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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Duck and Plum Salad for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year falls on the 19th of February this year, we leave behind the Year of the Horse and welcome the Year of the Goat.  Duck is often featured in Chinese recipes and I would often choose it if I was eating out, however it's a meat I cook only occasionally.

This salad was so delicious, the tender roasted duck and juicy plums contrasting with the savoury vermicelli noodles and peppery rocket.  All of the ingredients are available at Marks and Spencer, who provided also provided me with the recipe.

This  would make a great dinner party meal as you can roast the duck and plums earlier in the day then you only have to assemble the salad before serving.  

Duck Breast with Plum Salad
Ready in 30 minutes, Serves 4

· 2 tbsp olive oil
· 4 duck breasts, skin removed
· 8 plums, halved and stoned
· 1 star anise
· 3 tbsp port
· 2 tbsp soy sauce
· 125g rice noodles
· Thumb-sized piece root ginger, peeled and cut into matchsticks
· ½ x 25g pack fresh coriander, leaves only
· ½ x 25g pack fresh mint, roughly chopped
· 4 handfuls rocket leaves

1. Heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius / 375 degrees Fahrenheit / gas 5 (170 degrees Celsius for fan ovens). In a small, ovenproof frying pan, heat 1tbsp of the oil. Season the duck breasts and fry for 2 – 3 minutes each side, until starting to brown. Transfer to the oven for a further 15 minutes, then remove and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, sit the plums, cut side-up, in a small roasting tin with the star anise. Drizzle over the port and soy sauce. Roast for 10 – 15 minutes, adding a splash of water to the tin if it becomes dry. Set aside.

3. Cook the noodles according to packet instructions, then drain and refresh under cold water. Heat the remaining oil in a small frying pan and fry the ginger for 2 minutes, until golden. Drain on kitchen paper.

4. Toss the noodles with the herbs and rocket. Divide among 4 serving plates and add the plums. Slice the duck breasts and arrange on top with the fried ginger, then spoon over any pan juices from the plums.

Per serving
334 calories, 14.9 fat (3.5g saturated), 196g carbohydrates, 11.7g sugar, 2.9g fibre, 28.6g protein, 1.52g salt

I received the ingredients for this recipe from Marks and Spencer, I was not paid and all opinions are my own.

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At 17 February 2015 at 15:54 , Blogger Unknown said...

This looks absolutely fab! I really like the idea of duck and plum together, but I've never tried it. I will have to now. Thanks!

At 17 February 2015 at 21:30 , Blogger Heidi Roberts said...

I adore duck and any recipe that includes it is a great one, especially like the plums.

At 17 February 2015 at 22:21 , Blogger Cakeyboi said...

Happy Chinese New Year when it's here. Your salad looks and sounds very fitting Janice x

At 17 February 2015 at 23:33 , Blogger The Baking Explorer said...

This looks absolutely scrumptious!

At 18 February 2015 at 12:42 , Blogger Unknown said...

One of my favourite roast chicken dishes is with plums - it is one of those great combos. This recipe looks fab and I will give it a go.

At 18 February 2015 at 13:08 , Blogger Hello said...

Your duck and plum salad looks amazing, I love the falvour combinations.

At 18 February 2015 at 19:12 , Blogger Unknown said...

YUM! That looks crazy good Janice. I grow my own ducks and I've never though of putting plum with them, I bet it is a superb mix.
Janie x

At 18 February 2015 at 19:27 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Neil, I was surprised just how good it was.

At 18 February 2015 at 19:28 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Heidi, the plums go so well with the duck

At 18 February 2015 at 19:28 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Stuart.

At 18 February 2015 at 19:28 , Blogger Janice said...

It really was, Kat.

At 18 February 2015 at 19:29 , Blogger Janice said...

That's interesting Madeleine, I haven't cooked much in the way of savoury dishes with plums before, but I will now.

At 18 February 2015 at 19:29 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Charlene, the combination works so well.

At 19 February 2015 at 19:58 , Blogger Sylvia F. said...

Your salad look super scrumptious :) I can't say if I liked duck or not as I only tried it once but I'm up for it again :)

At 19 February 2015 at 20:51 , Blogger Lucy Bakingqueen74 said...

This meal sounds so tasty, and really easy to do, I always think of quick frying (which I can never prepare for and find too much of a rush!) rather than roasting with Chinese dishes so this makes a lovely change. Going to try this at the weekend.

At 19 February 2015 at 20:58 , Blogger Anne said...

I never seem to cook duck at home but order it when out, always a bit scared of over cooking it! Love the sound of it with plums, they do give a lovely flavour when baked.

At 20 February 2015 at 15:23 , Blogger Anita-Clare Field said...

Oh this looks absolutely delicious. I now know what is going to happen to the two duck breasts I have in the freezer. Fabulous.


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