Duck À L’Orange


I wanted to cook a great meal for my beautiful girlfriend Emma and I thought the best way to do this was to cook her something from Shannon Bennett’s cook book “My Vue” and take her back to our Vue de Monde experience. This was the second time I have cooked this dish but this time round I had a lot better of a recipe. I had to improvise a little but managed to produce a very good-looking dish. Duck being one of my favourite types of meat, it really was a spectacular dish. I did adapt this dish however because I had a whole duck to get rid of.



– 1 Whole Duck

– 2 Shallots

– 1 Garlic Clove

– 5 Sprigs of Thyme

– 4 Star Anise

– 2 Bay Leaves

– 100 ml of Grand Marnier

– 2 Cups of Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

– Sea Salt Flakes and Freshly Cracked Pepper

– Grape Seed Oil

– 8 Thin Slices of Pancetta

– 1 Small Onion

– 100 ml of Double Cream

– Thermometer


Preheat the oven to 180º. Cut the legs off with poultry scissors, place on a tray lined with baking paper and then season with salt and pepper and place in the oven until they reach 54º. Let rest and shred the meat and set aside for later.

Next remove the breasts. Heat a large heavy base frypan, season the breasts with salt and pepper and sear on all sides. Then place in the oven with a thermometer and cook until you reach a temperature of 54º remove from the heat and let rest. The temperature should rise to around 58º to 60º which is the temperature you want.


To make the orange sauce you need to melt ½ a tablespoon of butter in a heavy-based sauce pan. Add the shallots, garlic, thyme, star anise, bay leaves and cook for 2 minutes. Add the Grand Marnier and reduce by two-thirds. Add the orange juice and reduce by half. Whisk in one tablespoon of butter which gives it a smooth, thick sauce. Strain through a fine sieve and season with salt and pepper. Place a thin slice of orange and a slice of pancetta into the oven this was the flower shaped garnish I used.

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For the sautéed cabbage heat one tablespoon of grape seed oil in a large fry pan. Add the pancetta, onion and sauté for two minutes without colouring. Toss in the duck leg meat, remove from the and set aside. In the same pan, warm the cabbage for one minute. Add a teaspoon of water to create steam to help cook the cabbage. Return the pancetta mixture to the pan and the double cream. Reduce for two minutes or until the sauce resembles mayonnaise.


To plate up slice the duck into centimetre pieces and position on the plate. Spoon full of the pancetta mixture next to the meat and push the slice of orange on top. Lastly, place the curled pancetta on top of the orange slice and spoon the orange sauce over the dish as little or as much as you like.

Full Credit to Shannon Bennett on this dish. I have made a number of recipes from his limited edition book and boy are they good!

Filet De Bouef Et Pommes Soufflé Au Jus Gras


Now this was a challenge! Matt and I were thinking how hard can it be to soufflé a few chips and the answer, extremely. Not only do you have to get the thickness and size right, but the main component to this recipe is the first cooking process and getting that all important blistering right. It’s hard to think about making the whole dish in just 90 minutes like the contestants on Master Chef Australia. In this post we will share our tips on how we had success with the Pommes Soufflé supplied with a link to make the whole dish bellow.


Filet De Bouef with Pommes Soufflé, Parsley purée and Jus Gras


– Royal Blue Potatoes

– 2 Cups Canola Oil

– Sea Salt Flakes

– Thermometer



We found that royal blue potatoes worked and tasted the best. First cut the potatoes roughly 3mm in width at the largest part of the potato. You want to get close to 4cm x 4cm squares as possible out of each slice and leave in a bowl so they don’t dry out. Next you want to heat the canola oil in a medium sauce pan with the thermometer and bring that  temperature of 140°C (it take some fine tuning but try and keep the oil at a constant). You also want to heat oil in a deep fryer to 180°C. Place the potato squares into the oil and continuously agitate the oil by moving the pan or by using a wooden spoon being careful as the oil is hot.


Continue cooking and agitate until the potato starts to show signs of puffing or blistering. This should take about 5 minutes. Next remove from the oil and add to the 180°C oil in the deep frier. They only want to be in there until they have completely puffed up, about 30 seconds. Remove from the oil, season with salt and set aside or enjoy straight away. This might not sound like a lot but trust us it was a lot harder than it seemed and very rewarding with the end product.

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