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Sex and The City — Human Sushi Platter and Manhattan Duck

Sex and The City — Human Sushi Platter and Manhattan Duck

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This time, we're making recipes that give a nod to one of Laura's favorite films, 2008's Sex and The City. Loom forward to a posh, alcohol-soaked duck recipe and a sushi spread displayed on a human platter.

Recipe

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‘Manhattan’ Duck with Endive

Ingredients

  • Bourbon whisky (100 milliliters)

  • Cherry brandy (50 milliliters)

  • 1 tablespoon of angostura bitters

  • Handful of muscavado sugar (50g)

  • A few sprigs of rosemary

  • A few sprigs of thyme

  • 2 duck breasts

  • Large maris piper potatoes (800g)

  • Whole milk (150 milliliters)

  • Unsalted butter (150g)

  • 2 endives

  • 3 tablespoons of caster sugar

  • A glug of vermouth

  • A handful of kirsch soaked cherries

Instructions

  1. Add the bourbon, kirsch, bitters, sugar, rosemary and thyme into a large bowl for the marinade.

  2. Submerge the duck breasts in the marinade and leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight).

  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

  4. Scatter the potatoes with plenty of salt and bake for 1 1/4 hours.

  5. Melt the butter in the milk and keep warm.

  6. Use a clean tea towel to peel the hot baked potatoes.

  7. Mash the potato middles using a potato ricer (or a masher) and season well.

  8. Stir the milk and butter into the potatoes a little at a time, incorporating well and keep the mash warm.

  9. Remove the duck breasts from the marinade. Dry them well.

  10. Season the duck and place skin side down in a dry pan.

  11. Cook the breasts over a medium heat, discarding any fat every so often.

  12. Remove the ducks from the heat when the skin is deep golden brown and crispy (about 10 minutes).

  13. Turn the duck breasts over and put the pan in the oven for 10 minutes.

  14. Halve the endives then remove the cores and the outermost leaves.

  15. Sprinkle the endives with 1 tablespoon of caster sugar and place in a hot dry pan.

  16. Caramelise well, then pour in the marinade, vermouth and chuck in the cherries.

  17. Cover the endive and cook for 5 minutes, until tender. Remove the endive, turn the heat up and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of caster sugar.

  18. Bubble the remaining marinade until it becomes a sticky sauce.

  19. Serve the duck with a good helping of mash, a half of endive and a generous drizzle of sauce.

Human Sushi Platter

Ingredients

  • Sushi rice (250g)

  • Water (275 milliliters)

  • Rice vinegar (60 milliliters)

  • Caster sugar (30g)

  • 1 pork fillet

  • 1 avocado

  • 1 cucumber

  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon of wasabi paste

  • 3 nori sheets

  • A small handful of toasted sesame seeds

  • A small handful of pickled ginger

  • 6 king prawns, cooked

  • 1 rump steak, seared

  • Soy sauce, for dipping

Instructions

  1. Wash the rice in water until the water becomes almost clear.

  2. Drain the rice and add to a saucepan with the 275 milliliters of water.

  3. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat, cover the saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes before removing from the heat.

  4. Heat another small saucepan and add the vinegar, sugar and half a teaspoon of salt.

  5. Dissolve the sugar then pour it over the cooked rice, transfer to a tray and spread out to cool and dry slightly.

  6. Preheat an oven to 200°C.

  7. Season the pork well with salt and pepper and heat oil in a pan.

  8. Add the pork and brown the fillet all over then stick it in the oven for 10 minutes, until the pork is just cooked through.

  9. Remove the pork from the oven and let it rest, saving the juices.

  10. Slice the avocado, cucumber and pork fillet into long strips, about 0.5x0.5 centimeters.

  11. Mix half of the mayonnaise with the wasabi and the other half with the pork juices.

  12. Cover your sushi mat with a sheet of clingfilm.

  13. Cut the nori sheets in half to get two rectangles.

  14. Spread one nori rectangle with a layer of compact sushi rice, leaving a lip of nori along the long side of the sheets. Repeat with the second sheet, without pushing the rice right to edge without leaving the lip.

  15. Scatter some toasted sesame seeds over the rectangle without the lip and flip the sheet over so that the rice is on the bottom.

