|| Asymmetry | Archive | April 13, 2005 |
Turtles in our back yard.
Not much happened yesterday. The temperatures are still down from their recent glorious height, but we went for a long walk in the afternoon despite a stiff breeze that made my ears ache. Worcester is nestled in among very hilly territory (claims to be a "city of seven hills" are a bit silly though); we climbed the one to our immediate west, winding through pleasant residential neighborhoods of mostly small homes, and were eventually rewarded with a view of pretty much the entire city.
Yesterday I made duck for the first time, attempting to recreate a menu described in Amanda Hesser's charming Cooking for Mr. Latte. The duck is simmered until almost falling apart, with soy sauce and sugar, then the next day roasted to attain a crispy skin. The broth (stock?) is used to baste the duck and also as the liquid for rice. I steamed some baby carrots rather than attempt a more complicated side dish. It made a very good meal, though the I'm sure the duck would have turned out better had I let it warm up more before roasting, and had I roasted it breast side up! Basting didn't do it a lot of good upside down. The rice was very sweet from the sugar in the broth, and I'm not sure basmati was a good choice; regular long-grain might have worked better. But overall it was a pretty successful attempt.
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