Braised Duck Legs With Lavender, Mashed Potatoes And Blackberry Sauce

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The duck:

4 Muscovy duck legs with thighs

Salt and pepper, to taste

12 lavender spears

1/2 bunch fresh thyme

2 carrots, peeled, diced

1 medium onion, peeled, diced

1 leek, cleaned, sliced

1 celery rib, sliced

2 bay leaves

12 black peppercorns

1/2 bottle red wine

1 pint blackberries

Mashed potatoes:

2 1/2 pounds new potatoes

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup creme fraiche

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

2 tablespoons chopped green onion


2 carrots, peeled

1 large leek

Peanut oil for frying

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