Don't skip anything or change the ingredients. The most important thing is the hot smoked duck breast AND good home made dark chicken stock.
This dish was incredible, so full of flavour and really warming (which is needed in chilly u.k!) Thanks for posting, My Husband doesn't like fennel, but even he agreed that it made the dish perfect! it's going to become one of my regulars for friends! - 16 Jan 2011
Something else. I used some stock from freezer that had been made from the leftover christmas turkey and doubled the amount of fresh mushrooms as im not keen on dried ones! I fried off the fresh mushrooms with garlic and a splash of wine and set aside to the end, adding them at the same time as the duck, LUSH! - 16 Jan 2011