It should come as no surprise that I severely overcomplicated the brainstorm. I was convinced some modern behemoth fusion between duck l'orange and a curry. After verifying that duck l'orange did not contain anything unneccessarily complex, I considered the duck curry component of it. Yielding virtually nothing, I turned to Chinese style braises as with knowledge gleaned from Hisako’s curry; spices that are used similarly. It yielded the Teochew Braised Duck and realised it was probably a Japanese style curry with orange and additional spices. Oh. As you’ve probably guessed from my methodology, I harness the cues given by the anime/manga which often provides that TWIST, then ether use the set recipes provided by the manga or if it’s based off a concept, I cherry pick different aspects and create a culinary Frankenstein’s monster. Please don’t feel obliged to make your own duck stock, chicken will suffice. As far as taste goes, the duck katsu surprised me, I didn’t think deep frying it would actually work! It needs more orange though, so in addition to the duck stock, it needs a cup of orange juice probably to really have that freshness sing through in addition to more zest and peel.  

Yoshino Yuuki’s Duck Cutlet Curry Recipe  

2 duck legs, 1 cup orange juice, 1L duck stock (I used 500ml but 1L would yield a smoother curry), 2 cloves of garlic, 1 small piece of fresh ginger and tumeric, fresh curry leaves (not pictured), 1 tblsp soy sauce and honey, 1 orange, 2 small carrots, 1 potato, 2 small onions, 1 tblsp curry powder, bowl of rice

Garam marsala: 1 cinnamon stick, ½ tsp fennel seeds, ½ tsp cumin seeds, 3-4 cloves, ½ black peppercorns, 1 caramom pod, 1 star anise, duck fat

For the duck katsu: 1 skinless duck breast, panko, flour, 1 egg

Cut the onion into segments, the potatoes and carrtos to bite size pieces, zest the orange and cut into pieces

Fry the 1 cinnamon stick, ½ tsp fennel seeds, ½ tsp cumin seeds, 3-4 cloves, ½ black peppercorns, 1 cardamom pod, 1 star anise in duck fat until fragrant

Blitz garam marsala into powder and set aside.

Start in a cold pan, render the duck legs and brown. 

Remove and sauté onions until translucent. Grate in tumeric, garlc and ginger. Add curry leaves. Cook for 30 seconds

Marinade duck breast in ½ tblsp sake, salt and pepper. Set aside for 15 mins.

Add carrots and duck legs. Cover with duck stock, orange juice and water, bring to a boil. Add 1 tblsp honey and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the potatoes and cook for 15 minutes or until tender. Turn off the heat.

Prepare duck katsu by dredging in flour, egg then finally panko. I added orange zest to it to add more zing which was probably futile. Just save it all for the curry.

Deep fry for a few minutes, flip, repeat until golden. Leave to drain on wire rack.

Prepare the curry roux. Sauté curry powder, reserved garam marsala and orange zest with 3 tblsp duck fat until fragrant.  

Add 4 tblsp of flour, mix vigorously until thickened and add orange slices and juice. Cook for 30 seconds then add to roux.

Add the curry roux into the pot and stir to combine. Add 1 tblsp soy sauce and adjust seasoning, simmering on low until it becomes thick.

Drape curry atop of rice.

Serve with duck katsu and enjoy!

The Official Disparition Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

I am drinking this year’s first batch of my home made cold brew coffee and I thought I would share the recipe because this is a good thing to get you going. I am not much of a cook but I will brag about this stuff I honestly think it is better than the cold brew you can get in any cafe around here.

For this method I use a french press, but you should be able to do it in any sort of pitcher.  It takes 12-18 hours.

Start with about 1.5-2 cups of dark roast coffee beans, but them in the grinder but don’t grind them yet. Also add to the grinder:

2 pods worth of cardamom (use fresh whole caramoms if you can get them, not the ground stuff. it makes a big difference. if you have trouble finding whole cardamoms try an Indian/South Asian grocery store)

8-10 peppercorns

1 small shard of cinnamon 

a sprinkling of nutmeg

2 teaspoons of cane sugar (if you like sweet coffee)

Grind all this stuff up together. Grind it more finely than you ordinarily would for a french press.

Then put it into the press or pitcher, fill that up with cold water, and cover it over with some plastic film. Let it sit at room temperature for 12-18 hours. Then filter. Then drink and drink.

Here’s the last step: I keep this stuff in an old tequila bottle in the fridge, and every day I drink it down until there is about an inch left in the bottom.  I leave that there to mix with the next day’s batch.  This way a small remnant of each individual batch always remains to keep company with the new batch and with its cousins from the past.