Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Happy Belated Easter!

I have such a craving for something but I don't know what it is; I've tried salty snacks, savoury slices and sweet pieces of pie.  Seafood, wholefood, meat, chips and rye.  None seem to work.   The last time I had this kind of craving, I was pregnant  no, I'm not and I worked my way through a half ton of food trying to find out what it could be.   No complaints of course, I enjoyed every minute of it but was a wee bit surprised when it turned out to be Cheesy Wotsits; I couldn't get enough! 10 packets later and I scunnered myself; I haven't eaten them since. 

It may take me days, months or even years to work it out but I'm up to the challenge..............

Our Easter was lovely; on Thursday, the last day of school we were invited round to a friend's house with the kids and enjoyed snacks, chat and a wee glass of wine.   On Good Friday, grandpa came to stay and on Saturday, my lovely niece joined us too.   We bought dvds, popcorn and sweets and cooried in for a film fest, venturing out for the occasional walk in the sunshine and lunch.   Easter Sunday, I cooked roast lamb stuffed with feta, mint and lemon cooked in lemon juice and white wine, roast pork stuffed with chorizo, onions and fresh herbs, roast potatoes, boiled potatoes, roasted root vegetables with honey and maple syrup and steamed greens and baby sweetcorn.   It was a good day and enjoyed by all.

 Roast Lamb: looks messy, tasted lovely!

Roast Pork; hmmm, not a great pic but again, tasted gooooood!

I made an Easter cake, with help from the kids and it turned out pretty well.   My friend Shona gave me a wonderful cookbook, from the Hummingbird Bakery which is where I got the recipe from a wonderful recipe it was too and spot on but the decor was inspired by Sarah Magid's Organic and Chic cookbook a few little basic recipe mistakes within but was worked out failry easily; very good for inspiration and her vanilla buttercream icing worked really well.

Pretty AND tasty!   Brooklyn Blackout cake, Nutella icing inside.

Easter dinner.

I think they like!

Other food this month:

Scallops with roasted tomatoes

More cupcakes....


Beef and sausage stew with Yorkshire Puddings

Kids own homemade pizza!   Good job.

Mini feta, spinach and pine nut tart

Tomato Sauce for the pizza

Mmmm, pizza..

More tart...

More scallops..I'm going through a phase; that's an artichoke heart in the middle

Lucy is pleased with her own wee pizza


Caution Flag said...

I've never done anything with scallops and think maybe it's time to change that. Nor have I roasted a tomato. Believe it or not, I do cook - just not well. Now I need to figure out how to replicate those scallops and tomatoes.

aladdinsane12 said...

oh i SOOOOOOOOO wish i could have spent easter with your family instead of mine! that cake is possibly the most impressive and glorious thing i have ever seen!

Mhel said...

Belated Happy Easter!! Sometimes the messy looking food are the most delish ones. No pretentions and more fun to eat. I love the pizza and the cupcakes too. Looks like you had a great Easter.... U

Unknown Mami said...

When I was a little girl I used to get cravings that I couldn't figure out. I remember one particular time, I spent the whole day eating trying to figure out what my craving was for and at the end of the day I found it. It was a banana I wanted. Why couldn't I figure that out? Maybe I'm just bananas.

gaelikaa said...

Looks delicious. As always.....

Frozen said...

I really like it that your daughter gets to make her own pizza. I think that it is great when children learn to help with cooking from a young age. Not only that it is fun for them, but it also helps to develop their self-esteem.

koralee said...

I so love coming by to visit you...I am always inspired to go bake or cook something yummy.

Just wanted to thank you so so much for your sweet caring comment you left me concerning my daughters migraines...I will take all those things to heart...went and got her some magnesium supplements today. I feel so blessed that you would take the time to help me out...thank you so so much. Huge Hugs to you for a wonderful Friday. oxoxo

LisaDay said...

Welcome back. That cake is beautiful.


Jennifer Juniper said...

Welcome back :) We ate lamb and ham too! We were making up silly poems with Lamb and Ham in them :)

mimbles said...

All our Easter weekend cooking was done over an open fire. Dinners included deep fried quail in gravy, beef stew with dumplings and roast lamb on a spit and there were pancakes for breakfast one morning.

Roast pork stuffed with chorizo sounds scrumptious and looks pretty damn good too!

Laura said...

I really need to remember to get some cake tins. I want to be a mom who makes Easter cakes. What a beautiful memory for your children!

Debbie said...

Wow, that all looks amazing!

Have you got a recipe for the spinach tart?

Love your blog, though it's making me homesick!

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