Our seasonal recipe for caramelised honey-glazed duck breast, roasted red plums and pak choi comes courtesy of Marcellin Marc, head chef of Clos Maggiore in London. Ronan Sayburn, director of wine and spirits at Hotel du Vin, recommends the best wines to accompany the dish.
For the duck breasts
â- 4 pak choi
â- 1tbs chopped garlic
â- 1tbs chopped ginger
â- 200ml port wine
â- 50ml veal stock
â- 20g butter (for the duck)
â- 2tbs olive oil
For the roasted red plums â- 8 big red plums
â- 1tbs caster sugar
â- 2 pinches of cinnamon powder
For the oat biscuits â- 100g flour
â- 100g oats
â- 130g Demerara sugar
â- 150g soft butter
â- 5g baking soda
â- 1 orange zest
â- 1 lemon zest
For the duck breasts Season the duck breasts on both sides. Sear them in a pan for 10 minutes on the skin side, then turn them over and put them in the oven for another 3 minutes at 180Â°C.
Transfer the duck breasts with the pan to a warm place to rest. Remove the remaining fat from the pan and add the port wine. Cook slowly until the port wine is reduced, add the veal stock, reduce it again and add the butter to make the sauce thicker.
Tear off the pak choi leaves and fry them in a big non-stick pan wok with olive oil and then add the ginger and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. They need to be crunchy, so don't fry them for too long.
For the roasted red plums
Cut them in half and remove the stones. Put them on a roasting tray and sprinkle them with sugar and cinnamon. Bake them for 15 minutes at 160Â°C.
For the oat biscuits
Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon.
Place the mixture on a greased baking sheet. It should be 5mm thick. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes at 170Â°C. Cut small squares (5cm) when it is still hot. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before removing from tray.
Marcellin Marc, head chef , Clos Maggiore, London
A traditional wine to match with duck is Pinot Noir - the fattiness of the duck is offset by the higher levels of acidity and alcohol. Look for something from Oregon, such as an Eyrie Vineyards, or further south in California's Santa Barbara county from Au Bon Climat.
Ronan Sayburn is director of wine and spirits at Hotel du Vin