CHRISTMAS FOR TWO

Peachy Italian salad

6tbsp balsamic vinegar
1tbsp clear honey
2 large,ripe peaches,halved and stoned
15g butter,melted
125g pack mozzarella,drained and cut into 4
2 slices of prosciutto,cut into halves
sprigs of basil,to garnish

For the dressing,simmer the vinegar and honey in a pan for 3-4 mins until thick and syrupy.Taste-if its still a little vinegary,simmer for 1-2 mins more.Lay the peach halves face down on a baking sheet.Brush with butter and cook under a preheated grill for 3-4 mins.Turn over,brush with butter and cook for 2-3 mins more.Put 2 peach halves on each plate.Top each half with one slice of mozzarella and half a slice of prosciutto,then sprinkle with warm dressing and garnish with basil sprigs.

Duo of duck breast with an orange and cherry sauce

2 pack duck breast
15g butter
1 shallot,finely diced
zest of 1 clementine,plus the flesh ,peeled and chopped
4tbsp fresh orange juice
3tbsp cherry jam
fresh orange slices,to serve

Season the duck.Put into a cold frying pan,skin-side down.Turn up the heat to medium and cook for 5-6 mins or until skin is crisp,spooning away the fat as it renders out.Then cook on the other side for 4-5 mins,depending on how you like it.Lift onto a hot serving plate,cover with foil and a clean towel to keep warm,and set aside to rest.Melt the butter in a pan and gently cook the shallot for 2-3 mins until softened.Add the zest,chopped clementine and orange juice.Simmer for 1 min until it starts to thicken.Stir in the cherry jam and cook for a further 1 min,or until it becomes thick and syrupy.Cut the duck into thin,even slices and arrange on a plate.Serve with the sauce and orange slices.

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