Moroccan Honeyed Duck with Orange Blossoms

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Author Notes: I absolutely love Moroccan food, the herbs and spices are so aromatic and they always fill the house with an intoxicating perfume that conjures visions of silk veils and tiled fountains. I have some really peculiar food allergies, so I have recently been experimenting with recipes that allow me to build layers of flavor through spices and herbs and in this recipe flowers. It is the perfect blend of piquant spice, aromatic spice, sweet perfumed honey and a light floral note. It is a true show stopper!nycnomad


Serves 2-4


  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Coriander Seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Groung Cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Mace
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cardomom
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Anise Seed
  1. Ras-al-hanout is a traditional Moroccan spice blend that has no one recipe. But this is one that i rather like. The easiest way to make it is to buy all of the ingredients pre ground and just measure them and blend. This recipe makes more than you will need for this dish, so you can store the rest for the next time you make it.
  2. If you are feeling adventurous you can buy the whole seeds, toast them in a dry skillet until they are aromatic. Allow them to cool and then grind them fresh in a pepper mill or with a mortar and pestle.

Moroccan Honeyed Duck with Orange Blossoms

  • 2-4 Duck Breasts or Legs
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil or Ghee
  • 1/8 cup Light Honey (Raw Wildflower, Clover or Linden Honey)
  • 2 tablespoons Ras-al-hanout
  • 2 tablespoons Dark Honey (Raw Buckwheat Honey)
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 4-6 Orange Blossoms (or 1-2 tbsp Orange Flower Water)
  • 2 teaspoons Freshly Grated Ginger
  • Water
  1. Heat a skillet and add the ghee or olive oil. Add the ginger to the skillet and brown until it starts to turn color.
  2. Add the duck pieces and brown for 2- 3 minutes on each side. Once the skin has browned, sprinkle the surface of the duck with the rascal-hanout.
  3. Add the light honey to the skillet and enough water to cover the base of the skillet and to come about 1'3 of the way up the duck pieces. The actual amount will depend upon the size of your skillet and the number and size of your duck pieces.
  4. Reduce the heat and cover the skillet with a lid. Cook gently for about 25 minutes.
  5. Add the dark honey, salt and the bay leaves. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes.
  6. Finally add the orange blossoms or orange flower water and cover. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  7. Serve with a nutty couscous or a quinoa and as always enjoy!

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