My friend Isabel took this photo when I dropped by Mongolia to see her after having toured China in search of Duck. Peking duck, Chiu chow duck, red cooked duck, Sichuan duck, Nanjing salt duck, any duck at all really. Seems a bit obsessive and a touch ingredient specific, what about all the amazing seafood, beef, pork dishes in China? Well a few years ago I had this somewhat crazy, optimistic idea of writing a cookbook entirely about duck. How to cook, braise, roast, steam, fry, render duck, a bit about domestic breeds, a tour of the duck cooking nations, France and China being the leaders, the classic duck dishes of the world plus some innovative recipes. This kept me quiet, out of trouble and in the state library for a few years which then led to overseas trips in search of recipes, know how, tips, techniques, photo opportunities, tax deductions etc. Another few years and kilometres down the track and still no book!
The reason for the tardiness of book is, well…life. Work. Running businesses. Other cunning plans. Other activities. You know how it is. So, this blog, (that I am loving the writing of, the platform for photos and recipes, and the not-so finality of publishing), is the interim book. It is the answer to the inevitable catch up question from my friends ‘when is the book going to be finished?’ It is the book in very random order. A page here and there and others thrown in for fun (my fun that is). This blog will also be used, at times, to demonstrate with step by step photos, the cooking of the duck recipes in my Spice Road range of flavour bases. Without sounding too commercial and self promoting, my other business is Jagger fine foods in the Adelaide Central Market, a store I have nursed, raised and cultured since returning from travelling 17 years ago.
Feel free to ask any questions through the comments box below, that means any queries regarding duck, and I will try to answer as well as I possibly can. Thanks for the interest, Lucy .
That was then……..this is now. September 2016. Louis Mayfield Uppill is one year old.