Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Election Night Dinner

I received an e-mail on Nov. 3, from my Dad. He had copied my sister as well. "What are you making for dinner tomorrow night?" he asked. You see, I couldn't help being a foodie; it's in my genes.
It may seem oddly complex for a night that one wants to be glued to the TV, but we made Peking Duck. In honor of election night, we re-named it, "Bush's Lame Duck." In reality, it is not a very difficult meal to make. The Chinese pancakes are probably the hardest part. But, it is time consuming and you have to plan ahead and start it the night before. I think that what stops most people from trying is that most recipes tell you that you have to hang the duck overnight in a cold place. You can get the exact same effect from putting it on a rack in the fridge. Recipes abound on the internet. The Food Network, http://www.foodnetwork.com/ , has five. The basic procedure is: pour boiling water over the duck twice, then hang or chill overnight, uncovered. The next day, baste with a soy/honey/sesame oil mix and roast in the oven. Seriously, it's that easy. You do have to make the Chinese pancakes though. Please, please, please do not use flour tortillas. The pancakes aren't that hard, and significant others and children can help. They are worth it.
What to drink? I like beer. A lager or pilsner. For authenticity, have Tsing Tao. But Pilsner Urquell, Stella Artois or your favorite would do just fine.


Tree said...

Love the new format! Very funny about "lame duck". Laughed out loud. After all of our efforts to come up with something exciting for election- we ordered Buffalo Chicken Wings- have to represent! We never fall far from our roots! Except now in life, we always include wine.

bluesolara said...

We thought about making Peking duck this summer, but decided against it for the very reason you mentioned. Hanging it overnight was just not practical. Now I will definitely try overnighting it in the refridge. It is one of my favorite ways to enjoy duck.