Jon and I recently went on a weekend excursion to Boston, when he took off his shirt to reveal – â€œOh God! What did you do to yourself! Oh GOD!â€ I said.
This was probably not all Jon had hoped for. â€œWhat? What?â€ He was genuinely mystified.
I pointed to the tattoo of a star on his shoulder.
But even as I pointed, I was starting to question myself. Jon is about as likely to get a tattoo as he is to join a circus.
Also, the tattoo star had a smiley face. Â Had the design been a throw-back to his D&D playing youth golden dragon? Maybe. An outline of a nearby galaxy? Possibly. But a smiley star? Probably not.
You see, I had tattoos on the brain a little. Cousin Katie recently covered her forearm in delphimums, so it was on my mind.
â€œDaisy did it,â€ said Jon, once heâ€™s got over the initial shock of my reaction. Daisy is our 4 year old niece. Jon had been visiting her for the week. She had a sheet of 50 temporary tattoos, and this sort of inevitably happened.
â€œIt could be worse,â€ he said, valiantly struggling to scrub off the ink. â€œTimothy (her Dad) got tramp stamped with a rainbow unicorn.â€
Duck with fresh orange (serves 4)2-3 large duck breastsÂ 2 oranges (or 1 orange, 1 grapefruit and something sweet like a tangerine) Olive oil, salt and pepper Salad leaves (rocket / arugula, spinach, chicory, endive, coz or butter lettuce …something with a bit of bite and substance) 3/4 cup pitted kalamata olives Â
- Preheat the oven to 400f
- Season the duck breasts, and heat a griddle pan until it is searing hot (about 4 minutes).
- Cook the duck skin side down for about 3 minutes without touching it. (expect smoke, open the window).Â Transfer the duck to a roasting tray and cook for 15 minutes (pinkish).Â
- Meanwhile, arrange the salad leaves on a plate and toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Scatter olives on top
- Peel and segment the oranges (with a knife) or cut into rings if that’s too much fuss.Â
- Let the duck rest for a few minutes before slicing and arranging over the salad. Scatter the orange on top, and squeeze over the juice.