Last Thursday one of my closest friends came round for dinner and I decided I’d cook something special. I plumped for a combination that was indulgent – Dauphinoise potatoes with duck breast – and paired that with something refreshing and healthy – a veggie and fruit juice.
I stupidly forgot to take both a picture of the duck or one of the whole dish together. My phone doesn’t seem to focus properly sometimes now for some reason either.
Anyway, I actually put some thought into the flavours; I regularly make juices for myself and there is a certain combo of greens and fruit that is incredibly refreshing, which I thought would work perfectly and cut through the heavier flavours of the potatoes and duck, all of which were things she commented on, unprompted by me, so I’ll give myself a pat on the back for that and for the fact she wanted seconds of the potatoes and loved the duck. Next time I’ll have to make a sauce to go with it.
I didn’t make a dessert, plumping instead for chocolate. I’ve never even attempted to make a sweet dish, I much prefer the idea of cooking big, bold, savoury dishes.
I cook regularly for myself but that’s always just simple, rudimentary cooking but the truth is I very much enjoy the process of cooking and it is something that I want to properly develop. I’m one of those people that is addicted to Masterchef, watches cookery programmes all the time and spends more time than I care to admit in front of Food Network.
I’m planning on taking on a prawn laksa sometime this week.