Sunday lunch

Slow Roast Duck Legs in a Red Wine Sauce

Slow Roast Duck Legs with a Red Wine Sauce

I made this as an alternative to a traditional Sunday roast. It is ridiculously simple and super tasty! I served it with roast potatoes, however you could have puy lentils as a very delicious healthy alternative.

Serves 4

4 Duck Legs

Chinese Five Spice

Bunch of Rosemary Sprigs

6 Fat Garlic Cloves

Half Bottle Red Wine

1-2 tbsp Redcurrant Jelly

Malden Sea Salt

Preheat oven to 170C

Place the garlic cloves and the rosemary in a layer at the bottom of a roasting tin.

Set the Duck Legs on top and sprinkle with s fine layer of Chinese five spice and salt.

Roast in the oven for one hour and fifteen minutes.

Whilst the Duck is in the oven, bring the wine and jelly to a gentle simmer, stirring to dissolve the jelly. Continue to simmer for another five minutes.

Once the Duck has been in for an hour and fifteen minutes, spoon off most of the fat and keep it for another time for roast potatoes.

Now add the red wine mixture and cook for a further 10-15 minutes to reduce.

Serve with veg of choice and some crispy roasties!


Gigot à la Cuillère

Gigot à la Cuillère

Gigot à la Cuillère

If you have ever been a bit disappointed by a leg of lamb….be it too fatty or too tough. This is the one for you, succulent and soft as butter…. I promise you will never cook lamb the way you used to ever again!!

Don’t be put off by the seven hours cooking it is dead easy!!

Gigot a la Cuillère….


1 (3 kg) leg of lamb
4 onions, peeled and sliced
8 -12 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
4 large carrots, peeled and quartered lengthways
300 ml white wine
300 ml stock
2 tablespoons armagnac or 2 tablespoons madeira wine
salt and pepper
3 sprigs fresh thyme

Preheat the oven to 120 degrees C or 248 F, gas mark 1/2. Season the leg of lamb with salt and pepper to taste.

Put the casserole or roasting tin on the hob and brown the lamb thoroughly on all sides (it is important to do this now as the meat will not brown in the oven). If the lamb sticks add a little oil to the casserole. Drain away any fat that has gathered in the bottom of the pan.

Add the vegetables to the casserole along with the white wine and stock. Season and bring to the boil.

Put on the lid or cover tightly with tin foil and place in the pre heated oven. Bake for 7 hours, turning twice during this time. The meat will be cooked after 5 hours and offer no resistance to the knife.

The meat requires no resting time when cooked in this way. Transfer the meat and vegetables to a serving platter. Strain the meat juices into a jug and pour or blot away the fat with kitchen paper. Pour the juices into a pan and boil vigorously until reduced by a quarter.

Adjust the seasoning and add the Armagnac or Madeira. Garnish the lamb with the sprigs of thyme and serve with the sauce. Use a spoon to carve and serve the lamb – a la Cuillère as the French call it. It is deeeelish!!