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Barbecued Duck Breast Red Curry

I love curry, especially red curry. It’s the most spiciest curry of all. And I love spicy food, so red curry is my top favourite. Today I would like to share a red curry recipe with you with barbecued duck breasts. Usually, Thai people make red curry with beef. But that’s too simple. Red curry with barbecued duck has a more exotic taste because it has pineapple and cherry tomatoes as ingredients too, and plus the smokey flavour of the grilled duck as well, which in a normal red curry dish with beef does not have them in it, and no smokey taste either. And since this dish also has pineapple in it, therefore it’s also an ideal dish for summer – very sensational.

Thai people make red curry dish regularly for the whole family because it’s simple to make, easy to find ingredients, tastes good, and healthy. It’s a totally comfort family meal. We traditionally sit down and eat together the entire family with lots of different dishes. It’s a happy time since Thai people live together as a big family. And dinner time is where all family members assemble. So, at dinner time there will mostly be about 7+ people gather around dinner table, or sit on a mat on a floor, having dinner together, sharing dishes, asking each other to pass the dishes along, and chatting. It’s one of the most enjoyable times we, as a family, do together.

We also help each other prepare food since there’s a lot of dishes to make. It depends on how big a family is. But we have at least about 4-5 dishes and up. So, it is also the time that family members get to spend some quality time together. And for women, then it is also a time that they will learn cooking skills. The recipes are also, typically, being passed down from generation to generation. I, personally, love being in the kitchen, learning all the herbs and their benefits from my mum, how useful they are to our body, health, and beauty, how to use them in different dishes, and so on. And at the same time I also got to smell the nice, aromatic fragrances from the variety of dishes that were being cooked ready for the dinner.

Okay, today I will not only show you how to make barbecued duck breast red curry dish, but also the red curry paste, and how to make roasted duck as well – a more simple version. It’s quite expensive to buy roasted duck, so why not make it yourself. It’s super easy to make. So, everything is being made from scratch. Super healthy and money saving, huh? And don’t worry, even though you will also have to prepare the red curry paste, but this dish will take less than 30 minutes to make. Very quick & simple. Let’s get started!

Barbecued Duck Breast Red Curry

For 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 Duck breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons dark soy sauce
  • 1-2 Teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons palm sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 300 Grams pineapple, chopped (you can buy in a can or fresh)
  • 200 Grams plum tomatoes or cherry tomatoes (I use plum tomatoes because they taste more sweet)
  • 4-5 Kaffir lime leaves, sliced
  • 1 Handful sweet basil leaves (optional)
  • 3-5 Red bird’s eye chillies, sliced (optional)
  • 500 Grams coconut milk
  • 250 Grams water
  • 2-3 Tablespoons cooking oil

For red curry paste:

  • 3 Big cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 5 Shallots, chopped
  • 5 Peppercorns
  • 5 Dried, big red chilies, removed the seeds and soaked for about 5 minutes or until they are soft (you can use less or more chilies if you want)
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Whole lemongrass, sliced
  • 2 Teaspoons chopped coriander root
  • 1 Teaspoon coriander seeds

  • 1 Teaspoon cumin

  • 1 Teaspoon shrimp paste

  • 1 Teaspoon finely sliced galangal (optional)
  • 1 Teaspoon finely sliced kaffir lime peel (optional)

Method:

duck breast

1. Marinate the duck breasts in light and dark soy sauces.

grilled duck breasts

barbecue duck

2. Grill them in the oven on high heat for 15 minutes.

roasted spices

3. While you are waiting for the duck you can begin to prepare the curry paste. Roast the coriander seeds and cumin. Then pound together coriander seeds, cumin, and peppercorns to obtain a fine paste. Transfer to a bowl and put aside

mortar and pestle

4. Pound dried chilies and salt together well. Add lemongrass, coriander roots, garlic, shallots (and galangal + kaffir lime peel, if you want to use them as well), and pound until mixed well. Then add the coriander seeds mixture and shrimp paste, continue to pound until smooth and fine.

grilled duck

grilled duck breasts

5. After 15 Minutes take the ducks out, slice them in well sized pieces. The meat should look a little bit pink like this, and that’s what we want.

making curry paste

6. Heat oil in wok over medium heat. When the oil is hot add the curry paste. Stir well, continue to stir fry until it begins to have an aromatic scent.

coconut milk

coconut milk with curry paste

7. Add about 200 g coconut milk.

making Thai red curry

8. Continue to cook and stir until the coconut milk mixes well with the curry paste.

duck red curry

9. Add the barbecued duck and keep stirring for about 5 Minutes. Then add the remaining coconut milk, water, tomatoes, pineapples, kaffir lime leaves, palm sugar, salt, and fish sauce. At this point, you can increase the heat a little bit.

roasted duck red curry

10. Continue to stir until boil. Then add chilli and sweet basil, if you want to add them as well, continue to cook and stir for about a couple more minutes, then remove from heat.

barbecued duck breast red curry

11. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with freshly cooked jasmine rice, and enjoy!

