Ingredients

Confit and smoked pigeon

1 whole pigeon (including head and claws)

Hay

Rapeseed oil

Bay leaves

Peppercorns

Allspice

Juniper berries

Pigeon giblets

Pigeon stomachs

Pigeon fat

Pigeon stock

Pigeon liver

Madeira

Sherry

Red port

Pickling salt

Pepper

Nettle spinach

150g blanched nettles

1 tbsp béchamelsauce

Salt

Nutmeg

Freshly ground pepper

Sautéed nettles

Nettles

Spinach

Shallots

125ml nettle stock

Olive oil

Salt

Pepper

Medlar

10 pieces of medlar

200ml water

200ml sugar

Method

Confit and smoked pigeon

Tie the fresh pigeon together at its legs and hang upside down in the cold store. After two weeks take out the giblets and the drumsticks, and set them aside. Cut off the head. Then, fill the body with hay and slightly smoke it. Vacuum-pack the pigeon and store it again in the cold store. After another week take out the pigeon and briefly fry on the skin side. Confit it for about 40 minutes in a 68°C warm spice oil – made from bay leaves, peppercorns, allspice, juniper berries and smoked rapeseed oil. Take out the two breasts and grill them on a wood-burning stove. Also grill the drumsticks with claws before braising them in the spice oil. Remove the drumsticks carefully from the oil and let them cool down. Finish them on the grill until golden brown.

Pigeon giblets

Clean the stomachs and slightly stew them for two hours in a mixture of half pigeon fat, half pigeon stock. Finally, roll them in nettle dust.For the liver mousse mix the raw pigeon liver with Madeira, sherry and red port, and season with pickling salt and pepper. Refrigerate it.

Nettle spinach

Freeze all ingredients in a Pacojet tumbler and process it at least five times in a Pacojet food processor.

Sautéed nettles

Brown the shallot brunoises and add the nettles. Pour in the nettle stock – therefore, mix apple juice and nettles together with ice cubes, and pass through a sieve – and slightly reduce it. Add the spinach and season with salt, pepper and olive oil.

Medlar

Peel and core the medlars. Marinate them in sugar syrup – therefore, boil up water with sugar and let reduce until syrupy – and store them in the cold store for two weeks. Then, mix the juice with the molecular gelling agent Kappa (5g per 500ml) in order to produce a medlar gel.

To serve

Place the pigeon breast and drumstick together with the stomach on the plate. Put the liver mousse and the spinach cream next to it and serve with the sautéed nettles. Garnish with marinated medlars and its gel. Decorate the plate with dried nettle chips and dust.

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