Cinnamon adds complexity to this slow-cooked pasta sauce, which goes perfectly with large tubular paccheri pasta, or ribbons of pappardelle
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 duck legs
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 2 fat garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp plain flour
- 250ml red wine
- 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
- 1 chicken stock cube, made up to 250ml
- 3 rosemary sprigs, leaves picked and chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 tbsp milk
- 600g paccheri or pappardelle pasta
- Parmesan, grated, to serve
MethodAdd the duck legs and brown on all sides for about 10 mins. Remove to a plate and set aside. Add the onions to the pan and cook for 5 mins until softened. Add the garlic and cook for a further 1 min, then stir in the cinnamon and flour and cook for a further min. Return the duck to the pan, add the wine, tomatoes, stock, herbs, sugar and seasoning. Bring to a simmer, then lower the heat, cover with a lid and cook for 2 hrs, stirring every now and then.
- 2 duck legs
- 2 potatoes, skin on
- 85g podded broad beans
- 1 red chicory, separated into leaves
- good handful watercress
- 2 ready-cooked beetroot
- 8 tbsp red wine such as Merlot (drink the rest with the meal)
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp redcurrant jelly
- 1 tsp liquid chicken stock (I used Knorr Touch of taste)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Prick the skin of the duck with a fork, rub with salt and black pepper, then place in a roasting tin and roast for 50 mins until the skin is golden and crisp.
- Meanwhile, boil the potatoes for 10 mins until almost tender, drain, peel, then cut into cubes. Add to the tin with the duck, toss in the fat that has come from the skin, then roast for the final 30 mins of the duck’s cooking time or until golden.
- Make the dressing. Put the wine and shallot in a pan, then boil to reduce by half. Add the redcurrant jelly and stock, then stir until melted. Stir in the olive oil.
- Boil the beans for 7-8 mins, drain, then peel away the thick skin to reveal the bright green inside. Arrange the chicory and watercress in large shallow bowls with the beetroot and beans. Shred the duck and pile onto the salad with the potatoes. Drizzle with the dressing.
- Score the skin of the duck, place them skin-side down in a cold heavy-based frying pan. Turn the heat to high and let the duck slowly warm; this will render the fat from the skin, so you get a better texture and flavour, about 10 mins.
- Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to the boil and add a dash of the oyster sauce to it. Boil the bok choi for 2 mins until wilted, drain and set aside. Reduce the heat under the duck, cook for a few more mins, then remove from the pan. When cool enough to handle slice the duck thinly.
- Pour 1 tbsp of the fat from the duck into a wok with the oil and place over a high heat. Throw the duck in to the hot fat and let it cook for 3 mins until coloured. Add the bok choi and oyster sauce, stir well, simmer for 2 mins and serve.
- 4 medium duck breasts, skin on
- 2 cos or Ruby gem lettuces
- 150g bag radishes, thinly sliced
- 3 spring onions, cut into long strips
- 2 pink grapefruit, segmented
- 400g watermelon, cut into thumb-size chunks
- good handful each mint, coriander and Thai basil, leaves picked
- 100g bag roasted salted cashews, roughly chopped
- 1 red and 1 green bird's-eye chilli, deseeded and chopped
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tbsp palm sugar or light muscovado sugar
- 1 tbsp tamarind paste (see tip, below)
- Place the duck breasts, skin-side up, on a board. Score the skin all the way through, cutting down to, but not into, the flesh. Make sure you score all the way to the edges. This will ensure the skin doesn’t pull the flesh in as it shrinks.
- Season the skin with a generous amount of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place the duck, skin-side down, in a solid heavy-based cold pan, then put the pan over a medium heat. Now do not touch anything, do not move the pan. What will happen over the next 10-12 mins is that the fat under the skin will slowly melt, then the skin will brown and go crisp. Once all the fat has run from the skin, there will be a good 1-2cm of duck fat in the pan. Spoon off the excess fat, season the flesh side now (not before), then turn the duck over. Cook for 2 mins, then increase the temperature to full for just 1 min. Take off the heat, then leave in the pan to rest for 5 mins.
- For the dressing, put all the ingredients into a small food processor and whizz. Remove the 2 outer leaves from each head of lettuce and discard, then peel the leaves away, one at a time. Lay them out on a big serving plate.
- Thinly slice the duck, then toss with the radishes, spring onions, grapefruit, watermelon, herbs and some of the dressing. Spread over the leaves and scatter the nuts over the top. Drizzle more dressing over and serve.