Blood Orange Lemonade

I wanted something like the Ginger Lemonade but without going out into the cold to buy the ginger syrup. So I made it myself. I also added the juice of blood oranges, since they are in season.

Ingredients for the syrup:
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
zest of 1 lemon
A large root of ginger
2 yunnan peppers

Ingredients for the lemonade:
1 1/2 cup of lemon juice
1 cup of blood orange juice
4 cups of water


1. In a sauce pot, combine the ingredients for the syrup.

2. Bring to a boil. Then remove from the heat and allow to steep as it cools.

3. Strain out and set aside.

4. Squeeze the lemon juice (takes about a 2lb bag of lemons). Strain out the pits and the pulp.

5. Repeat with the blood oranges.

6. Combine in a pitcher. Add the water and 1 cup of the spiced simple syrup. Mix well. Serve over ice.


Shawarma style chicken wraps

There are a lot of “do ahead” steps, but they don’t all need to be done at the same time.

Notes for next time :

  • Cook the chicken on a grill to let the fat drip away
  • Roast the garlic for the yogurt sauce.

Ingredients :
8 chicken thighs
Pita bread

For the marinade
3 table soup olive oil
1 tea spoon cumin
1 tea spoon paprika
1 tea spoon turmeric
1 tea spoon salt
4 garlic cloves, minced
Zest and juice of a lemon
Zest and juice of an orange
Black pepper, to taste

For the garnish
1 red onion
1/2 cup greek yogurt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 table spoon olive oil
1 tomato, diced
Bread and butter pickles
Iceberg lettuce


1. Combine the yogurt, garlic and olive oil for the garnish, Set aside and allow to mellow overnight.

2. Thinly slice the onion, cover with cold water. Cover and put in the fridge overnight.

3. Combine the marinade’s spices and grind them to a rough powder.

4. In a large bowl, combine all of the marinade ingredients.

5. And stir to dissolve the spices.

6. Remove the skin and bones from the chicken. Cut each thigh in half. Put in the marinade and stir to coat. Cover and marinade overnight.

7. Pre-heat the oven to 350F. Cook the chicken on both sides to get some color.

8. Finish in the oven until cooked through.

9. Open the pita bread. Slather with some yogurt sauce. Add the chicken, tomato, lettuce, onions, and pickles to taste. Roll and enjoy.


Pumpkin and cranberries muffin

I am not a huge fan of pumpkin pie. But I can eat a whole tray of these muffin without blinking… you have been warned.

2 cups flour
1 tea spoon baking soda
1 tea spoon baking powder
1 tea spoon salt
1/2 tea spoon ground cinnamon
1/2 tea spoon ground cloves
1/2 tea spoon ground ginger
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
zest of one orange
1 tea spoon vanilla
1 cup orange juice
2 cups cranberries

1. Pre-heat the oven to 325F
In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt.

2. In the bowl of a mixer, combine the butter and sugar. Cream the butter until light and fluffy, scrapping down the sides a few times.

3 . Add the eggs one at the time, mixing well between each.

4. Add the puree, orange zest and vanilla extract.

5. Add the orange juice and stir well to combine.

6. Stir in the flours in 3 times.

7.  Remove from the mixer. Fold in the cranberries with a spatula.

8. Spoon into a muffin tin lined with paper liners (or a good non-stick muffin tin).

9.  Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool in the tins for 5 minutes or so then transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Duck Magret with and an orange sauce

Not quite a proper Duck à l’orange, but very good sweet and sour sauce to go with the gaminess of the duck.

Ingredients :
1/4 cup sugar
2 table spoons water
2 table spoons Sherry wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups orange juice
2 minced shallots
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
4 oranges
2 duck magrets
1/4 cup butter
zest of 1 orange


1. In a medium, thick bottom, pot combine the sugar and water. Heat on medium-low heat until it turns a deep amber.

2. Keep an eye on the sugar and brush down any crystals forming on the sides with a wet pastry brush. In the mean time, chop the shallots and measure the orange juice and vinegar.

3. You want the caramel about this color.

4. While holding the pot away from you add the vinegar. It will steam and hiss.

5. Add the orange juice and shallots. Mix well to combine. Bring to a simmer.

6. Allow to reduce until about 2/3 is gone (about 1/2 cup liquid remaining).

7. Add the chicken broth and mix well. Bring back to a simmer.

8. Reduce until about half the liquid is gone. Set aside.

9. Trim excess fat from the magrets. Score the fat in a crisscross pattern. Try not to cut the flesh.

10. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Put fat side down in a cold skillet and turn on the heat to medium. Render out the fat (draining the skillet as needed). Turn and color the flesh side, then transfer to a 350F oven (fat side down) to finish cooking.

11. Use the same skillet and the rendered fat to cook your vegetable sides.

12. Bring the sauce back to temperature. Add the orange zest.

13. using a small sharp knife peel the oranges. Cut out the segments.

14. Whisk the butter into the sauce.
The duck should be done by now. Take it out of the oven and allow it to rest for about 10 minutes.

15. Gently mix in the orange segments (discarding any excess liquid)

16. Slice the magrets, serve immediately with the sauce and orange segments.