Help with menu planning around Vietnamese Duck braised in Orange Juice (Rick Stein)?
I am planning to cook this on Sat night. Only 4 of us and I've never done the duck before but can easily imagine how it might taste and am assuming it will be quite rich.
Not sure how to start the meal?? I would love to do vietnamese spring rolls but I really hate deep frying and also don't think I'll have time to get them done. Could also do summer rolls but I have done them so often and they aren't that exciting, tho always tasty I admit.
Needs to be fresh and crunchy and tasty. My husband does a nice squid salad but I feel like we make that all the time for parties!
Don't want the starter to be too meaty and it's warm here so it shd be a salad or involve lots of nice fresh herbs. I love the thai?? chicken salad with mint and the vinegar/sweet dressing but not sure about serving chicken before the duck.
Am also unsure about dessert. I am pregnant and craving chocolate cake so can't really think of anything else right now. Smitten Kitchen posted a delicious looking strawberry cake that might work with creme fraiche. Or a raspberry buttermilk cake, in the same vein...
Or something simple, light and fruity, like almond macaroons with mascarpone and fresh strawberries.
Ill be serving the duck with steamed rice and a mix of bitter greens and cabbage.
How about a green papaya salad with grilled prawns as a starter? If you can't get green papaya where you are, you can sub with shredded green mango or you can make a shredded, carrot, green apple and cabbage salad.
Or you can do the fresh summer rolls with a new twist like grilled tofu or seared ahi tuna w/avocado, etc.
Thanks so much for the suggestion. I did the papaya salad and everyone loved it. I would have liked the salad perhaps a little sweeter but it was a great refreshing contrast to the main course.
I did a Sauternes and Olive Oil Cake for dessert with fresh nectarines. Very tasty tho the recipe should say a 9inch tin rather than 8. A very successful dinner all round so thanks for your input!