It would seem that food nostalgia is strong in me at the moment and whilst duck a l’orange was never present on our menu growing up just the name seemed to be the very definition of ‘ooooo look at me’ food. It has become a bit of a staple in recent years on my table, it is really a simple dish and the rich duck just loves that whole sweet and sour thing. It may sound odd, many folk associate sweet and sour with Asian food but it really is a common theme across the globe, hell just grab a bite of your favourite burger and I’m pretty sure you will find that flavour combo in there some how with the sour edge coming from pickles or mustard and the sweet from your bbq sauce, ketchup or fried onions. It is just one of those irresistible combinations that you trip over time and time again in World food.
Duck a l’orange pretty much typifies french food for me, a real fancy ass name that means something really simple that is in fact all about good ingredients treated fairly simply to create beautiful food. There is nothing hard in this dish at all, and you can ignore my serving suggestions if you like and serve it with what ever takes your fancy. But I urge you to give it a try, it is a realtreat with flavours that just work perfectly together!
Anyway back to food nostalgia, what does it for you? It would seem that I am on a run at the moment with so many recipes from my childhood like hotpot, chicken and mushroom pie and stroganoff all making appearances in the last 4 weeks. I also have a real childhood favourite of mine guaranteed to raise eyebrows next Tuesday, the humble British faggot! No it does not mean that!