Ani’s Advent Calendar 2018! Talking Turkey with D. Wallace Peach

I always hate this bit. With all the nice things to eat that you two-legses will be making for Christmas, and the whole spirit of sharing, Christmas can be a wonderful time for pets. Trouble is, most of the things we would like to eat, we can’t. Or, if we can, we can’t have anywhere near as much as we would like.

Take turkey, for instance. Really nice…and good for us too… but only if you cook it without anything added… no oils, butter, and definitely no stuffing…and we shouldn’t have much at once either. (We won’t mention the ‘borrowed’ turkey episode…)

Chocolate. We almost all love chocolate. Not allowed. No nuts. No fruitcake or mince pies. Nothing with onions. No gorgeous, greasy sausages and bacon. We shouldn’t really have ham either, becuse it is salty. (We won’t mention the ‘borrowed’ ham episode either…).

And, in the interests of interspecies cooperation (and if I can’t have stuff, I don’t see why a cat should) I feel obliged to mention that all those things dogs shouldn’t have? Cats can’t have them either.

Mind you, I imagine their are a few of my four-legged and feathered friends around who just wish we would all go vegetarian about now…

Talking Turkey

D. Wallace Peach

While the old birds shopped for Christmas presents, Felix and Mort made their annual Black Friday visit to the local tavern to plan Christmas dinner. They’d taken charge of the cooking years ago, and ever since the first year – when they’d admittedly ruffled a few feathers – the girls happily left them to it.

They poured over recipes and shared reviews while Phil, the barkeep, kept the bourbon flowing. Felix spread out his clippings and arranged them into piles. “Time to talk turkey.”

Phil leaned on the bar. “Having turkey this year?”

“Goodness no!” Mort shook his head so hard his chin wobbled. “Goose! We always recommend goose.”

Phil raised an eyebrow. “What about Christmas traditions?”

“I’ll have you know, goose has a very long history,” Felix said and searched for the magazine article. “All the way back to the ancient Egyptians. Did you know that Marco Polo reported seeing geese in China? And Queen Elizabeth ordered that goose be served every Michaelmas in honor of her victory over the Spanish Armada.”

“But what about Ben Franklin?” the barkeep pointed out. “He was a big fan of turkey.”

“A turkey if there ever was one.” The two cooks laughed. “He should have stopped at electricity.”

“Nothing beats goose,” Mort said. “Goose fat has a far better flavor than peanut oil. Some people even save it for cooking. Did you know you can buy pure goose fat on Amazon?”

Phil shook his head. “My wife hates all the grease.”

“Aah…” Felix said, taking Phil under his wing. “But everything about roasted goose tops turkey. The skin is crispy. A goose is juicier than a turkey, and its dark, succulent flesh has a distinctive rich flavor all of its own, with just the right amount of gaminess. Most importantly, the meat isn’t dry; it flakes off the bone.”

Mort’s beady eyes turned dreamy. “Alongside the golden goose, I’m thinking airy potato dumplings, red cabbage, and a baked apple with lingonberries. And apple-sausage stuffing.”

“And liver paté,” Felix added, waving a recipe like a flag.

Mort started sifting through the piles. “Shredded confit! Or we can pack the meat into pastries for deep-fried goose spring rolls.”

Phil replenished their bourbon and slid a recipe from the pile nearest him. “Goose crown pink with celeriac and cranberries. I don’t even know what that means, but it sounds good.”

Felix sighed. “We need to make a decision and get our ducks in a row. How about classic orange and thyme-scented goose? With all Mort’s fixings.”

“Sounds perfect.” Mort beamed. “We should slow-roast for 4-5 hours at 120C. We’ll still get crispy skin, but the breast will stay tender. Then for the last half hour, we’ll turn the temperature up to 220C.”

“You’ve convinced me,” Phil said, topping off their glasses. “I’m trying goose this year.”

“Your wife will love it.” Felix grinned and swayed on his perch. “Oh, my. I’m feeling loose as a goose!” He rested a wing on the bar, holding himself up.

Phil helped them gather up their recipes. “Time for you two turkeys to head home or your gals are going to cook your gooses.”

With a laugh, the two strutted from the bar, waddles wagging and tail feathers fanned. “We did it,” Felix chortled. “Another successful convert.”

“It was easy.” Mort danced a little turkey trot. “He was a sitting duck.”

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About the author

D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains with her husband, two dogs, and Pinky the Cat.

Find all Diana’s books on Amazon

The Rose Shield Tetralogy:

Catling’s Bane

Oathbreakers’ Guild

Farlanders’ Law

Kari’s Reckoning

An Invitation from the Small Dog

If you would like to help Ani make her advent calendar this year, send your letters to Santa, festive memories, short stories, flash fiction or poems to the Small Dog. She will post them every day through December until Christmas…and there are still spaces left!

