Lacquered Duck with Grilled Figs

 

The sweet, rich flavour of chargrilled figs combined with pungent spices is spectacular with duck - serve simply with a peppery leaf salad

What you will need

4 duck breasts, each weighing about 200g/8oz

3 oranges, peeled and sliced across into rounds Orange or-ange One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

6 ripe figs, stalks trimmed Fig fig Although not juicy, the fig is an incredibly luscious fruit, with a delicate aroma and sweet…

1 tbsp olive oil Olive oil ol-iv oyl Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

2 tbsp dark muscovado sugar

3 tbsp clear honey

finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange Orange or-ange One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 fresh red chilli, seeded and finely chopped

1 tbsp coriander seeds, crushed Coriander seed kor-ee-and-er seed The small, creamy brown seeds of the coriander plant give dishes a warm, aromatic and slightly…

1 cinnamon stick Cinnamon sin-ah-mun A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

4 star anise Star anise star an-eese Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…

4 bay leaves, plus extra for garnish

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