Swan Breast with Peaches Recipe

SpotX Wild Foods Recipe from Dave Emery
Prep:20 minutes Cook:1 hour Difficulty:3
  • 3 breasts of swan.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • 3 medium-size firm mushrooms.
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange rind.
  • 1 teaspoon chicken stock.
  • ¼ cup orange juice.
  • ¾ cup puréed fresh peaches.
  • ½ cup cream, whipped.
  • ½ teaspoon finely-chopped fresh garlic.
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste.
  • 1 cup strong chicken stock.
  • 1 tablespoon light honey.
  • 1 teaspoon guava or red currant jelly.
  • 4 fresh peaches, quartered.
  • In deep pot, heat oil and 1 tablespoon butter, let it melt and foam.
  • Add mushrooms and stir over high heat for 2 minutes.
  • Remove mushrooms with slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Lightly brown swan breasts on both sides and remove from pan.
  • Reduce heat to low and add 1 tablespoon butter and melt it.
  • Add garlic and orange rind, stir over low heat for 2 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste and chicken stock, blend.
  • Add and stir in orange juice and honey.
  • Stir over moderate heat until mixture boils.
  • Add peach purée and jelly then bring to the boil.
  • Place breasts in pot and coat with sauce.
  • Cook over low heat about 20 minutes or until done.
  • Arrange breasts on heat-proof serving platter or gratin dish.
  • Whisk whipped cream into sauce, add mushrooms and peaches.
  • Spoon sauce mixture over breasts and brown lightly under a grill.

Swan There are seven species of swans in the world, all pure white, except for the Australian black swan and the South American black-necked swan. The black swan is an Australian bird that flew to New Zealand around 1860 at the same time as acclimatization societies were releasing it as a game bird, resulting in an explosion of swan numbers.
The population peaked in the 1960s at around 100,000 birds; the bulk of the national population are resident at Lake Ellesmere in Canterbury, with numbers estimated in excess of 60,000. This number dropped dramatically to 10,000 following the Wahine storm in 1968. A combination of habitat change and silting from neighbouring farms has seen the population stabilise at this number. The main concentrations of the birds are now to be found on coastal lakes and lagoons around the South Island, and in the North Island, in the Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay, as well as on inland lakes in the Waikato and Rotorua. The Kaipara Harbour in the north also has a large population of swans with a good spread throughout Northland’s lakes.

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