Braised Duck Hearts

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4 Servings
Duck hearts 12
Elderflower heads 4
Vinegar 100ml
Sugar 50g
Reduced brown chicken stock 50g
Butter 50g
Double cream 100ml
Sunflower oil 300ml
Pine needles 50g
Fennel 1
Lemon 1
Wild rice 50g
Sunflower oil 400ml
Sea salt
Chickweed to finish
  1. Bring the vinegar and sugar to the boil, add the elderflower and leave to infuse for 1 hour, pass the vinegar add the chicken stock and reduce to a syrup-like consistency.
  2. Blanch the pine needles in boiling water for 20 seconds and chill in ice water. Blend into the 300ml sunflower oil until a smooth bright green oil and pass through a cloth.
  3. Slice the fennel lengthways and season with sea salt and a small squeeze of lemon juice.
  4. Heat the 400ml of oil to 210°C and fry the rice for 5 seconds until all popped. Drain and season with sea salt.
  5. Trim any sinew off the duck hearts and sauté in the butter until lightly golden, ensure they are kept very rare. Leave to rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Bring the glaze to the boil and add the duck hearts. Cook for 30 seconds so they have a slightly sticky coating. Remove and dish them out evenly into the bowls, adding a little glaze, 1tsp of pine oil and 1tsp of cream to each one. Sprinkle over the crispy rice, add two slices of fennel, then finish with the chickweed.