Being the only human in my house these days has changed the way I cook. I have simplified my meals while not conceding flavor and texture. I have a thing for poached organic eggs, soft-leafed lettuce and all the bits of the duck (blame Kate Hill for the duck fetish). My ideal comfort food for one on a week night dinner is the the recipe below. I have a friend who has begun making beef jerky. Graciously he bowed to my recent request for duck jerky out of 2 duck breasts I provided (reserving the skin for later use). What he produced was a wonder - hand rubbed with Kate Hill's recipe of traditional Gascon spice rub from her book "A culinary journey in Gascony", p99 plus his added touch of 1/4 teaspoon of dried pepper flakes. I merely took some that I had frozen and whizzed them in the small food processor. Voila canard jerky crumbles. —krusher
organic egg, room temperature
extra virgin olive oil
sherry vinegar, Spanish is preferred
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
soft-leafed lettuce leaves
duck jerky crumbles (recipe now posted)
POACHING THE EGG - fill saucepan with water to at least 3 inches depth and bring to the boil. While that is happening, crack the egg and gently pour into a small shallow bowl or cup. When the water boils turn off the heat source. Promptly slide the egg gently into the water and put the lid on the saucepan immediately. Leave for 3 minutes or until you see that the white have solidified. This is a foolproof method I learned from Bill Granger, an Australian chef now living in England.
MAKING THE SALAD DRESSING - combine in a small jar the extra virgin olive oil, sherry vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and freshly ground pepper and give it a good shake. Taste and adjust ingredients to your taste. Some might like more acidity and would want to add a few more drops of sherry for example.
PREPARING THE LETTUCE - wash and dry the salad leaves. Add a small amount of dressing and mix gently by hand as the lettuce leaves will bruise easily.
ASSEMBLING THE SALAD - (1) - sprinkle the leaves with the duck jerky crumbles and light roll through in one motion. Place the salad leaves on the serving plate.
ASSEMBLING THE SALAD - (2) - gently lower the just warm poached egg on top. Sprinkle the duck crackling over the salad. ENJOY!