Diary of the Plague Year: Day 16 31 March 2020: Cooking up a storm, Benjamin Britten and Soul Bossa Nova

A cold and blustery day.

Quickly dropped off some provisions to Bairbre and Josie this morning and spent the rest of the day drawing.

Nearly finished the drawing so to celebrate decided to marinade some duck breasts that have been lurking in the fridge:

Chinese 5-spice powder
Soy sauce
Salt and pepper

I then started the beginnings of a curry which I will leave simmering for a bit before finishing on Thursday. Fast day tomorrow!

Took a break to listen to Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings by Benjamin Britten on R3. Premiered in 1943, during the darkest days of WWII, at the Wigmore with Dennis Brain on horn and Peter Pears singing. The most wonderfully plangent piece of music.

I looked up the words which are:

And this has just come on the radio: