My daughter likes to feed them. So mostly in the evening we will visit that pond, so that Nidhi can feed them. Last time she was brave and ended up getting bitten while feeding the ducks by her hand. So this time she was more cautious, she started giving one or two pop corn to duck, as she was giving several ducks started coming towards her for food.
All of a sudden few villain ducks started attacking those ducklings, one even got severe bitten. That one turned upside down. We felt so sad, so hubby went there and carried the injured duckling in his hand. After few minutes, duckling started to lift his/her head, so hubby left him /her with mom. Mom came and inspected and told something in her language and started to move on. Other ducklings followed her, while this injured one also started following mother; all of a sudden he/she fell in the water and even made lot of noise to get attention of mother. However, the mother duck moved on to other part of pond with her 11 duckling. This one struggled and swam for few minutes after that I was not able to find her or him.
Nidhi, hubby and I got upset, hubby told me, and we have to come tomorrow to see if he or she survived. I told him, if there are 12 ducklings, then it survived otherwise it has died. Nidhi was asking me while returning home, why mommy duck is not taking care of the injured one? I told her I don’t know. But in the mind I thought she has to take this drastic step. May be mommy duck want to protect the rest of her brood, so that she won’t lose any more. Next day we went back again, mommy duck has only 11 ducklings, the one who got injured the day before had died. That is Mother Nature; even mother duck can’t save her duckling.
- 1 Tablespoon very cold water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2cup+ 1/8cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- Half of 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoon (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into
To make the dough by hand, in a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and salt. Using a pastry cutter or 2 knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with butter pieces no larger than small peas. Add the water-vanilla mixture and mix with a fork just until the dough pulls together.
To make the dough in a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater, stir together the flour, sugar and salt in the mixer bowl. Add the butter and beat on medium-low speed until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with butter pieces no larger than small peas. Add the water-vanilla mixture and beat just until the dough pulls together.
Transfer the dough to a work surface, pat into a ball and flatten into a disk. Use the dough immediately, or wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled, about 30 minutes.
To roll out the dough, on a lightly floured board, flatten the disk with 6 to 8 gentle taps of the rolling pin. Lift the dough and give it a quarter turn. Lightly dust the top of the dough or the rolling pin with flour as needed, and then roll out until the dough is about 1/8 inch thick. Use a small, sharp knife to cut out a round or rounds 2 inches greater in diameter than your tart or larger tartlet pans. Use a small, sharp knife or a cookie cutter to cut out rounds 1/2 to 1 inch greater in diameter than your miniature tartlet pans. This recipe makes three 4 inch tartlets.
Make-Ahead Tip: The tart dough may be made ahead and frozen for up to 1 month. To freeze, place the dough round on a 12-inch cardboard circle and wrap it well with plastic wrap. Alternatively, use the round to line a tart pan and wrap well.