Cycle 13 – Item 157
11 (Sat) June 2022
Duck (Breast) à l’Orange
at Farmers Hill Camping Jang
-Hansagan, Sang, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
with MtG, KIT, KKH + CJH
Farmers Hill Camping Jang is a campground. 90 lots. By appointment only.
Whereas the car-accessible sites were fully booked, a “backpacker” section was available. Of 14 lots, only 6 were occupied, including 3 by us. The sites require a short but steep walk up stairs from the parking lot, which isn’t difficult per se but practically impossible with all the heavy gear that most families bring. Also, each deck is just large enough to accommodate a 1-2 person tent.
Our camping crew started out as a backpacking group (see 1.053 Franks & Beans), so we were happy to bust out the old gear. Took us a while to set up, as everyone had forgotten how. But the skills came back quick.
Duck à l’Orange is a French dish. Typically a whole roasted duck, coated in a thick orange-based sauce.
My only experience with the dish is hearing about it in the movie Babe, when the farmer’s wife slaughters Rosanna (a duck) to make duck à l’orange for Christmas dinner – “Christmas is carnage!”
In Cycle 3, I made a dish with duck and orange sauce (see 3.112 Pan-Grilled Duck Breast in Soy-Orange Sauce), but I can’t recall what had inspired it.
MtG’s version was awful. The duck, which he had pre-cooked sous vide at home then pan-grilled on the spot in his dumb pan, was weirdly fishy. The sauce was sickly sweet. Louis Le Pieux enjoyed it.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also CAMPING)