  16. Lay the cucumber and pickled ginger along one long side of the nori sheet, end to end. Arrange the pork fillet along side the vegetables.

  17. Use the mat to roll up the nori around the filling, ensuring that the mat is not folded into the rice.

  18. Compress the roll with the mat.

  19. Remove the roll from the mat and refrigerate for 20 minutes before slicing into 8 bite-sized pieces.

  20. Grab the remaining rectangle of rice and nori and place onto the sushi mat, nori side down.

  21. Lay the avocado along the middle of the rice end to end.

  22. Snap the prawns in half and arrange in lines either side of the avocado.

  23. Use the mat to roll up the nori around the filling, ensuring that the mat is not folded into the rice.

  24. Compress the roll with the mat, then leave to rest in the fridge before slicing.

  25. Use wet hands to shape a small blob of rice.

  26. Repeat until you have 8 rectangles of about 2 centimetersx3 centimeters.

  27. Slice the beef into thin strips and drape over the rice.

  28. Serve the sushi with a soy sauce dip.

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Transcript

- Hello and welcome to Bite Club. I'm Laura and this is Jack. - Hello. - And today we're looking at the brilliant film that is Sex in the City. And these dishes have got a little more class and a bit sexy. Got a lot more sophistication. - Apart from the end where this happened. - Mm, hum. Is it tasty? - Yes it is. - [Laura] Is it really good? - [Laura] Mine's warm. - Can I just ask... How did you know I loved this movie? - I just did. - Our first dish for Sex in the City is Manhattan Duck. It's a really lovely dish. It's a take on the Manhattan cocktail while adding a savory twist with the duck. For the cocktail part of the dish we've got some bitters, some bourbon, and some cherry brandy. - This is a very alcoholic duck. Give me two shots, leave the bottle. - And the sugar, the muscovado sugar is gonna offset the alcohol. - That smells really good. - Doesn't it? This is what the girl in Sex in the City always drunk. - With the duck in it. - No, not with the duck. - Just out of the bowl as well. I need it! - We're gonna add some rosemary. - Okay. - And some thyme. Preferably, you'd leave this overnight to marinate in the fridge. But if you haven't got time one to two hours is okay. Should we put it by the fridge? - [Jack] Yeah, sure, I'll do that. - While the duck's marinating in the fridge we want to get on with our potatoes. It's really simple. You get your potatoes put them on the tray. - All of them? - All of them. And then we're gonna cover it with some salt but lots and lots of salt. - That is a lot of salt. - Right. So Jack, could you put these in the oven for me? - [Jack] Absolutely. - They're gonna go in for an hour and fifteen minutes. - [Jack] Okay, what comes next? - We're just gonna melt some butter with some milk in a saucepan. Now we're gonna add the really delicious melted mix to the potatoes make a really creamy mash. There's no way the Sex in the City girls would be having mashed potatoes laced with butter and milk. I think they'd probably just order a side salad. I think so would I. Jack's just been to get the duck from the fridge. Now all we need to do is pat the duck dry. It's a bit like giving the girls from Sex in the City a really nice hug. Really nice. I'm gonna cook that for about five minutes until the skin's really nice and crispy and then we're gonna finish it off in the over for another five minutes just so the duck's cooked through thoroughly. - My fingers smell of alcohol. - While the duck's cooking we're ready to do the endive so what we need to do is put these that you've chopped very nicely - [Jack] Thank you into the pan. Sprinkle over the caster sugar like this. And then could you turn them all face down in the powder? Yes, perfect. Then add a little bit more sugar and basically what we want them to do is caramelize on the bottom and we want to add the rest of the marinade from the duck, some vermouth, a little bit more sugar and some cherries and let that bubble away. Once the endives are cooked we want to take them out and let the sauce reduce by half. I'm gonna plate it with some lovely mashed potatoes. - Laura, you have done a great job with this. - This is a really good good mashed potato. - Looks very creamy. - Finally, this really rich, lovely sauce. We smell that. - Cherry on top. Nah. - Oh, this looks delicious. - I want to try it. Going for the duck. Straight for the duck. - Is it nice? - I don't know yet. - Mmm, let me try that bit you've got. I've got a bit of everything. - Mmm, oh, that's a nice combination. - Mmm, that's gorgeous. - The savory with the sweet really just brings in the flavors. It's really really great. - The alcohol as well. It's all been cooked off so it just leaves a really sweet