Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 Spanish onion , peeled and sliced

  2. 1 red chilli , halved

  3. 1 carrot , roughly chopped

  4. 2 sticks celery , roughly chopped

  5. 2 litres chicken stock

  6. 2 cinnamon sticks

  7. 20 cardamom pods

  8. 10 strands saffron

  9. 4 star anise

  10. 6 cloves garlic , halved

  11. 100 ml clear honey

  12. 4 duck legs

  13. 350 g instant couscous

  14. 50 g butter , diced

  15. 2 tbsp raisins

  16. 2 tbsp toasted pine kernels

  17. 2 peaches , quartered

  18. 2 tbsp demerara sugar

  19. 1 tbsp cumin seeds

  20. 1 tbsp ground cumin

  21. 25 g butter

  22. 1 bunches watercress

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Method 1. Place the onion, chilli, carrot, celery and stock in a large pan. Add the cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, saffron, star anise, garlic and honey. Bring to a simmer.

  2. Add the duck legs to the stock. Cover with a circle of greaseproof paper (a cartouche), carefully pressing it down onto the surface of the liquid, then top with the lid. Simmer gently for approximately 1½ hours or until duck legs are tender and leave to cool.

  3. Remove the duck legs from the pan and strain the cooking liquor through a sieve. Either skim the fat from the surface, or refrigerate the liquor overnight then remove hard fat that has settled on the surface.

  4. Heat the cooking liquor until boiling. Ladle 350ml of the hot liquor into a jug to use for the couscous. Continue boiling the remaining liquor hard until it has reduced by half and thickened to a sauce.

  5. Place the couscous in a large heatproof bowl. Add the butter and raisins, then pour the 350ml of cooking liquor you measured over the couscous. Cover the bowl immediately with cling film, and leave for 3 minutes. Remove the film and fluff up the grains with a fork. Add the pine nuts and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  6. Preheat the oven to 220C/gas 7.

  7. To prepare the peaches, toss them with the sugar and both types of cumin. Place a frying pan over a high heat and when it is hot add the butter and peaches. Cook until the peaches are soft and coloured, shaking the pan occasionally.

  8. Reheat the duck legs on a baking tray in the hot oven. Just before serving, place them under a hot grill to caramelise the skin.

  9. To serve, place the couscous on serving plates and cover with the watercress. Top with the duck legs, peaches and sauce.


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