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Help with menu planning around Vietnamese Duck braised in Orange Juice (Rick Stein)?

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Help with menu planning around Vietnamese Duck braised in Orange Juice (Rick Stein)?

kookiegoddess | Jun 2, 2011 03:22 PM

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.

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