• 1 x 4.5kg goose 
  • 1 leek 
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 head garlic 
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tsp juniper berries 
  • 1 tsp all-spice 
  • 1 tsp Sichuan pepper 
  • 1 tsp white peppercorns 
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds 
  • 30g sea salt flakes 
  • 2 mandarins
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 dessert spoon of corn starch 
  1. Rinse the goose under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towel
  2. Using a mortar and pestle, grind the spices together with the sea salt flakes
  3. Using a food processor, blend the whole mandarins, then add the spices
  4. Spread the spiced mandarin paste evenly into the cavity of the goose. Seal the cavity with a stainless-steel skewer
  5. Take the leeks and remove the dark green tops. Wash well under running water, then carefully finely slice the leeks
  6. Peel the carrot and finely slice
  7. Break the head of garlic into cloves
  8. Using a portable butane torch or high gas flame, rotate the goose to shrink and dry out the skin (this gives your goose a good shape and crispy skin)
  9. Preheat the oven to 220°C (fan forced)
  10. Lay the vegetables on the bottom of a deep roasting tray, then place the goose on a wire rack over the tray
  11. Cook for 45 minutes on 220°C, then reduce the heat to 160°C and cook for a further 45 minutes
  12. Drain the excess fat (and retain for other uses)
  13. Once cooked, remove the goose from the oven and rest it for a minimum of 20 minutes.
  14. Hint: to check if your goose is cooked, tip the goose up to drain the cavity. If the juices are still red, cook a little longer until they start to turn brown
  15. Remove the skewer and drain the juices and fat from the cavity and retain for the sauce
  16. Place the roasting tray over a burner and brown the vegetables thoroughly if they don’t have enough colour
  17. Add the red wine and retained juices and cook quickly for 2 minutes. Add a cup of hot water and simmer for 5 minutes. Pass through a fine sieve into a small pan, pressing on the solids. Discard the solids
  18. Return the pan to the heat and add the corn starch (mixed with a little water) and cook until the sauce thickens. Adjust the seasoning if required