Sunday, April 16, 2006

Easter extravaganza

I am writing slouched on the couch as we’ve just had soooo much food this afternoon, I could not possibly sit up. But it was wonderful, we had lovely company, the weather was beautiful and allowed us to go out and sit in the sun, and after two days in the kitchen we had a true Easter feast. As this was the first time in about one and a half years since I’d had a big dinner party I went a bit overboard. So a big thanks to Barry for helping me out with everything and calming my panic attacks (we’re not gonna have enough food!!). Anyway, this is what we had but unfortunately I forgot to take pics of lots of the dishes so I’ll leave it up to your imagination.

We had spiced chickpeas to nibble on, then Nigella’s
ham in cola, which is always a great success. For the vegetarians there was an asparagus quiche, chickpea fritters with a tikka sauce and Jerusalem artichoke salad, both from the Crank’s cookbook I got for my birthday and hadn’t had a chance to cook from yet. Then our guests brought lovely salads, potato cakes and chocolates and we had lots of different homemade breads with rosemary, sun-blushed tomatoes and a butter lamb as well (the mould was another present).

For dessert we had chouquettes, a slightly adapted version of Gateau de Mamy with more almonds, less flour and pieces of dark chocolate, Pate brisee with Dulce de Leche instead of ganache, hot cross buns, as I’d never had any before and finally a Pavlova with a mascarpone lime cream topped with raspberries and strawberries from the Avoca cookbook.

So now…we just need to digest (which will take a while I think) and then have it all over again as we made way too much food! There was no need to panic after all….

3 comments:

anna said...

Sounds quite a feast!

How did you mould the lamb? Is he made of butter?

Eva said...

It realy was, I've just finished the last leftovers at lunch!

The lam is made of butter by using a wooden mould My brother gave me one for christmas as he figuered it was one kitchen accessory I didnt have yet. You soak the mould in cold salty water for a while to prevent the butter sticking once you unmould the lam. Then you fill the mould with soft butter and leave it in the fridge to set. The unmoulding can be a bit tricky but as its butter, it is relatively easy to patch the lam up again...

Eva said...

for example see....
http://www.rtvutrecht.nl/index.php?page=thema/artikel&id=110&artikelid=112023