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A Christmas Menu & Birthday Dinner with Roast Duck

A Christmas Menu & Birthday Dinner with Roast Duck

Its was my birthday yesterday, and after a very unration like lunch of smoked salmon omelettes with unexpected (but very welcome) visitors, I cooked a duck for dinner.

I was inspired by this menu plan from 1935 when duck was very popular, and the main dish at most Christmas dinners.

  

Those directions for cooking the duck are so precise!

Then I found this recipe from 1933.  
 

1933 recipe for roast duck

1933 recipe for roast duck

 
It sounded way to complicated (and I used a supermarket duck not one from my small breeding flock) so I decided to stuff it with the raisin stuffing then cook it just like my slow roasted lamb – scored and seasoned for about 4 hours at 150*c/300*F. I turned the oven up for another 30 minutes to brown the skin and make it crispy, as I do with pork.

The oysters were local and fresh (and the biggest I have ever seen) so I simply served them in their shells with lime slices, and one prawn because everyone wanted one. 

Giant Aussie oysters,  prawn and lime wedges make a simple first course!

Giant Aussie oysters, prawn and lime wedges make a simple first course!

 

Orange salad seems to be the thing traditionally served with roast duck, and I found this simple recipe from 1940 – 

1940 recipe for orange salad to accompany roast duck

1940 recipe for orange salad to accompany roast duck

  
Slow roasted crispy skin duck with roast potaoatoes aand orange sallad

Slow roasted crispy skin duck with roast potaoatoes aand orange sallad

 

As I don’t have a maid, as I probably would have in prewar 1935, we skipped the soup course, and  lovely Miss 14 made chocolate mousse for dessert, with real cream and dark chocolate instead of the Xmas pudding.
Everyone would like a repeat of the meal for Christmas, although I have warned my husband that we will not be eating our own duck this year… May be in 2016. 

Fomaily dinner with grandmas crocheted table cloth and vintage dinnerset

 

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About thewartimewoman

I love history, fashion, art and design, especially of the 1930s to the 1960s. I am also a mother, wife, interior decorator & a treasure hunter who wishes she could drive a 1933 Delage. I studied Architecture at Melbourne university, briefly, and completed a Diploma of Art in Interior Design at the Melbourne College of Decoration in 1991. I have worked on an off as a decorator ever since, in between stints as a florist, balloon artist, having my five children and helping my husband in his law firm. in my spare time I love researching history, blogging and gardening.

5 responses »

  1. Happy birthday,
    Can’t wait until you cook a golden goose.

    Reply
  2. Just a shame you had to cook your own dinner, happy birthday..

    Reply
  3. Just about ALL my favorites!!! Drooling before Christmas!!

    Reply

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