Sunday, August 1, 2010

Weekend of good eats

Tonights supper was intended to be Nigel’s pot roasted pheasant with vermouth, but as I could find neither pheasant nor vermouth was instead roast duck with a grand marnier gravy. Yummy... Although I never fail to be amazed at how little meat there is on a 1.8kg bird!

Duck was oven roasted for almost 2 hours. Basted twice with a mix of grand marnier, white wine and brown sugar (mixed well and reduced slightly). While the duck was resting I made a gravy out of the pan juices (less as much of the fat as I could manage) and the rest of the grand marnier mix. It was supposed to also have orange juice, but I didn’t buy any. Not to worry though, plenty of citrus flavour from the grand marnier. Served with roast vegies. Yummy.

I also made tomorrow night’s supper this afternoon, namely a lentil, salami and sausage casserole. Rather looking forward to that as it smells FANTASTIC!
Now cooking in the oven is Nigel’s lime tart. My first attempt at pastry and I suspect that the full serve of butter made it too short as it was ooooozing butter while blind baking. Didn't look appetising, but once the lime filling was added and baked it tasted divine.

In the meantime, dinner last night was fantastic. We went to Soffrito in Newtown. Three courses, each delicious... Duck tortellini with fried sage and brown butter (delicious!), roast beef wrapped in mushroom and pancetta with garlic spinach, mashed potato and green beans (super), and finally an apple and quince tart. Food was amazing. Unfortunately it was rather squishy (chairs literally back to back between tables) and rather loud, so probably just as well we had an early booking and were gone by 8pm. Would be interesting to head along there one Mon to Thurs night to see if the atmosphere can equal the food. Followed by far too much Chandon at the Marly with Kathleen et al. Fun night, but not my type of pub.

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