Aged Duck Ham, Bunya Nut Cream and Saltbush

Method

I think cured meats are fantastic: they have such a different personality to cooked or even raw meats. The best duck to use here is a variety that has a high fat content. We use a cross between American Pekin and Aylesbury. You need to allow yourself at least three weeks for curing and ageing the duck here – like all worthwhile projects, this is a process that cannot be rushed or tampered with. The bunya nuts we use to make the cream are usually harvested in mid to late summer, when the whole cone has fallen from the bunya pine.