I had a great three-day weekend. I did lots of housework on Friday and Saturday. Of course you could never tell by our home’s current state of messiness. Mark very kindly did the grocery shopping for me on Saturday, while I just went to the butcher shop. I bought some flounder which I plan to cook later this week. Mark mentioned that fresh ducks were on sale at the grocery store, so I actually went back and got one. (The butcher said that they are a temporary item, just in for the Chinese New Year.)
I’ve never made duck before, so I used Alton Brown’s Mighty Duck recipe. The recipe only looks complicated – it’s really not. The only thing I did differently was to add a little Trinidad green seasoning to the original brine. The duck turned out beautifully, with a perfectly crisp skin on the leg/thigh portions. I think the breast could have been seared a little longer since the skin was so thick. The flavor was wonderful – even the kids ate it up quickly and without complaint! Oh yes, there was another substitution I made: we didn’t have chard so we used baby spinach. I wouldn’t recommend it: baby spinach isn’t hardy enough and turns into soup! We served it with plain jasmine rice and sauteed vegetables (mushrooms, broccoli, sugar snap peas, carrots with green onions and garlic. I used a little of the duck fat to saute the veggies – sounds disgusting but it was GREAT!)
I think my next attempt at duck will be a Trinidad curry!! 😀
Ben has been doing great these days. At church he stood up on my lap facing front. Every so often I would dip him forward so that he was almost horizontal and he would laugh out loud! At one time I considered taking him out of the sanctuary because he began cooing happily in a very loud voice, fortunately he didn’t do it for more than 30 seconds or so. He’s such a cheerful little guy when he’s feeling well.
Here he is looking at the mobile in his crib being fed during this evening’s duck preparation. Just before I took this picture he was laughing and cooing at his mobile, but of course stopped when I went to get the video camera!