Roast duck pie with mushrooms & sage forcemeat balls

For the filling: Fry diced bacon until crisp – drain and reserve Season the duck legs and fry until both sides are golden Transfer to oven and cook through Drain off excess fat Return bacon to the pan Add chopped mushrooms Fry mushrooms until golden Add red wine + chicken stock + bay leaves For…

Bay leaves

Use bay leaves to give extra flavour to sauces, soups,  slow-cooked stews, casseroles & roasts, pates & terrines – use sparing though as they are quite potent! Cut the best looking leaves from the tree – pick the largest ones as these will have the strongest flavour Clean in salted cold water Rinse and drain…