She would especially like to hear from her four-legged or feathered friends (she has a special place very close to her heart for turkeys)… but she says that two-legs are better than none, so she will accept submissions from humans too (and even no-legs if there is the odd literary snake out there…). To get in touch, please use the form on the contact page or email Ani at

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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63 Responses to Ani’s Advent Calendar 2018! Talking Turkey with D. Wallace Peach

  1. Ritu says:

    You know is what Ani, every day, the little two legses get excited about this box… With chocolate in…
    So I join in… And my mummy two legs gets a box for me! I don’t think it’s chocolate… But whatever I get to eat… It is Yum!!!

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  2. I always think the thing where they won’t give us a lot of what they eat isn’t fair. To make matters worse, Mummy is a vegetarian, so she doesn’t even have any meat. I tried telling them that should mean more for me, but they just won’t listen. Lots of licks, Lilie

    P.S. me and Mummy liked the story. Though Mummy now kind of feels sorry for the geese, because she’s like that.

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  3. Thanks so much, Ani and Sue for sharing my story, and for the update on foods that aren’t healthy for pups. Honey and Lulu are going to have to stick with turkey and skip the dessert! 🙂


  4. Reblogged this on Myths of the Mirror and commented:
    I’m fowling around with Ani and her four-legged, Sue Vincent, today with a short story called Talking Turkey. Ani also shares some tips on foods that aren’t safe for dogs. 🙂 Hope to see you there.

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  5. Darlene says:

    LOL! A cute story. So much we can’t give our fur babies. I didn’t know about the yeast products like bread.

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  6. trentpmcd says:

    I have never eaten goose. But then, Mort and Felix are safe from me as I don’t eat turkey either. Funny story. I like all of the side bird references…

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  7. A delightful tale Diana, thanks for the heads up on what not to give doggie. ♥️

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  8. This was wonderful. I knew a lot of these rules but not all. Last night, my dog ate my salmon dinner (well, I dropped it and he swallowed it before it even hit the floor). I didn’t know dogs liked salmon.

    Fun, Diana!

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  9. Clever way of educating us about what dogs can and can’t eat. And I love the goose tale. You might have another convert!

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  10. You made me laugh, Diana. And now my mouth is watering for a full course Christmas goose dinner! I had a bunch of turkeys 🦃 in my backyard yesterday. I couldn’t quite make out what they were ‘waving like a flag.’ But now I know it was a recipe for goose liver pate.

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  11. Jina Bazzar says:

    hmmmm. that made me hungry.

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  12. Very funny and clever Diana! I can really imagine the different birds trying to convert meat eaters to any other bird except them – even the animals could join in that bandwagon 🙂

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    • Thanks for reading, Pauline. I had a lot of fun with this story – popping all the cliches in there. Mort and Felix might have convinced a few people to try goose this year, but I heard the geese are recommending duck. 😀 Have a great week, my friend, and sorry for the late reply – this one slipped by me. ❤

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  13. I made the mistake of feeding my little Mexican chihuahua grapes- he loved them. It wasn’t until after he passed away that I learned how dangerous this was. Now, my pets get their food only, safer that way.

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  14. Cute story with great tips on what not to feed those fur babies… ::0 Sharing!

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  15. Diana, I’m hungry now and smiling…what a lovely tale, thank you to Ani and her Advent calendar, I enjoyed the read!

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  16. balroop2013 says:

    Talking turkeys are so cute! Thanks for sharing their story, so different!

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    • Thank you for stopping by, Balroop. The old turkeys are rather enthusiastic about cooking a Christmas goose! I’m glad you enjoyed the story. 🙂 It’s been a pleasure to be here helping Ani celebrate the season. Have a lovely day, my friend. ❤

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  17. LOL! What a great story, Diana! And I didn’t realize there were so many ways to cook goose (even if the ideas came from turkeys 😀 ) Fun!

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  18. What a delight! I loved Diana’s story — and Ani’s part of the post was marvelous too. Hugs on the wing!

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  19. Widdershins says:

    Hah! 😀 … brilliant story! 😀

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  20. dgkaye says:

    Loved Diana’s story. And loved your infogram Ani, on what not to feed you. ❤ Hugs everyone!

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  21. Jennie says:

    Loved the Story, Diana!

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  22. Thanks, Jennie. I appreciate the visit. Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Holidays. 🙂

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  23. Teri Polen says:

    When I was growing up, my mom had a dog who loved M&Ms – she gave then to him every day. That was before the days of internet and warnings about not giving dogs chocolate. It’s a wonder Trapper lived as long as he did. Cute story, Diana – the turkeys thank you!

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