Happy New Year 2018, my blogger friends!
Hopefully, you had a great start of the new year 🙂 At the end we are back from Mexico, so it has been really tiring… Time difference with jet – lag, our little monkey at the end with antibiotics (as he has tonsillitis, ear infection and teething with molars) and trying to settle down here again. I am so tired. We handled long flight with our little one pretty well, however we waited a bit more than 7 hours in Mexico City and believe me, with little baby, not that much fun. However, the flight was great… actually, my little boy was absolutely amazing. He slept almost the whole flight (as it was the same on the way to Mexico) and I want to call myself a lucky mum 🙂 Our whole journey door to door took more than 20 hours and all of us were completely exhausted. But… we managed! And we had our New Year dinner at home. Happy and sad together… Happy being at home, together and sad because we are again alone and without family around. It was amazing to be with everyone, to see how our little one is adjusting in completely different environment and… He did his first “steps alone” there!!! And he has caught up a lot of Spanish and I can clearly see, that he understands all three languages. I am still amazed about babies abilities, they are real sponges! 🙂
Let´s get back to our New Year´s dinner. As soon as we arrived, we bought a duck. My dad has told me that the best duck is the one, which is baked at least 16 hours. Soooo… Enough time for us to have a rest as well and let the oven do the job 🙂
What do you need:
1 whole duck (size depends on you and how many people are going to eat, I have chosen smaller one as only two of us ate)
300 g red cabbage (fresh one or canned)
1 tbsp oil
3 bay leaves
1 tsp sugar (optional)
1 vegetable stock
potatoes (I always cook 2 pieces per person)
Firstly, marinate the duck. And… it is really simple – just with salt and cumin. Marinate it properly, from all possible angles 🙂 As I said at the beginning, my dad has recommended me to bake the duck at least 16 hours. However, I did not do it exactly that long, but long enough!
Baking has couple of steps: Put marinated duck into the pot suitable for oven, ideally with lid. If you do not have a lid, aluminium foil is great. Firstly, bake the duck for 80 degrees for 6 hours in the oven. Afterwards, increase the oven temperature up to 120 degrees and bake it for 3 hours. After those 3 hours, check if the meat is soft and tender. If so, you can increase temperature to 180 degrees and bake covered approximately 1.5 hour and then around 35 minutes uncovered so you can get a nicely crispy parts on top.
I like duck meat with red cabbage (white is good as well) and dumplings. However this time, I was not able to make dumplings, but you can check the recipe here. I prepare it with potatoes which go well with duck and cabbage too. The red cabbage preparation is mentioned in post here.
Hopefully, you had a great start of the New Year as we did. And if you decide to prepare duck this way, enjoy it!
Your Vero and little Canito