient mac laptop.

  40. r0b 42

    But I notice that the s tag is now working in my post of 9:59 pm – huh?

  41. lprent 43

    I give in. People who are logged in get a tinymce editor. I’ll add it to the profile page. I’ll extend it it a bit

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