In a small bowl, combine the sea salt, pepper, orange zest and thyme. Rub the mixture all over the skin of the Marylands and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 120°C.
Rinse the skin of the duck legs and pat dry.
Place them in a single layer in a dish just big enough to fit them. Pour in vegetable oil to just cover, and nestle the garlic, star anise, ginger, thyme and orange peel
around the dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 2 ½ hours or until the meat is soft and coming away from the bone.
Remove the duck from the oil and drain on a paper cloth. Just before serving, place the legs skin-side down in a hot non-stick frypan to crisp up the skin.
For the sauce, heat the oil in a medium sized saucepan. Sauté the garlic and thyme until soft and translucent. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and bring
to the boil, stirring constantly. Cook until the sauce has reached a syrupy consistency. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a jug ready for serving.
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