Life has a way of catching you up in its arms and taking you along for the ride, doesn't it?
It's definitely been one of those weeks...
Birthdays were celebrated.
Fresh starts happened.
A loved one was lost and remembered. As much as you think you are prepared for those moments, it seems as if you are never quite as ready as you thought you were.
For better or worse, this has been a week of food and family.
After last week's aberrational recipe following, I am pleased to report that things are back on track at Chez Cher (well, in the kitchen at least) and the normal course of improvisation has resumed.
No thyme - heck leave it out.
No port? Sherry will do.
Drain off the duck fat? Are your out of your mind?
Don't forget to leave the duck pink in the middle. No one wants over-cooked duck breast. No one...
Saute the peaches - nope. They are as hard as bricks. Add some apricot brandy to the pan with the duck fat, cover and let them simmer. You can caramelize them after they have softened up and become more edible.
Take out the peaches and throw in some balsamic and champagne vinegars. Reduce to a thickened sauce.
People don't like duck? (Yes, those people do exist - and yes, I have to feed them. It breaks my heart.) Grill up a couple of pork tenderloins and serve with the sauce and peaches.
So easy. So delicious.
Every one wins.
In the book nook: Finished Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn - it was dark, but a good read. Currently working my way through Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I am only a few chapters in, but so far I like it. Although, as I read through the narrative, my mind hears it in Julia Robert's voice. Not sure how I feel about that...I should know better than to read a book after I have seen the movie - it gets me every time. (Mary H - Yes, Chef is now on my library wish list.)
Have a great weekend all.
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. I couldn't find an officially posted version of this recipe; however, if you Google "Duck Breast with Fresh Peaches by Dorie Greenspan", the inter-webs will lead you there.