Stilton baked vegetables with duck and oven fries

Stilton baked vegetables

Last week was so manic I feel as if I never quite stopped. Do you every have that feeling? Once my head hit the pillow I slept like a log until the alarm went of the next day and it was time to do it all over again! I seemed to add to my own … Continue reading

Smoked duck breast with a rhubarb vinaigrette

smoked duck breast with rhubarb vinaigrette

We had planned a barbecue the other day using the smoker. We seem to have stocked up on meat and veg but I couldn’t resist getting a duck breast as well. It tastes so good when smoked and it goes so well with the rhubarb.   A duck breast is ideal for the smoker. It doesn’t … Continue reading

A perfect day for a smoking barbecue

smoked pork belly, duck breast and beef ribs

Sunshine, hot weather and a long weekend is an invite to a barbecue. I spoke to my friend and we decided to fire up the smoker. We had a bit of a brainstorming over a pint in the pub and the first vegetable that came up was onions and beetroots. We didn’t stop at the … Continue reading

Chinese crispy duck with homemade pancakes

Crispy duck

It wasn’t until I moved to the UK that I discovered crispy duck. I can’t remember duck being readily available when I grew up but it could have been something my parents didn’t cook, or eat. Duck is very common in the UK and crispy duck in the Chinese restaurant is a classic. Shredded crispy … Continue reading

Smoked breast of duck with nectarine carpaccio

Smoked breast of duck with nectarine carpaccio

Every month a small farmers market comes to town. I love to walk around the stalls and have a look at what’s on offer. A lot of the stalls are run by small producers with a lot of passion for their produce. There is a guy who sells smoked produce, the whole brie is lovely and … Continue reading

Crispy, roasted duck with miso and coconut curry

Lately it has been quite busy but I am not sure where the time goes. I am having the week off and wanted to do some experimental cooking. I “baked” a raw cake, it was delicious but incredibly filling. I used coconut milk but only a tablespoon. I meant to try to make tofu fries … Continue reading

Duck carnitas with roasted cherries

Carnitas means little meats in the Mexican cuisine. It is pork cooked low and slow until it is super, falling apart tender. I didn’t have any pork at home so I decided to use two duck legs I had in the fridge. Two duck legs is not enough for dinner for M and myself, he … Continue reading

Earl Grey tea and orange glazed duck

Do you have any foods you like but only in small doses and not too often? I have a split relationship with duck. I like crispy duck but am not to keen on duck otherwise. It is a very rich meat and I don’t eat it very often but when I saw duck legs for sale … Continue reading

Crispy pulled duck and glazed pork with kimchi mash

A friend of mine is doing a short movie on a topic that most of us might never see and hopefully never experience but that is there, like the black side of society. The movie is about sex trafficking, a horrible and very lucrative trade that is on the rise. You can find more information … Continue reading

Crispy duck hash

Sometimes I have a serious lack of inspiration of what to cook for dinner. Today I needed something in the supermarket and as I was wandering about I saw some free range duck! Too good to pass on, it was duck for dinner, the legs to be more precise.   I love crispy duck but … Continue reading