Easter is usually a busy time trying to catch up with friends and gardening. This year we took my mother out for the day to the Garden House in Devon, which is one of our favourite gardens and one we hadn't ever seen at this time of year before. Summer is a better time for taking photographs, but it was lovely all the same. I did an Easter Tea for ten on Sunday and then our annual eleven mile Easter walk the following day - with a group of six this year. Then CT and I had a lovely few days away at Dartington Hall relaxing, eating too much and catching up with friends - we're not long back. Each of these deserves a full post of its own, especially as chocolate cakes and or puddings were consumed at various locations. But we sadly forgot to take our camera away with us and a post without pictures would not be worth the writing. I'm away to Edinburgh for a work conference next week so have the joy of two 9 hour train journeys to look forward to!
So, the Easter tea. In brief, I made a Simnel Cake, which I shall be blogging about later, Easter biscuits, some more of the white chocolate and passionfruit cupcakes, as they were such a winner. I did a different icing this time and managed not to curdle it - hoorah! One lot of cupcakes, didn't somehow seem enough, so I also made some with dark chocolate and peppermint, which I shall also blog about later. My rye sourdough bread formed the main part of the first course where I made open sandwiches of a) egg mayonnaise and b) guacamole. I also made some lovely cheese scones using more of the TOTAL yogurt as the main binding ingredient.
Unfortunately, although I managed to take a picture of the cakes, people started arriving before I could get my act together to take a picture of the Easter table and all the goodies there on - hey ho!
Luckily, having made so many things for the Big Tea, there were plenty of Easter biscuits left over for the walk the following day. The walk was really enjoyable, as it usually is and the countryside was ablaze with daffodils and primroses.
Now we're just off to spend the day digging in our plot.