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Roast Duck with Roast Sweet Potatoes *& 2 pasta sauces* (Serves 4)

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Okay.  Seeing as I haven’t done a proper recipe for quite some time, I’ve decided to do this extra detailed one with illustrations 🙂

What you need:

[For the duck]

  • 2 pieces of duck breasts
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp honey

[For the pasta sauce]

  • 6 large tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 pack chestnut mushrooms
  • 1 onion
  • plenty of olive oil

What you do:

  1. I would definitely start with the duck first as it takes much longer to cook. First score the duck breasts, diamond patterned — remember NOT to cut through to the meat as this will make the duck dry out easily.
  2. Season the duck with salt and pepper on both sides.  Make a marinade with the soy sauce, vinegar and honey and rub it into the duck breasts.
  3. While you let the duck sit in the marinade for a bit, cut up the sweet potato into medium-sized chunks and boil for about 8-10 minutes or until they are just cooked (poke a piece with a skewer and it should have no resistance but make sure the chunks aren’t crumbling)
  4. Preheat the oven to about 200C.  In the meantime, heat up a little olive oil in a griddle pan and sear the duck breasts skin-side down first then the other side.  I would say it takes about 1-2 min on the skin side and a little less on the other side, until golden brown.
  5. Place the duck breasts into a lined baking tray. At this point they should be just cooked on the outside but still tender to the touch, like this:
  6. Place the cooked sweet potato chunks into the baking tray and drizzle over the duck fat from the griddle pan to give it flavour and crispness, and chuck it into the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
  7. Next move on to the pasta sauces.  Dice the onion and tomatoes.
  8. In a large saucepan, sauté the diced onion in about 100mL olive oil (about 2cm deep in my saucepan).  Add in the diced tomatoes.  Season well and add in the tomato purée.  Let it simmer until it thickens.
  9. Next slice the mushrooms thinly and sautée in olive oil, seasoning well.
  10. Take the duck out of the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes.  Slice thinly (about 1 inch) and serve.
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Special Request: Lemon Chicken [Serves 2]

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Anyone who has experienced ordering food from a Chinese takeaway would probably have at some point in their lives ordered Lemon Chicken (unless of course you are a vegetarian).  However, as you may be aware, takeaways are not the healthiest option so I have decided to put up my recipe for this all-time favourite

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of mini chicken breast fillets (or 1 chicken breast each, depending how big your appetite is)
  • Cornflour
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • 1 egg
  • Dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • White sugar (it really depends on how sweet/sour you want it to be, I used about 5 tbsp)
  • 250mL chicken stock

Method:

  1. Cut the chicken up into one-inch long pieces (I find that this size cooks faster so you won’t have to be worried about undercooked chicken!).
  2. Pour over some dark soy sauce, just enough to make sure all the pieces get some soy sauce on them.  Add in the sesame oil.  Let this sit aside while you prepare the other ingredients.
  3. On a large plate, or flat work surface, pour quite a bit of cornflour and mix in a pinch of white pepper.  In another bowl, beat the egg.
  4. Heat up about 2-3 inches of oil in a deep saucepan until it is smoking.
  5. Shake off excess marinade from a piece of chicken and dip first in egg then cornflour, before frying in the oil.  Repeat for all the chicken pieces.  Turn over after a minute or until the pieces are golden brown.  As they are fairly small pieces, they should cook quickly.
  6. Once the chicken has been cooked, drain and set aside.
  7. In a large pan, heat up the lemon juice, chicken stock and the sugar and bring it to a simmer.  Cook until reduced and sticky.  Pour over chicken and serve.

Enjoy!