For our Valentines Day dinner I decided to cook duck. This is a recipe from Nigella Kitchen, although it is hard to really call it a recipe. You just sear the skin of the duck legs put them in a roasting dish skin side up with potatoes, season, throw in some thyme and cook for 2 hours. But I must give Nigella credit as it gave me the confidence to cook duck - something I have never tried before, and it was delicious. So moist and tender. You should have seen my daughter - she loved it!
I made a plum sauce to serve as I thought it sounded plain but really it didn't need it.
My big adventure was traveling out to Windsor to buy the duck marylands from Pepe's Ducks! All the places I have been to only sell duck breast. The ducks had been prepared the day I bought it, so very fresh, and there is delight in buying it from the grower. They produce about 70,000 ducks a week, so a huge supplier. Yet they were happy to sell me a pack at the door. It cost me $16 for five marylands.
With the leftover duck I made duck crepes using Anna Gare's recipe from Quickies in my Kitchen. They are a very simple dish and delicious, they allow the amazing duck to be the star of the show!