Christmas in Melbourne this year was Hot and Sultry in the morning......and then came the storms. Not one, not two but around 5 throughout the day!
I'm not talking about a bit of thunder either but full on lightning, thunder, hail and rain.
The day started out a typical Melbourne summers day pretty warm and uncharacteristically sticky for Melbourne. Then the clouds rolled in but it was still quite hot. My sister and her partner along with my neice and her partner and their daughter came over for Christmas lunch. We had duck cooked slowly in the oven with roast vegies followed by cheesecake for desert. The duck i must say was a great success. I've never been a huge fan of Turkey and always found it rather dry so I decided duck would make a nice change and it did. Sadly I didnt have a chance to take pictures but I can tell you all i did to prepare it was the following.
I checked them every half hour or so and I must say they came out perfect. Crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside.
I made stock from the necks of the birds with water sage, garlic onion and some carrot. This i used to make the gravy. I didnt use the duck fat for the potatoes I cooked as to be honest i dont think its really that great, and olive oil with rosemary is healthier and tastier.
After lunch we sat around and chatted and then nature put on a real show for us. Huge hailstones the size of golf balls i swear were being thrown out of the sky at immense speed. Making so much noise we just couldnt hear each other talk. It was quite a day!