I plumped for a dish that combines European and African traditions, with a bit of Chinese duck thrown in for good measure! As I've recently been learning about the history of vanilla and the role Réunion has played in global vanilla cultivation, I really wanted to experiment by cooking with vanilla myself, for the very first time.
I looked at a few different sources online and then made my own recipe, but I was heavily influenced by Celtnet,org's recipe for Clementine and Vanilla Duck. This is a great website, that I've used many times in the past and it's a labour of love which currently needs some funding to keep the website going, if you're interested in supporting a worthy cause!
|Ingredients for Canard à la Vanille|
2 vanilla pods - 2 gousses de vanille
6 oranges - 6 oranges (smaller oranges like clementines or mandarins work best - I used mandarins)
orange juice - jus d'orange
4 tomatoes - 4 tomates
2 onions - 2 oignons
a cup of rice - une tasse du riz
1 lemon - 1 citron
rocket salad - salade de roquette
French dressing - vinaigrette
How I made Canard à la Vanille
I usually start by making my rice, which I added lemon juice and rind to, once it had cooked, to give it nice tangy taste.
|Preparing the orange juice|
Next, I prepared the main ingredients. I chopped the duck breasts into bite-sized pieces; separated four of the oranges into segments or carpels; juiced the other two oranges; chopped the onions; chopped the tomatoes; halved the vanilla pods, then sliced them lengthwise to expose the vanilla seeds.
|Prepare the ingredients for the Vanilla Duck stew|
I started by frying the duck breasts until they had cooked through and browned on the outside - I removed the duck pieces and set them to one side.
|Cook the duck pieces until they brown|
|Vanilla and orange stew|
|Vanilla Duck stew|
I served with the lemon-rice, rocket salad and French dressing. The end result was miam-miam!
|Canard à la Vanille served with lemon-rice and rocket salad|
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