Cooking challenge

So the holidays are over, and the next statutory holiday is about THREE MONTHS away.  Just the thought of that previous sentence makes me shudder.  On top of that, it’s usually a busy time at work, and lots of rain and darkness in Vancouver.

So, I need something to do, something to look forward to, something fun.  Since Cliff and I both love to eat, and I’ve been having fun trying a few new recipes, I’ve decided that for the next 3 months, I’m going to try a new recipe every week.

Now, trying new recipes is not a challenge.  I love cooking and trying different ways of making things.  But I want to also focus on trying things I’ve never tried before.  This all started with being spurred on by a friend.  I made an off-hand comment that I’ve never cooked duck before, and he said it’s really not that hard to cook duck meat.  So, I went home that night and looked up some duck recipes.  The next weekend, I bought some duck breast and made a pan seared duck breast with orange blueberry chipotle sauce.  It turned out well, and I tried cooking duck for the very first time.  That was fun.

So for this week, since I’m kind of on a row for duck, I’m going to try making duck confit.  I love duck, and I love salty foods.  So duck confit is just the right choice as my first challenge.

The problem with duck confit, is that once you make it, you have to wait (at least) a whole week before you are supposed to eat it.  So I made some duck confit yesterday, making the whole house smell crazy delicious, and have to put it in the fridge and not eat it.  That was just so wrong.  Anyway, we’ve invited our friends over to eat the confit with us this weekend.  I’ll keep you posted on how that goes!



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