Well, Easter is just about over and I have not stopped cooking! In a good way, but non-stop!
Good Friday was with the MiL so I escaped having to do anything very much. But on Easter Saturday I made fresh tagliatelle, Easter cupcakes, blueberry tart and porcini sauce. All the aforementioned have been cited on my blog before so I won't bore you with the details, but it was all go in the kitchen!
On Easter Sunday we said Hallelujah! To Ms Lisa Faulkner. I made her roast leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary, her mint sauce, her Nanna's nut roast and her creme brulee. All were mighty fine and scoffed with much enthusiasm, although the mint sauce wasn't very minty...more of a hollandaise, so next time I shall step up the mint!
It never gets as much 'press' as Christmas but actually, on the cooking front, it is almost as busy really! A big fat roast, guests to entertain and feed plus egg hunts to organise.
I also broke my Lentian fast of 'no wine in the week' with the most gorgeous bottle of white burgundy. Heaven...
I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend; shame about the weather!
Ever grateful for some help and gadgetry in the kitchen I was inspired to share with you my top 5 kitchen favourites.
I hummed and haahed about getting this, trying to convince myself it was far too much money (and SO much cheaper in the states!) but eventually I succumbed and I am SOOO glad I did as culinarily* speaking I could not live without it. Besides looking beautiful, it mixes, kneads and whisks with elegance and gusto. I went for the basic model, not the artisan as the old bank balance couldn't quite go the extra £s but it is still absolutely brilliant. Love, love it, love it.
*Not sure this is actually a word, but it should be.
2. Silicone pastry brush
Funky, tactile and no more hairs to pick out!
This stuff is marvellous and another thing introduced to me by the domestic goddess herself (alas, not personally). It is basically a sheet of non-stick. You can bake on it, line cake tins (there are 'specially cut templates you can buy), dishwash it, use it over and over again. No more cutting out bit of curling greaseproof paper or scrubbing oven trays!
4. Salter Electronic Scales
These are light, accurate and slip nicely into the drawer! You can keep resetting to zero as you add ingredients which is brilliant and means you don't have to keep measuring things in different pots. Mine are battered, spilled on and quite old but still on their first set of batteries and working as well as ever.
5. Cath Kidston Apron
Now, I am a huge Cath Kidston fan anyway and it really doesn't matter what kind of apron you have but I like to feel kitschy whilst I cook! And you may think an apron is by the bye, but I really use mine! It protects my clothing, has large stuffable pockets for cloths, spatulas and even the odd egg shell. It also serves as an oven glove from time to time. And there's something comforting about wearing an apron, a bit like wearing your dressing gown. Is that just me? Ahem...Taxi!