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Start the day before. Crush the spices lightly and mix with the salt, thyme, juniper berries and garlic. Rub the mixture over the duck legs and leave for 24 hours, turning twice.
Heat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Wipe the duck well with kitchen paper (don’t wash) and pat dry. Cover with goose fat, Add the bay and peppercorns and cook for about 3 hours, or until the meat is almost falling away from the bone. Leave to cool in the fat and chill.
To make the lentils, heat a slug of oil in a heavy pan and gently sweat the veg, garlic and thyme until just soft. Add the red wine vinegar and lentils. Cover with water then bring to a gentle simmer. Add the tomatoes and simmer very gently until tender with a little bite. Stir the parsley through.
When you want to serve the duck, heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Take the legs out of the fat, scraping most of it away. Put them skin-side up on a roasting tray, then cook for 30-40 minutes until crisp and golden. Serve the duck legs with the lentils.
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