First shoot your duck; then make it delicious

Duck-shooting season is here.

It’s one of the biggest events in the New Zealand hunting calendar May.

So, for those of you who have a few ducks lying around, this will be worth a read.

When I work with clients, it’s always about building knowledge and giving them meal options and suggestions, sure.

Ultimately, it’s about learning how and why food serves your body in the way that it does and finding flavour combinations that work and that they love.

It’s about combining real ingredients to create meals that are nourishing and enjoyable in equal measure.

So with that in mind, rather than a recipe, here are some delicious whole food ingredients that pair really well with duck and a few suggestions of how to combine them to create something delicious.

Fruity and sweet ingredients – Berries: cherries, raspberries and cranberries. Other fruit: orange, grapes and plums. Honey.

Herbs, spices and sauces – Cinnamon; pepper; fennel; Chinese five-spice; ginger and garlic; vinegar: balsamic and apple cider.

Vegetables – Tomatoes (and tomato paste for curries); caramelised onion; green beans; cucumber.

Salty – Bacon; nut butter; coconut aminos.

Try using a balance of sweet, sour and salty ingredients, alongside warming spices and cooling citrus/salad ingredients.

From these ingredients the options are endless, but here is a little bit of inspiration to get you started:

  • Homemade hoisin sauce made with orange (juiced), tomato paste, almond butter, grated garlic, apple cider vinegar, honey, five-spice powder, sesame oil and chilli flakes.
  • Simple duck salad: seared duck breast sliced, crispy bacon, cranberries and balsamic vinegar with cooling cucumber and greens.
  • Simple and delicious: seared duck breast with balsamic green beans. Try using just one pan.
  • Duck curry: onions, five-spice mix, chopped grapes, green beans, coconut milk.

Will you give it a go? Or do you have any recipe suggestions? Message @amysfitnessandnutrition on Facebook or Instagram or text 27 265-0350.