Due to some terrible scheduling, I'm going to have to work on Christmas Day.....bummer. So the Missus and I decided to have our Christmas lunch/dinner (lunner?? dinch??) today. One of the items I made was a real easy pan-glazed duck breast dish, Kamo no Yuan-yaki. Yuan-yaki, is normally a grilling technique used for chicken or fish briefly marinated in a soy sauce-mirin-sake-citrus(Yuzu) marinade. Why Yuan? From what I could gather "Yuan" was a Tea Ceremony Master from the Edo period, and this dish is named after him. This preparation is a bit different; I didn't marinade the duck, opting for crisp duck skin, with a nice glaze.
Kamo no Yuan-Yaki
2 Boneless Duck Breasts with Skin
4 Tb Mirin
3 Tb Soy Sauce
2 Tb Sake
2-3 slices lemon rind(or even better Yuzu!)
1 - Place the duck breasts skin side up on a cutting board and score. This allows for excess fat to cook off during cooking process, and the sauce to be absorbed.
2 - Mix together the rest of the ingredients
3 - Heat a frying pan on medium high heat, and place duck breasts skin side down and fry for 4-8 minutes until the skin is crisp. Lower heat, turn duck breasts, and cook for another2-4 minutes.
4 - Pour sauce over duck, bring sauce to a boil, turning duck over several times to coat completely. Let sauce reduce, remove duck.
5 - Cut duck, and place over mizuna, watercress, arugula, or a similar greens. You may pour remaining glaze over the duck if desired.
We also had some Sukiyaki.
Like my meat presentation? I know you're not supposed to play with your food, but....
I used that nice chunk of fat to help "oil" the sukiyaki nabe. I couldn't find my trusty old cast iron Sukiyaki Nabe(sukiyaki pot), and had to buy a new one.....I couldn't find an old-fashioned cast iron version, only the lightweight aluminum, alloy version. When I inquired about the availability of a cast iron nabe, the lady smiled and said, using her most refined Grandmotherly tone, "this is the 21st century.....people don't want cast iron any more. And, all of us are getting old, cast iron is too heavy!" I couldn't help but laugh.
And I thought all the lines were at the mall:
We were driving past Honey Baked Hams, and couldn't believe the lines. The Missus snapped a photo:
Merry Christmas everyone, I hope all the craziness didn't drive up a pole....like it did to Santa!