Spring has sprung (the first signs) and the sunshine is here! Makes us think about the Easter break and fun family and food time ahead. Here’s some ideas for some tasty Easter recipes, making the most of those flavourful spring ingredients.
Ingredients: (Serves 6)
Mix together the honey, mustard, lemon zest, black pepper and garlic on a bowl. Marinade the lamb in the mixture and place in the fridge overnight.
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 8/230ºC. Once the oven has reached the required temperature, put the lamb on a rack over a baking tray or roasting tin and sprinkle over the coarse salt.
Cook the lamb for around 20 minutes, then lower the heat to Gas Mark 6/200ºC and roast the lamb for another hour. This should cook the lamb to medium rare/nicely pink. Rest the lamb for at least ten minutes before carving and serving.
Serve with roast potatoes, springe greens and even some fresh, new asparagus spears. Delicious!
Ingredients: (Serves 8)
Heat butter and oil in a heavy bottomed pan until the butter has melted. Add the chopped onion and celery. Cook until softened, stirring occasionally, for around five minutes. Add the garlic and herbs, stir and cook briefly.
Stir in the peas and add the water and stock. Bring to the boil and reduce the heat to a strong simmer and cook until all ingredients are soft.
For the buttercream:
Heat the oven to 190C, Gas Mark 5.
Grease and line two sandwich tins of about 20cm
Mix the butter, vanilla, flour, milk, cocoa, sugar, eggs, in a food processor, until smooth and you have a fluffy, light mixture.
Spoon the mixture into the tins. Bake for 25 mins – test with a skewer to see if it is cooked all the way through (skewer should come out clean).
Beat the butter, cocoa, vanilla, icing sugar and milk to a smooth consistency and set aside.
Once cool, spread one cake with the buttercream and add the other cake on top, spread with more buttercream and top with mini eggs.
The pea soup will keep in the fridge, covered, for up to four days, and also freezes well.
And if you have lots of Easter leftovers, try out this ingenious recipe we found on the Jamie Oliver website – Jamie Oliver easter leftovers hot cross bun eggy bread Hot Cross Bun Eggy Bread
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