"Pot-roast duck happens to be one of my all-time favourites,"
says McEnearney. "Duck is high in linoleic acid, an antioxidant,
quinoa is high in protein, saffron is antioxidant and olives are
2pinches of saffron threads1Spanish onion, diced3garlic cloves, finely chopped90 mlextra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve300 gm(1½ cups) red quinoa1 tspground allspice½ tsp eachground cinnamon and sumacJuiceof ½ lemon1duck (about 1.9kg)200 gmmixed olives (such as wild and green)To serve:rocket
Preheat oven to 100C. Place saffron in a bowl with 125ml warm water and a pinch of sea salt, and set aside to infuse (30 minutes).
Meanwhile, sauté onion and garlic in 60ml olive oil with a pinch of salt over medium heat until tender and translucent (5-6 minutes). Add quinoa and spices and stir to toast (1 minute). Remove from heat, add lemon juice, season to taste and set aside to cool, then stuff quinoa mixture into duck cavity and stand for 30 minutes.
Heat remaining oil in a large flameproof casserole over medium-high heat and cook duck breast-side down until well-browned (4-5 minutes). Pour saffron and its liquid over duck, add olives to pan, cover with a lid and braise in oven until duck is very tender (2¾-3 hours). Rest for 15 minutes, then drain pan juices into a sauce boat to use as gravy and reserve olives separately. Carve duck and serve with olives and stuffing spooned out. When everyone is nearly finished, serve rocket to help mop up the juices and cleanse the palate.