Plenty of flavour: Wild duck ramen

Wild duck ramen

Serves 4

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Blanquette d'agneau

800g stewing lamb, cubed
12 small carrots, peeled
1 large onion, halved and stuck with 1 clove
1 bouquet garni
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
50g butter
50g plain flour
100ml double cream
2 egg yolks
A few drops of lemon juice
Fried button mushrooms, to garnish

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Roast mallard with autumn greens and ceps

Serves 4

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