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Salmi of Moor Fowl or Wild Duck


  • birds
  • 2 or 3 sliced shalots
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 1 small blade of mace
  • a few peppercorns
  • 1 pint of good veal gravy
  • cayenne
  • lemon


Carve the birds very neatly, and strip every particle of skin and fat from the legs, wings, and breasts, braise the bodies well and put them with the skin and other trimmings into a very clean stewpan. Add the shalots, bayleaf, mace and peppercorns, then pour in the veal gravy, and boil briskly till reduced nearly half, strain the gravy, pressing the bones well, skim off the fat, add a dust of cayenne and squeeze in a few drops of lemon; heat the game very gradually in it, but it must not be allowed to boil. Place sippets of fried bread round the dish, arrange the birds in a pyramid, give the same a boil and pour over. A couple of wineglasses of port or claret should be mixed with the gravy.


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Dressed Game and Poultry la Mode (1888).

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