Orange, Fennel and Hazelnut Salad – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

When I was in high school, my very first job was as a waitress (I was HOPELESS) in a popular Melbourne cafe which shall remain nameless!  (It’s still popular!).  The manager quickly realised how completely incompetent I was on the floor, and I was instantly relegated to the role of Juice Girl.  This was during the mid 90’s, when getting a freshly squeezed orange juice with your breakfast was brand new and all the rage, darling. I think we made more fresh OJ’s than coffees that summer, to be honest. I spent every Saturday prepping the equivalent of my body weight in oranges – removing the peel and the pith, and slicing piles and piles of fresh oranges in enormous plastic tubs.

As I worked, the entire work bench would gradually become an overflowing pool of orange juice, dripping from the chopping board down my apron and onto my feet. I would come home covered in sticky residue, with bright orange fingers.  Whenever I prepare today’s recipe, bizarrely, I am reminded of those teenage years, working the juicer for I think $9.00 an hour.  At least I still have a great knack for slicing a juicy naval orange in record time!

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