250g shelled garden peas, about 800g/1lb 12oz in their pods
about 15 mint leaves
50g unsalted butter, softened
2 ducks breasts, ideally Barbary or Gressingham
dried herbes de Provence or dried thyme or oregano
buttered new potatoes, to serve
Shell the peas and set aside.
Chop the mint and blend into the
butter. Pat the duck dry with kitchen
paper and place on the oiled rack
of a grill pan (or place a small cake
rack in a roasting pan). Use a long
sharp knife to score the skin of the
duck in a diamond lattice pattern.
Sprinkle the skin with salt and dried
herbs. (If you wish, the duck, peas
and mint butter can now be
covered and set aside in a cool
place for a couple of hours until
ready to cook).
Preheat the grill to very hot. Grill the duck breasts skin-side up for 10 minutes (watch carefully as you do this because the hot fat can splatter) until the skin is browning and has yielded most of its fat – carefully pour this off and reserve for roasting potatoes. Turn the duck over and grill on the flesh side for 5-10 minutes, depending on how rare you like the meat. Turn off the heat and allow the duck to rest while you prepare the peas.
Cook the peas in boiling salted water for 3-5 minutes or until the peas are just tender and still bright green. Drain in a colander and return to the hot pan with the mint butter. Toss the peas until evenly coated with the butter.
Serve the duck breasts whole or sliced with the minted peas, accompanied by buttered new potatoes.