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Carve all the meat from the ducks, the breast in long slices, the rest as you can get it away from the bone. Set aside in the refrigerator.
Put the bones in a saucepan, just cover with salted water and boil for at least 1½ hours. Strain off the stock.
Fry the onion in the butter until just transparent and golden. Stir in the flour, cook for a minute and gradually stir in the stock. Add the herbs, the nutmeg and the grated orange peel and stir in the red-currant jelly. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is as thick as double cream.
Pour and rub the sauce through a strainer into another saucepan, add the wine, brandy and the mushrooms and simmer for 5 or 6 minutes. Add the lemon juice. Check the seasoning and put in the duck. Leave on or near the lowest possible heat for another 15 minutes so that the duck pieces are heated through, but do not boil. Pour the duck and sauce into a serving dish, stick the fried bread around the edge with one corner in the sauce, and put an orange quarter near each.
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