Saturday, 29 May 2010

Salad of Duck Confit and Lentils

Inspired by a Jamie salad from the excellent Jamie Does series. Also inspired by the fact that I had a confit in the fridge that needed to be used up and finally inspired by the fact that I am far to fat and that salads are supposed to be healthy!

Some lovely Puy Lentils

And a very healthy confit of duck!?!. A very useful ingredient - as this was vaccum packed and I'd had it for ages. Need to get some more for the store cupboard.

Made up a salad to mix with the warm lentils

Post roasting...

the final dish assembled. Not a bad effort for a made up one

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Chairman Mao's red braised pork

So...Chairman Mao's favourite dish. Apparently he was not much of a gourmand, and food was not much more than fuel. This simple dish is from the Hunan region & thus is also from the great Fuchsia Dunlop's Hunan Cookbook. She is a genius ! 

A simple set of ingredients

Not the most auspicious start for a dish called Red Braised!

The secret is in making a syrup with some groundnut oil and sugar

Getting there !

I served it with a dish called - Pulverised Aubergine with Green pepper. I did not have much pepper - so added some mushrooms also

You have to fry the aubergine and then mash it down

And it ends up like this. It does what it says on the tin. Actually it was very nice.

And after a 40 minute braise - so was the pork.Tender and sweet.

That's one for the little red book!