Out Of This World
Woolworths TASTE|August 2019
Out Of This World

No budget for world travel? That’s no reason not to eat your way around the globe. Phillippa Cheifitz’s five best internationally inspired recipes starring duck legs, curried mussels, slow-roasted lamb and sticky pork are designed to take you places

ROAST DUCK LEGS WITH TURNIPS, THYME, AND HONEY

“Duck and turnips are a French classic but I like to do a mix of pale root vegetables, including celeriac and parsnips. Always choose young (not baby) veg, avoiding older, woody ones.”

Serves 4

EASY

GREAT VALUE

Preparation: 30 minutes

Cooking: 1 hour

duck leg portions 4 (about 200 g each)

turnips 1.5 kg (or a mix of pale root vegetables such as parsnips, turnips, and celeriac), peeled and cut into chunks

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

fresh thyme 1 t

chicken stock 1 cup

honey 2 T

lemon juice 2 T

watercress, to garnish

1 Prick the duck skin all over, then pour boiling water over it. Drain, then place skin-side down in a cold, nonstick pan. 2 Cook over low heat until the skin is crisp and golden. Turn over and briefly brown the other side. It should take about 15 minutes. 3 Meanwhile, spread the vegetables on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Season and add the thyme. Once the duck portions are ready, remove from the pan and set aside. Season to taste. Pour the fat in the pan over the tray of vegetables. 4 Roast the vegetables at 220°C for 30 minutes or until just tender. Place the reserved duck on the same tray, skin-side up, and roast for 15 minutes or until just cooked and still moist. 5 Using the same pan you used to cook the duck, mix the stock, honey and lemon juice. Gently heat to blend, then spoon over the duck and vegetables. Roast for a further 5 minutes. Garnish with watercress.

HEALTH-CONSCIOUS, DAIRY-FREE, WHEAT- AND GLUTEN-FREE

WINE: Grangehurst Cabernet 2014

SLOW-ROASTED GREEK-STYLE LAMB

“Only 20 minutes, then the lamb takes care of itself. I like a simple slaw on the side: shredded baby cabbage, lightly dressed with lemon juice and olive oil. But you may prefer a crisp lettuce salad with olives, cucumber, and tomato.”

Serves 6 to 8

EASY

GREAT VALUE

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cooking: 3½ hours

free-range leg of lamb 1 x 2.2 kg

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August 2019