This was the first full sunny day we've had in all this rainy month. Time for some outdoor activities. While Barbara gardened, Holt got out the smoker, which he'd been longing to do for weeks. He fired it up with charcoal, put in some mesquite chips and lots of clippings from our thyme plants, and smoked a turkey breast and a whole duck, one above the other - the duck fat dripped on the turkey, which kept it moist. So the day passed pleasantly, with an occasional sip of wine and some intermittent lounging on the patio.
We had the duck breast for dinner that night, and broke the rest up for various meals.
We had gotten some mangoes at Findlay Market, so made a chutney to go along with the savory duck - using half a jalapeno from our homemade escabeche, which made it plenty hot.
As for the salad, it was just the new little leaves of lettuce from the garden, dressed simply with olive oil and white balsamic.