Remove any sinews from the duck and lightly score the skin into a diamond pattern. Mix the five-spice powder with some salt and pepper and rub it over the breasts.
Put the blackberry nip, red wine, cinnamon and star anise, if using, into a small pan. Grate the rind from the orange into the pan, then bring to the boil.
Meanwhile, cook the duck, skin side down, in a dry frying pan over moderate heat for 4–5 minutes, until the skins have turned golden brown and enough fat has been released to cook the other sides. Turn and cook for 5–6 minutes more for medium rare, longer for well done. Spoon off excess fat.
While the duck is cooking, rinse the blackberries and add to the wine. Squeeze the orange. Add half the juice to the wine, return to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Blend the rest of the juice with the arrowroot.
Strain the blackberries into a bowl and put aside. Return the liquid to the pan and stir in the blended arrowroot. Bring back to the boil, stirring, until thickened, then add the blackberries and heat through gently.
Slice the duck and serve on heated individual plates with the sauce spooned over the top.
For a simple vegetable side dish, cut up boiled new potatoes and mix with crème fraiche.
NUTRIENTS PER SERVING:
good source of vitamins B group, C and E, and zinc.