A fake Viking boat full of Hare Krishnas just went past, playing the usual chants over a sound system

(That’s actually an unconnected block obscuring the view, but it’s still not great)

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food, cooking, meat 

…and the finished article. Another case of “tastes much better than it looks”, I think, but the sauce did set to a light jelly as predicted, so that’s good

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food, cooking, meat 

Take out the duck, vegetables, and giblets, let the liquid bubble uncovered for 15 minutes to reduce, then add the figs and cook for just 5 minutes

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food, cooking, meat 

…pour off the butter, add the wine the figs were marinading in, and cook for five minutes on the stovetop. Then we add onions, carrots, garlic, thyme, the duck giblets (lucky to get those - advantage of buying your duck on the internet instead of a supermarket), and some veal bone stock, and it all goes back in a medium oven to braise with a lid on

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Today’s card is The Moon, bringing strange things out of the dark. It’s a day to be wild and spontaneous, and follow your instincts. But be alert and listen to your gut - wild and strange isn’t necessarily safe

food, cooking, meat 

…and I’m making a simple stock with veal bones, which I’ll need tomorrow

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food, cooking, alcohol, meat mention 

The figs get marinaded overnight in a half bottle of Sauternes, for a fancy recipe for Duck with Figs I decided to try on a whim

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Today’s shopping from the Turkish supermarket, food 

Sixteen figs, a jar of gherkins, and a jonut

Today’s card is Temperance, wishing you A joyful balance today. If it feels like you’ve been leaning hard into one particular coping strategy, then it may be time to try something new

Vauxhall tube still going all in on the pride decor. But I’m starting to wonder if the effort has anything to do with all the expensive new development going in up above?

Today’s card is the Five of Swords, with a reminder that victory has consequences. Best take a moment to think before you go in swinging

Today’s card is the Eight of Wands, wishing you energy to move fast today. Quick decisions, quick progress - it’s time to go go go

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