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CHEF PROFILE RECIPES
Any leftover duck confit can be turned into spring rolls and I’ll freeze the jus into ice cubes (it’s a long job to make it, so I like to make the most of it).
You can fry the trimmings from the tortillas and keep them in an airtight container. They’re great as a garnish for soup or salads. Use any spare black beans for a huevos rancheros breakfast or black-bean soup.