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  • Chinese Five Spice Duck with Bitter Salad by Karen Martini
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    Chinese Five Spice Duck with Bitter Salad by Karen Martini
    This recipe was the easiest thing to put together and photograph. I didn't prep, nor expect it to turn out quite like it did. It's funny how the harder I try, the less successful the outcome. No matter how often this happens I still love that little surprise at the end when I am astonished by my own cooking. This is my first attempt at five-spice anything. It must seem silly that I've started off by using a Chinese recipe from an Italian chef - even when I have quite a few Asian cookbooks in my collection. This particular recipe jumped out at me and I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did. I made some slight alterations (because I was lazy), this turned out to be super easy, delicious and pleased my toughest critic... Mum. Recipe adapted from Where the Heart Is by Karen Martini Ingredients 3 duck breasts on the bone 1 tablespoon salt flakes 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder 1 head radicchio, trimmed handful of watercress leaves 1/2 red onion, finely sliced 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil your favourite mash potatoes [1] Wash the duck breast, pluck away any stray hairs and pat dry with a paper towel [2] Place ducks on a tray, uncovered, in the fridge for 12-24 hours before cooking [3] Preheat oven to 225 degrees [4] Combine salt, pepper and Chinese five-spice powder in a mortar and pestle…