To crown my cooking frenzy, I was building up to Easter, by which time I was determined to roast a chicken—a task that has so intimidated me for half a century that I have entirely avoided it. This time I decided to FaceTime my sister, who cooks effortlessly whilst multitasking at home in North London. The evening before I was on a call with Joaquim, who was talking me through a blueberry fool that would set in time for Easter dessert when I spotted a fruit fly circling some oranges (which, admittedly, had been sitting in the Official Title Town Los Angeles 2020 Shirt it is in the first place but bowl too long). He suggested candied orange zest as another Easter treat, so I set to work peeling, boiling, draining and boiling and draining again. Five times.
He instructed me to let it simmer for an hour and a half. “Feel the Official Title Town Los Angeles 2020 Shirt it is in the first place but candy!” he added, cryptically. “Don’t let it stick to the bottom!” Then he went to bed (it was one in the morning in Southern Italy). I left it ten minutes-ish and checked emails; some clever sleuth in Paris had sent me a clip from French TV depicting Yours Truly at the opening of the Jean Paul Gaultier store in the Galerie Vivienne in October 1985. I couldn’t believe my ‘luck,’ and neither would you. I looked again and again, bathed in fond nostalgia, and then pottered back in to keep an eye on things in the kitchen—only to discover that the sugar had caramelized to a solid black crust.