Monday, February 05, 2007

sheer madness, utter genuis

I just saw the video for Christian Dior by John Galliano. Fabulous is all I can say.


Sunday, February 04, 2007

babel and duck legs

We went to Chinatown yesterday in search of I forgot what. In and out of stores we went and then we found a store that carried frozen duck legs. After much debate, we decided it would be that evening's dinner. Not really sure on how we were going to cook the duck, we picked up some eggplants, bell pepper, mushrooms, carrots and snow peas. I was thinking of red curry sauce but E vetoed that saying that it was too rich. Checking the spices that we have on hand, E decided to marinate the duck legs in a mixture of five-spice powder, ginger, scallions, honey, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Since the ducks had to marinate for the flavors to infuse, we decided to see a movie.

Babel was playing at the Parkway that afternoon. I was hesitant about seeing that movie as I wasn't in the mood for heavy drama. I'm glad we did. Great storyline and good acting all around. It was interesting to see how the different stories inter-related with each other and disturbing to see human behavior at its best. It was a one big 'what if' movie. Very strong contender for best picture.

Back to the duck. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the duck from the marinade, save the marinade. Place on a rack over a baking pan skin-side up. Pour water into the pan to avoid a smoky kitchen. Bake for about 90 minutes, basting occasionally. Turn the ducks over halfway through the cooking time. Ten minutes before the time is up, turn the legs skin side up, baste and sprinkle some sesame seeds. We served this with the vegetables we bought which we stir-fried and some steamed rice.

dinner is served

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