On Good Friday we held part one of our family Easter celebrations, with my Grandad, Auntie, Uncle, cousin and Matt coming over for a special lunch. My Auntie and Uncle also brought their pug Henry, so it was slightly chaotic with him, Gen and the two cats chasing each other around! Mum and I laid the table with a pretty paper tablecloth with polka dots on. The tablecloth and gorgeous napkins - which say 'What a Beautiful Day'- were from Sainsburies. We used our best vintage silver cutlery and glasses from Laura Ashley; we then put these tiny metallic shell vases at each place setting: these were a gift from Matt's Mum and are from a lovely homeware company called Cox & Cox. We picked the little flowers from the garden and a hedgerow near our house and arranged them in the vases and jug as a centrepiece. We also placed these chocolate bunnies - blue for the boys and pink for the girlies - and a compulsory bowl of mini eggs on the table! As a finishing touch to the room, we strung up this shabby chic, floral bunting that Mum bought on eBay. I loved it as it made our dining room ceiling look higher!
Mum drew up the three course menu using one of her country cookbooks and this is what she made:
Asparagus wrapped in Parma ham, served with a dippy boiled egg
Roast lamb with all the trimmings - roast potatoes, carrots, cauliflower cheese, peas, runner beans and stuffing
Hot cross bun pudding with a rum and chocolate custard
After our delicious lunch we broke the rules and had a seven player game of Monopoly! I always have to buy the dark blues - it's a slight addiction- and end up losing....what does that say about me?! I then brought out my hot cross cookies on Mum's Cath Kidston cake stand; I was so pleased with these! This was the recipe I followed and it made about 15 cookies:
250g plain flour
100g white chocolate chips
100g caster sugar
200g softened, cubed butter
2tsp baking powder
1. Mix the butter, sugar and egg together - I used an electric whisk to ensure it was all smooth.
2. Sift in the baking powder then flour, stirring with a wooden spoon to make an even dough. This takes about ten minutes to mix it all properly; you may have to use your hands to sculpt it into a firm dough.
3. Add the chocolate chips and raisins then press the dough into small balls. You choose how many of the choc chips and raisins you squash into each cookie!
4. Put the cookie dough balls onto grease proof paper lined trays and flatten each slightly. Cook for twelve to fifteen minutes on gas mark 4 until browned.
5. Leave to cool for a good hour before icing. I used three tubes of white chocolate, milk chocolate and caramel flavoured icing and just drew lines over the cookies to imitate the classic hot cross bun design!
Today we are off to my Auntie's for another family roast and a walk by the seaside, weather depending! Tomorrow will be spent devouring Easter eggs no doubt...
Wishing you all a very happy Easter!