One of the great things about reading other blogs, (apart from getting to know the blogger) is the recipes they share. Just after Christmas The Intolerant Chef shared a recipe called Betutu Bebek or Balinese Spiced Duck.
I love The Intolerant Chef’s blog and am a total fan. She is (as the name suggests) a professional chef and she shares her amazing, inspiring and intriguing recipes with fabulous lighthearted humour as well as giving wonderful detail as to how to prepare each recipe.
I immediately wanted to try this recipe but because of the pre-Christmas massacre of ducks, every butcher’s shop I went into was out of stock and I was informed that there was now a shortage and it would be at least four weeks before anyone would be able to sell a whole duck.
I patiently bided my time and today I was able to purchase my duck and get on with the recipe. One thing you do need to be aware of with this recipe is that the duck needs to cook for four hours so if you don’t want to be eating at midnight you need to get on with this earlier in the day.
Here in Sydney it has been announced that we have had the coldest summer in history (‘appalling’ doesn’t describe the season adequately), however, today it has been warm, even hot (and we’re not used to it), so I didn’t choose the best day to have the oven cranked up for many hours.
Never mind! The duck was absolutely delicious. Because of the long cooking process and because the duck is steam cooked, the meat is extremely tender and just falls from the bone. The flavours are incredible, it is a very rich dish and adequately feeds a family of four. It was so well received by everyone in my family that it was just a shame I didn’t cook two!
I served the duck with organic brown rice cooked in chicken stock with some finely chopped sauteed onion and steamed green beans on the side along with the reduced pan juices.
This is not a family meal you can whip up at a moment’s notice. But, once it is in the oven it really does just take care of itself. You will find the recipe on The Intolerant Chef’s website.
Thank you Intolerant Chef for a wonderful meal and for showing me a new way to cook a duck.
So the duck recipe was Balinese but do you like melting moments? Passionfruit melting moments?
Here’s the recipe for the prize winning entry in the JustB competition. I made these melting moments and they were sensational. Add this recipe to your repertoire – You won’t regret it!
Do you “borrow” recipes from other bloggers?