Note: If you make it for kids as well you can put as little chilli as you wish. And the dish will still taste delicious, which kids will love it too. A really tasty family meal, indeed. And all of the ingredients are so simple that you can buy them anywhere.

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Sequin Straw Beach Tote For Summer

This straw beach tote really symbolises summer warmth, sun, and beach. It’s being decorated with sequins, which makes this beach tote, or everyday tote, cute and fabulous! It also has inner pockets for your mobile phone, makeup, and more. So, it’s pretty handy too.

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Handmade sequin straw beach tote £19.

straw bag with draw string closure

It has cotton lining top cover with draw string closure to protect your stuff.

handmade straw beach tote with inner pockets, including side wall zipper pocket and mobile pocket

And the inner pockets, including side wall zipper pocket, mobile phone pocket, oyster card pocket (you know how difficult it is to find your oyster card on a bus in your bag full of million of things in it), and the like. Super useful, so you can keep your things organised!

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Facial Oil for Sensitive Skin/Eczema

I am still testing and working on my natural skincare products. I will not begin to make them yet, until I am happy with the result. Right now, I am testing an another facial oil which is full of anti-inflammatory ingredients to hydrate, heal, and sooth inflamed, sensitive, and eczema skin types. I myself have combination skin, but my skin can also be quite sensitive sometimes. So I have to be careful which beauty product I am going to use on my face. I get acne very easily. So I also have acne-prone skin. And this facial oil will, hopefully, solve the problem I have with my skin.

I took a photo of my face before use this morning, so I have something to prove and compare after. I will use it day and night every day, then give it some time to work. Well, I am pretty excited with the outcome already!

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Passive Aggressive

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A Wish

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My New Blog

Hi, I have moved my blog to my new domain name, buppha.com. From now on I will post all my blog posts there instead. See you there!

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When You Were Young

Good memories are always with you wherever you are. I can never forget the good time I had with my classmates when we went camping together, when we were about 14 years old. We were a group of 5-6 people went to Khao Yai National Park, which is located in Pak Chong district that belongs to the city of Nakhon Ratchasima – my hometown. And Pak Chong is, indeed, closer to Bangkok than the Nakhon Ratchasima province itself.

We rented a car and drove up the Khao Yai mountain. It took us only about half an hour to get up there. And while we were driving we saw many wild animals all the way up. We saw wild pig and monkey for example. We also heard some noises of wild elephants, which made us scared and drove faster to reach our destination. But, we also had to be careful not to drive too irresponsibly, otherwise we would drive straight down into the valley since sometimes the street is very winding – one side is the mountain, and the other side is a very steep, paramount valley (it could be a whole city down there). I couldn’t even see the bottom of it, but the trees and lush forest.

When we got there we camped in our tent just in the middle of the jungle up in the mountain. We were so excited and full of joy. We sang around the campfire, played guitar, drank, made our food, and just enjoyed the moment of adventure. In the morning, I and one of my friends walked through the wood to get to the waterfall – to take a shower in which some of us were already there, and they would get back soon. So, we must be hurry to be able to walk back together with them since we didn’t want to wander around in the forest just the two of us.

It took us almost an hour to get there. Some of the staff of the national park authority had warned us that we have to watch out for the tigers and stuff like that when we walk around in the park. So, I was so paranoid – looked right and left, and behind my back – all the way to the waterfall.

It was worth the trip, and the fear. When we got to the waterfall all I saw right in front of my eyes was the beautiful cascade in the middle of the green forest, and my buddies just swam around cheerfully and happily. I felt like I have just found a treasure that was being hidden for years.

That was my once-in-a-lifetime experience, indeed – not that, I have never seen a waterfall after that. But, the whole trip, camping, tour the jungle, the wildlife, being with good buddies, young and carefree, and just be in the moment was actually an unforgettable adventure that will always stay in my memory for as long as I live.

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