It’s a bit of a struggle this year. Our garden is giving us a run for our money with it being inconsistent in deciding what it wants to grow. Every year there is usually one or two things that are stubborn. But with the lack of rain in May and the reappearance of rabbits this year we’re not having much luck with the eggplant, tomatillos, parsnips, onions, leeks, and beets!
I have to say though our potatoes are going gangbusters. So far they are the best we’ve ever had. We’re struggling to keep up with adding dirt and straw to the towers as the plants grow. Fingers crossed we’ll get a harvest bigger than what we put in!
A while back when Johnny had the Feed the Piglet blog he sent me a link for a Rhubarb Duck recipe. Unfortunately the link is now private, though you can see latest posts on Kitschnflavours site. So I had to come up with my own recipe. Gasp!
Rhubarb is a perfect pairing with duck with the tartness of the rhubarb and the richness of the duck. Slice 2-3 stalks of rhubarb. Finely chop a handful of fresh thyme and half a sweet onion.
Score the duck skin and season with sea salt and pepper. Heat a bit of olive oil in a skillet and place the duck skin down. You don’t want a high heat for this because you want to render the fat without burning the duck. Once the duck has rendered turn it over to sear the other side.
Because this was a big piece of duck I finished it off in the oven. While the duck cooks add the rhubarb, onion, and thyme to the skillet. Saute to soften the rhubarb and onion. Grate an inch square (2.5 cm sq) of fresh ginger into the skillet.
As the rhubarb cooks down add a cup of chicken stock and bring to a simmer. It was interesting because I didn’t add any citrus to this dish but there was a definite citrus taste to it. Must have come from the rhubarb.
Once the duck is cooked to medium let it rest before slicing. Unfortunately we had a tough piece of bird! I cooked up some mashed potatoes and pan roasted Brussels Sprouts. The kids enjoyed this what with their love of duck and rhubarb. It was mine to screw up! 🙂