1 stick celery, chopped (choose a head of celery with decent leaves, which you can use as decoration)
1 small leek, greens trimmed, bulb split, rinsed and chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups red wine
16 very thin slices streaky bacon
4 Cornish hens, halved (or 8 chicken thighs)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
12 pearl onions, peeled
2 sticks celery, chopped diagonally
2 tablespoons port
2 tablespoons red currant jelly
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons caster sugar*
1 small tin cooked chestnuts (not puree)
*Available at speciality food stores
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