The last year it has been a rare day that I have access to a good kitchen, a decent supermarket, and the time and inclination to actually cook. However, I am trying to get back into the habit, taking those moments when I can, such as today!
My standard summer lunch is a variation of this: Salad & protein – be it fish (salmon is my favourite), chicken, beef (lettuce burgers I really do love) or as was today the case, duck! It is simple, gets me my veggies, and if you add the right ingredients, very tasty!
Today took about 30min, I used my favourite (because it is very simple!) recipe for Duck which is this:
- Turn the oven on to 180 degrees, and have a pan ready to put the duck into! I always forget this step!!
- Take the duck breast, lay it skin side up, score the skin with a sharp knife in a diamond pattern, then rub with salt and pepper.
- Put the duck breast skin side down in a cold pan, and turn the heat up high (this seems to crispen the skin but also drain off a lot of the excess fat).
- Turn it over only when the skin is brown and crispy, making sure you season the non skin side with some salt & pepper before you flip it. Turn heat down to medium and cook there for about 3 minutes.
- Then transfer to the oven dish and put it in the oven – Skin side up (important unless you want gooey skin), for about 10 minutes, sometimes 8 is enough.. Depends how pink you want it in the middle.
- Then rest the breast for 10min, before cutting it down those same diagonal line into nice little slices. Mmmmm.
- While waiting if you collect the baking juices into a frying pan, add a little red wind and just boil it off for a bit, gives you a very tasty red wine drizzle to go over the top!
While the duck is cooking in the oven you can cut your salad or what ever else you want on the side…
My usual is some sort of greenery, spinach/rocket/anything green, with some cucumber, tomato, capsicum and avocado.
Drizzle some olive oil over the top followed by a little lemon juice, then some salt and pepper. Or balsamic vinegar if you want that type of taste instead 🙂
Extras can include mozzarella, goats cheese, some nuts or seeds, you can get pretty creative with salads if you want to!