Deprive the birds of life and feathers, and gut them. Season the cavity and put in 4-6 stoned apricots (saving the soaking liquor).
In a heavy casserole large enough to hold all the pigeons on end in one layer, brown the cubes of lean smoked bacon in a little oil, then sweat the garlic and enough chopped onions, carrots and celery to make a 2 cm (¾ inch) layer. Put in the birds. Pour ov