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Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 4. In a large frying pan melt together 25g of butter with the olive oil. Add the sage leaves and sizzle for 2-3 mins or until crispy. Remove the crispy leaves and put on kitchen paper to drain.
Add the shallots to the pan and fry for 5-6 mins or until browned all over, then add the dates and fry for 1 min. Remove from the heat, then add the orange juice and vermouth, deglazing any crispy bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir well and pour everything into a deep roasting tin.
In a small bowl, mash together 100g of soft butter, the garlic, orange zest, Épices Rabelais and 1 tsp of salt to make a fragrant spiced butter.
Put the poussins on a board and carefully tease the skins from the breasts – then generously stuff each bird with the spiced butter between the skin and flesh. Use any remaining spiced butter to rub over the outside of the birds. Stuff the cavities with slices of orange and a sprinkle of salt, and put in the baking tray.
Roast for 30 mins, then remove from the oven and baste with the juices from the pan (add a splash of vermouth or water if it’s drying out). Roast for another 25-30 mins or until the poussins are cooked through and you have a rich, intense gravy. Serve with the crispy sage, and either a green salad, sautéed winter greens or roast potatoes.