The chance to do a commission of ‘Ben’, a beautiful retired racehorse, immediately making me think of the equestrian art of Alfred J Munnings. However, in portrait format, a contemporary composition for the painting rather than the landscape format that characterised his paintings.
Croustade de Canard with blueberries on the menu with eggplant and a herb and Parmesan flat bread starter.
Slow roasted the duck on the Kamado Jan for a 7 hours, which was a few hours too long. Fortunately it wasn’t dried to leather and fell apart which was perfect for the pie filling. Didn’t read the recipe correctly either, so had to cook and add the bacon at the end. The cheese-based flatbread made a great topping for the pie. Logistical juggling to get the chargrilled eggplant ready, made easier by crisping the duck pies in the oven.
The annual Art Society ‘Unblocked’ Exhibition opening. 20cmx20cm wooden blocks on which to create anything that used the Pantone colour of 2019 ‘Coral’. I used my silk scarf for my submission, which was displayed by Ricardo on a stand in the center of one of the galleries. As has become the norm, the curating was professional and the exhibition engaging.
When risotto is good, it’s delicious. A pea and mushroom risotto with lamb the highlight of the Baleia wine pairing evening at the Turbine. Served with their Pinot, it might not have been the best course for a diabetic, but at least it was delicious.
Croustade de Canard
• 1 whole duck, deboned
• 45ml (3 tbsp) olive oil
• 1 red onion, sliced
• 6 strips rindless back bacon, chopped
• 250g portobellini mushrooms, sliced
• 15ml (1 tbsp) fresh thyme, chopped
• 500ml (2 cups) chicken stock
• 60ml (¼ cup) port (optional)
• 410g blueberries
• salt and freshly ground pepper to taste