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Roast Duck with a Honey Soy Basting Sauce

Here is the recipe for the duck I did, I baste the bird all the way through cooking and then I heat the basting sauce and mix some cornflour in, to thicken and serve on the side as a sauce. Because of the Asian flavours unless serving this as a dish by itself, if you are making it along with other meats, I use a separate side plate, as the sauce does not mix well with a normal gravy.

I made two birds for Christmas and you will see from the picture that it was not an enormous amount of meat, so remember this when cooking it, as to how many ducks you will need for the amount of people feeding. This is wonderful tasting duck and it always the first meat to go when I make it and with rave reviews.


2kg Duck (mine were smaller than this,hence 2, I think this should be about right for 4 people.)

Honey Soy Basting Sauce

4 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
4 Tablespoons soy sauce
4 Tablespoons honey
4 Cloves garlic, crushed
4 Tablespoons dry white wine
1/3 Cup Olive oil
1-2 Teaspoons cornflour

Note: I never measure this exactly, I think this should be about right, but do adjust for taste if I am a little off.


1. Wash duck under cold water and remove any missed feathers.

2. Combine all the basting ingredients and boil over a high heat for about 2 minutes. Keep sauce warm while basting, stirring occasionally.

3. Place duck in a roasting dish, brush with basting sauce. Bake in a slow oven (130c) for about three hours, bast several times while cooking. (I like to do this slow to stop the skin from burning.)

4. Turn the oven up to 170-180 and continue to roast for a further 30-45 Min’s until skin is browned and crisp and duck is cooked through.

5. As the duck is finishing off, mix a little water with cornflour, turn up the heat on stove, add cornflour to basting sauce and stir until mixture thickens. (I say 1-2 teaspoons of cornflour, the amount will depend on how much of the sauce has been used during cooking and how much it has reduced by.)

Serve Duck with basting sauce.

All photo’s taken by me unless otherwise stated.

Moist Roast Turkey with a Port Gravy

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, had a great time with family and are full to brimming. I had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends, ate way to much as you do. Played loads of games, bought my hubby a professional poker set for Chrimbo so finished the night off with poker and black jack, a Christmas filled with loads of laughs with kids having a wonderful time and big smiles on faces.

I made 2 roast ducks, roast leg of lamb and a roast turkey for Christmas dinner. I have posted a recipe already for roast lamb so I thought I would post one for turkey and one for duck. I know you probably can’t think of food now, but I thought I would post these for next year or other special occasions throughout the year. I only bought a 2.5kg turkey as I was doing other meats, so you will have to adjust cooking times if roasting a bigger bird. I stuffed mine with a fois gras fig stuffing, MMmmm, it was delicious but you can stuff yours with your favourite stuffing.


2.5kg Turkey
1/2 Cup chicken stock
2/3 Cup Port
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 Teaspoons cornflour


1. Discard giblets if inserted, rinse turkey under cold water inside and out, pat dry. Spoon seasoning or stuffing into cavity and tie legs together with kitchen string.

2. In an oven proof baking dish pour in chicken stock and half the port. Place turkey upside down in dish, cover dish tightly with foil, bake in a slow oven (130c) 4hrs.

3. Remove foil place turkey right way up, combine remaining port with sugar, brush over turkey. Roast uncovered 180-190c for a further 45 Min’s or until turkey is browned and cooked through.

4. Remove turkey from dish cover with foil to keep warm. Strain juices into a pan, to remove any bits of meat and fat. Heat over a medium heat, mix a little water with cornflour, pour into sauce, stir until mixture boils and thickens.

Serve turkey with port gravy.

All photo’s taken by me unless otherwise stated.