I just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Easter. We are having a quiet family Easter, involving Easter baking, egg hunts around the garden and gathering together to celebrate. Easter and spring also introduce some of my very favourite ingredients, and of course, tons of left over chocolate. I’ve already made my first mistake of ordering a giant bag of Mini Eggs online…so to get the Easter egg rolling I’ve baked Nigella’s Everyday Brownies to use (some of them) up!
Most Marvellous Chocolate Cake
I have a couple of posts in the pipeline, soon I am going to be writing about the very exciting ‘Most Marvellous’ supermarket cake challenge, where 9 of us baked our way through supermarket basics ingredients to see which supermarket would win on flavour, quality and cost. The results were judged live on air by writer and editor of Waitrose Kitchen, William Sitwell and Helen from Fuss Free Flavours and were very interesting! In the meantime, if you fancy having a go at the same cake, it can be dressed up to pretty much any occasion…including Easter! The recipe is here on Vanessa Kimbell’s site. A little thank you to Karen, too for the linen and crocheted cloth you see in the photos.
Easter Menu Planning
If you are still thinking about menu planning for the Easter weekend, don’t forget some of the ideas I wrote about when I recently cooked with the Extra Special range from ASDA…Asparagus with Samphire, Poached Eggs and Parmesan, Spring Lamb with Crushed New Potatoes and Chive Butter and those delightful Strawberry Tartlets.
Polish Easter Basket
In the meantime, for me, Easter is all about kicking back and relaxing, reflecting and enjoying family time. We’ve also started to prepare our traditional Polish Easter basket, Święcone, ready for blessing – to be eaten for breakfast on Easter Sunday, which is what I look forward to the most. The children love preparing the basket, too with decorated eggs, salt, butter, bread, ham, a candle and more. The basket is rich in symbolism and memories; Easter wouldn’t be the same to me without it.
Shortlisted – Thank You!
Thank you also for your continued support in the ‘BiBs’ – the Brit Mums ‘Brilliance in Blogging’ Awards. I’m so excited to have been nominated and shortlisted in the categories of ‘Tasty’ and ‘Outstanding’ blogs, amongst some of the most dedicated parent bloggers in the UK. If you fancy exploring some fab blogs, want to taking a look at who else is nominated or even fancy voting – the link is here!
Hope you have a wonderful Easter break, too.