Anna: I was really looking forward to this. It’s the perfect November meal isn’t it?
Peter: Yes, it’s certainly autumnal. The richness of the duck and the butternut squash.
Anna: So I think that’s why I’m so disappointed. And frustrated.
Peter: Nigel’s legs are certainly dry.
Anna: Dry and tough. Difficult to eat.
Peter: Just like Nigel’s legs!
Anna: So an all-round annoyance really. Because I had to hack away at the legs to get any meat off, there was no savouring of the flavour combinations. I ate the duck leg. Then the sauce and the squash. Did you like the sauce?
Peter: It was like a pudding, very nice. Particularly as it was made with our own blackberries and bramleys from the apple festival a couple of weeks ago.
Anna: I was a bit thrown as I hadn’t read the recipe first, and the apples had to go in the oven to bake, but it was very easy and tasted delicious. Can’t tell you what it was like with the duck though.
Peter: It provided a degree of moisture.
Anna: I am very annoyed. Really. This was so simple to make and should have been much nicer. I’d recommend cooking the legs in the oven for 2 hours, a la Nigella, and add the squash for the last 45 minutes. Then the legs would be all moist and lovely, and the squash roasted and brown. Much better.