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Thyme veg & gingered beans

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You can baste the potatoes with the fat, but don't move them around too much as that makes the crispy crusts come off

Served with roast duck, these thyme-roasted baby potatoes and carrots with gingered green beans are the perfect accompaniment.

For the thyme-roasted baby potatoes and carrots
Serves: 4-5
Per serving: 172 calories, 8g fat

3-4tbsp duck fat (taken from tin with roast duck)
500g (1lb) baby potatoes, scrubbed
500g (1lb) small carrots, e.g. Chantenay
Sprigs of thyme
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Set the oven to moderate, gas mark 4 or 180°C. Heat the duck fat in a shallow roasting tin in the oven.
2. Place the potatoes and carrots in a pan of water and bring to the boil. Simmer the vegetables for 4-5 mins, then drain them well.
3. Add to the hot fat in the pan and turn them in the fat. Add the thyme to the tin, tucking under the vegetables and season. Cook the vegetables for about 1 hr in the oven, above the duck. See recipe for marmalade-roasted duck with Cointreau gravy
4. Once the duck has been removed from the oven, increase the temperature to fairly hot, gas mark 6 or 200°C, for 10-15 mins to crisp the vegetables slightly. Remove from oven and garnish with thyme. (Not suitable for freezing).

For the gingered green beans
Serves: 4-5
Per serving: 57 calories, 5g fat

250-350g (8-12oz) green beans, trimmed
30g (1oz) butter
1 level tbsp freshly grated ginger
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Cook the beans in boiling water for 5-7 mins, or until cooked to your liking, then drain them well.
2. Heat the butter in a saucepan. Add the ginger and cook it for a few seconds, then add the drained beans to the pan and turn to coat in the ginger mixture. Season to taste. Transfer the beans to a warm serving dish. (Not suitable for freezing).

Nutritional values are for maximum number of servings

Feature: Sue McMahon. Photos: Chris Alack. Props stylist: Sue Radcliffe

More recipes:
Roasted carrots and leeks with thyme and honey
Roast dinners, veg and roasties
Marmalade-roasted duck with Cointreau gravy

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