caramelized kind of taste in your mouth. I would not order the salad. I repeat, I would not order the salad. So good! - You could use this in audio, "Mmm". Just for audio, "Mmm". Delicious. - This is my last bit now. I would never ordinarily think to put a cocktail with a savory dish but you would not believe how well it works. I mean, what else you think it would work with? That's a good question actually. - Write in the comments below. What other cocktails do you think you could combine with other savory meals? Be interested to see that. - Mojito and some chicken? - Try it. Post in your response. - Welcome to Film Corner. Here are my top five facts about Sex in the City. Film fact number 1. The Vivienne Westwood wedding dress that Carrie gets comes with a note and apparently it's written by Vivienne Westwood herself. Film fact number 2. When Carrie is coloring in with Lily she paints the Cinderella shoe blue this is in reference to the blue Manolo that Big places on her foot at the end of the film. Film fact number 3. When Carrie's in bed reading Love Letters of Great Men that she borrows from the library this book never existed. But the fans really wanted the book to exist so they published it. Film fact number four. It cost an estimated $65,000,000 to make. And finally, Film Fact number five. Victoria Beckham was actually offered a cameo role in the film but she turned it down because she had... Nothing else to do. There's a really famous scene in the movie where Samantha is waiting for Smith to come home from work and she covers herself in sushi as a little present for him. And in tribute to that scene, we're gonna be making sushi actually served off a human body. You could try this at home with your girlfriend, boyfriend, neighbor even your grandma. - [Jack] Thanks, Laura. That was a pretty good film facts. It was not as good as mine but we'll carry on. Look at that. Mmm, sushi. Ignore the man. We'll come to that later. Now let me show you how to make sushi. It's quite complicated so stay with us. Wash the rice until the water becomes almost clear. Drain the rice. Add to a saucepan with 275 mL of water. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat. Cover the saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat. Heat another small saucepan add the vinegar, sugar, and half a teaspoon of salt. Dissolve the sugar, then pour it over the cooked rice. Stir gently until the rice becomes dry. Heat the oil in a pan and then add the pork. Brown the filet all over then stick it in the over for 10 minutes until the pork is cooked. Save the juices. Slice the avocado, cucumber, and pork filet into long strips. Mix half of the mayonnaise with he wasabi. Mix the other half of the mayo with the pork juices. Cover your sushi mat with a sheet of cling film. Cut the nori sheets in half and get two rectangles. Cover the nori with the sushi rice leaving a lip of nori along one of the long sides of one of the sheets. Scatter some toasted sesame seeds over one rectangle then flip the sheet over so that the rice is on the bottom. Set the other rectangle aside. Lay the cucumber and pickled ginger along one of the long sides of the nori sheet. Arrange the pork filet along the side of the vegetables. Use the mat to roll up the nori around the filling. Remove the roll from the mat and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Grab the remaining rectangle of rice and nori. Lay the avocado along one of the long sides of the nori sheet end to end snap the prawns in half and arrange in lines either sides of the avocado. Use the mat to roll up the nori around the filling. Compress the roll with the mat. Remove from the mat and slice into small rectangles. Slice the beef into thin strips and drape over the rice. Serve the sushi with a soy-sauce dip and on a person, if you want. You don't have to use a human platter but we recommend it. We've got our friend Mike here. Thanks, Mike. - Don't even like sushi. Well, now we're gonna eat it though. - [Laura] You go first. You definitely go first. - [Jack] Okay, you're not into this? - [Laura] Is it tasty? - [Jack] Yes it is. - Is it really good? - Mine's warm. - It's really tasty human. - You know what's really nice is the wasabi mayonnaise with the vinegar that's in the rice. And I really like how sticky the sushi rice is. - Yes, it is good. - It's really tasty. - The pork, that one's my favorite. The pork. - That one was good. You know I think you're right, actually. That was a sophisticated way of eating sushi. - It was and Mike looked pretty fair so if anyone wants his telephone number you can call him on-- - Next week, we're gonna be doing the Hunger Games so come back and enjoy that. We're gonna be all sorts of archery going on. Catching our own food. - Mike's made me hungry.

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