peppered duck & peppadew quinoa

In culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, lunch on 08.16.11 at 9:54 pm

ever have one of those days when it’s simply too hot outside to cook dinner? well, it was definitely one of those days for me this week.

i was hosting a little dinner party that night and the goal was to make something yummy, but not spend too much time at a hot stove. so i made a quick grocery run to my fave local cheese shop — janice beaton fine cheese — to pickup some reinforcements. surprisingly, i didn’t pickup any cheese that day, but i did bring home some delish goodies…

peppered duck breast by local albertan meat company — valbella — was the name of the game that night. cured meat, and ready to eat. (hey, i’m rhymin’.) some peppadew peppers were another fab ingredient from this JBFC grocery run. both the peppered duck & peppadews paired well with the pistachios from my pantry.

prep ingredients:
– peppered duck breast (sliced)
– 75g peppadew peppers (sliced)
– 1/4 cup pistachios (shells removed, crushed in mortar & pestle)

the quinoa:
– bring to a boil: 1 cup (250mL) organic quinoa & 2 cups water in a small pot (no cover)
– then reduce to simmer, cover pot and cook until the water is absorbed into the grains (approx 10-12 min). it’s ready when the grain is translucent.
– allow to cool, then fluff w/ a fork.

food styling:
– to create a quinoa ‘tower’, pack the quinoa into small ramekin, small resealable container, teacup or food stacker. turn upside down onto plate and ta-da!
– fan out 3-4 slices of peppered duck breast on the side
– garnish quinoa tower w/ crushed pistachios & sliced peppadews
– season w/ ground chinese five-spice
– pairs nicely w/ your fave pinot gris

  1. Awesome! I love duck! I haven’t had it in ages. This looks soooooo good!


  2. What a magnificent meal.
    :-) Mandy


  3. I’m not one to eat duck, but the quinoa sounds GREAT! Awesome meal.


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