A friend wants to know a bit about my first job and what I used my wages for. I was 16 when I first went to work. I started off as a cashier at our local Spar and progressed to working in the deli and the bakery. I earned a basic wage and got it in a brown envelope once a week. I cannot even tell you how much I earned, but I can tell you that it went to paying my phone bill. I had a younger sister who at 12 discovered the telephone. She would come home from school and straight away call her best friend – with whom she had just spent the day at school with, and they would talk all afternoon. So of course, that meant I could not speak to my friends! I moaned to my dad, and in his most practical manner said that they would get a phone line for me, if I paid the bill. So, I had my own phone line and I paid the bills. Of course, if I were in the same boat now, I might forego the phone and spend the money on eating out – I would be this young foodie, eating her way through all these fancy restaurants, trying all these fancy meals. But instead, I am a little bit older, have a fantastic job, and I can do the foodie thing right at home. Duck is the one foodie item most people would rather eat out that try at home, but I assure you, it is so worth making duck for yourself.
- 15mls sweet chilli sauce
- 15mls honey
- 2 duck breasts
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
- preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
- in a small pan, gently heat the chilli sauce and honey
- score the skin of the duck
- season the flesh
- place the duck into a cold frying pan and turn on the heat
- allow the fat the render down
- turn onto the flesh side for one minute
- remove from the pan and place into an oven proof dish, skin side up
- cover with the glaze and cook in the oven for 8 minutes
- allow to rest before serving
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