I thought I’d share with you how we spent Easter Sunday.
It started early with war games. That’s what I’m calling the Easter Egg hunt. Prior to Easter Sunday I made the mistake of thinking everyone was too old for an Easter Egg hunt and when I dared to vocalise this I was severely admonished. So late Saturday it was off to the shops to try and find some Easter eggs and as it was the 11th hour, most shops had all but sold out and I ended up having to race around five different stores to source enough eggs for a hunt. Sure, there wasn’t a great variety but there were enough to scatter across the lawn.
It was Archie who turned the hunt into war games. He threw himself across and all over the lawn trying to find more than his nine-year old brother who was struggling to keep up. All the while Archie was yelling out, ‘Victory is mine; like every year before this one, I’ll be the 2014 Easter Egg Hunt Champion. And this is a capitalist hunt; I won’t be sharing the spoils’. He was killing himself laughing while poor Alfie was madly trying to find more than his older and more experienced brother. I don’t know why it couldn’t have been more civilised. Anyway, although Archie ended up with twice as many eggs, you’ll be pleased to know they were shared equally, even with Arabella who, having experienced this event of war games many times before, preferred to stay in bed.
After all that activity we sat down to homemade hot cross buns that were the very worst I have ever made. I don’t know where I went wrong but I think when the recipe says, ‘rest in a warm place’ and you have nothing but a draught ripping through the house, that could be a factor. We ate them anyway.
Then it was off to my parent’s home for lunch with my sister Milly and her daughter. Yes, the numbers were down this year with three other sisters either overseas or on holidays but we still had a very enjoyable time and Sydney turned on a stunning day that was so warm and sunny we were able to bar-be-cue and eat outside – long may it last!
My father was in charge of the bar-be-cue and he cooked eye fillet of beef and chicken sausages.
Milly brought a salad and I’ll later blog this recipe because it was a fantastic salad with rocket, feta, toasted walnuts, pomegranate seeds and a dressing made with pomegranate molasses. And Millie said it was all so easy it only took her a few minutes to throw together – definitely blog-worthy material!
Somehow Milly didn’t get the memo that I was bringing dessert so she also brought a low-fat ricotta cheesecake with chocolate and glace fruits. This cheesecake doesn’t have a crust and it’s very light and refreshing and I’ll later share this recipe as well because after Christmas, a lot of us have leftover glace fruits and wonder what to do with them. There’s no better time to use them than with the next big family Christian get-together and that’s Easter.
I made a gluten-free and dairy-free almond, coconut and raspberry cake. I found the recipe a couple of years ago on Hannah’s lovely blog, Wayfaring Chocolate. Hannah told me it’s her most viewed and most popular and most commented upon recipe on her blog. I’ve blogged about it before and it has become a cake that I churn out frequently at family events. It’s dairy-free if you use a butter substitute like nuttelex but I make mine with butter. You’re not able to see the raspberries because I heavily dusted the cake in icing sugar to hide the fact that the top of it was beyond golden. It didn’t matter though; we served it with a side of clotted cream and fresh berries and the taste was sensational anyway.
After our big lunch we rolled out the door and headed to church.
Easter Sunday was full of fun, relaxation and family times and I hope yours was too.
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