Happy Easter everyone! The weather disappointed or was it just an usual April weather and we were expecting last year’s heatwave?
We had a small gathering and enjoyed it anyway. The house got decorated, many cakes were baked and eggs boiled. There was ham and cress with felt chickens, daffodils, hyacinths and spring twigs picked from the Common; some yellow bunting and lots of bubbly.
The mocha cake from the River Cottage baking Telegraph supplement was stunning, I decorated it with good quality Dutch cocoa and chocolate eggs. The daffs and hyacinths came from Kingston Market and were gorgeous, 4 bunches of daffs for £1, brilliant. The hyacinths are particularly good quality and such a beautiful colour. I was actually going to buy armfuls of ranunculus but the ladies at the stall said they were not up to scratch so had to be sent back, I do like when people care. In fact the red ranunculus in the small vase are over week old and still looking good.
The chicks, wooden eggs and yellow paper for bunting are from Paperchase.
As you can see from the above our windows still need a lot of work but with the gardening season upon us they have to wait till the summer.
The savoury spread, however I forgot to photograph the cheesecake and yeasty babka. They were so delicious it’s too late now!
From top: potato salad, eggs stuffed with smoked trout, radishes, beetroot and horseradish relish, horseradish cream and about 6 kinds of ham, pickles, salmon salad, eggs stuffed with mushrooms. We are missing a wonderful homemade sourdough bread and some equally wonderful heavy rye bread to go with the salmon, homemade pate and of course our dyed customised eggs. The cute chicken napkins are Cath Kidston.
Hope you all had a lovely weekend and didn’t get down by today’s rain and a prospect of it for the next few days. I am back in the office tomorrow for two week, eek. I am going to be doing a jubilee ad for one of the major supermarkets which should be fun.
To end on a happy note the apple blossoms started to open, more gardening soon.