Feathers fly over duck pot roast.
A I don’t get this one. C As usual, I will attempt to make it easy for you. So, you slice the potatoes. A Of course. Potatoes, again. C Stop talking. Basically, we’re going to use the vegetables as a trivet. That will stop the duck sticking to the pot, and the duck will add loads of flavour to the veg. We’ll use fennel, star anise, garlic, some bay. Then we’ll serve it with potatoes. Do you want to know the smartest bit? A Smart? You? Go on then. C Yes, actually. When we seal the duck first, we’ll drain the fat and use that to cook the vegetables, and also toss some with the potatoes before we roast them.
A I’m going to give you that. That is pretty good. I love the pot roast. But I’m not sure about the duck pot roast.
C I like pot roast because you put it in the middle of the table and you just go for it. It’s like a sharing feast. One-pot wonder. And duck is perfect for a pot roast!
A I just don’t think it’s been done for ages. But maybe it should come back.
C So, like I just said, my recipe works. We even have plums in there!
A My mum used to do pot roast all the time. Isn’t it just a stew? C Yeah, but pot roast sounds better. A Isn’t duck with plums a bit daggy? C It’s duck and plums; it’s peas in a pod, like salt and pepper!
A Have you even checked that plums are in season?
C Of course they are. But if you don’t have plums you can do peaches. If you haven’t got peaches you can do nectarines. Apples. Anything with a bit of sweetness.
A That makes this a real winner. People of Australia are going to thank us. Versatility and something different.
C It’s a great Easter dish. Great for a special occasion.
A We shouldn’t just make it for a special occasion, though. This is very different to people’s Chinese-style duck or traditional French-style duck. People usually buy duck in pieces, but it’s Easter – it’s a great time to buy a whole duck. I think people have been nervous about buying whole ducks. We think, ‘How am I going to cook it? How do I make this work?’ This is a good recipe because, to be honest with you, by default of the pot roast you are going to cook the duck through. Just because of the way you cook it. C It’s trailer park duck! A Well, it’s just cooking it through, I mean. This is a great recipe for everyone to try. It’s introductory duck. C Intro-duck-tory duck! A You can’t duck it up!