Saturday, May 16, 2009


bow of the USS Lemon Meringue
Originally uploaded by zen
Thomas has been gardening all day and is too knackered to cook. I checked the freezer and found we only had legs of lamb and turkeys that would feed 10 people. The kids are away this weekend so we had the choice of Chinese or a trip to ASDA. The Chinese won hands down.
We ordered a boring satay and a boring sweet and sour but decided to be adventurous and go for something different for a change to supplement these as two meals aren't enough, given Anna is a bottomless pit. We looked at the duck options. We'd tried them all before, except Duck in lemon sauce. Well it's nice in plum and it's nice in orange so we ordered the lemon.
Unlike a European who I presume would have added a hint of lemon so as not to make the dish too tart, the Chinese had gone for a different solution. They had juiced about 2 dozen lemons, sat the duck in it and to make sure we could cope with the bitterness, had added about a kilo of sugar for good measure. The result was exactly as I imagine Duck and Lemon meringue pie would taste. Yeuch! It was one of those tastes that didn't grow on you the more you had, on the contrary, it became more and more obscene. It definitely gets a rather large thumbs down from the Buchanan-Widmann household...
Mind you I now quite fancy a slice of lemon meringue pie and a nice cappuccino while I watch the Eurovision song contest.

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