Easter this year, like most years, is spent with family. During the Easter season, I am most thankful for the family and my friends around me. Most of my days are focused on work and duties on being a wife and a mother. I am constantly busy planning our days and weeks ahead that sometimes it is hard to live in the present.
This year, I spent 5 days focused on what is important. My Family. I love to have my table laden with food that has been prepared with love.
Here is how I spent my last few days
Good Friday is always spent at my Mother in law’s home. We are always well fed. But for some reason (mostly due to the consumption of (numerous) glasses of wine) I forgot to take photos of the delicious roasted salmon and barbecued vegetables we ate.
For dinner I had my #luxbitefamily over for a pot luck dinner. Nothing can go wrong with a bunch of foodies and chefs over for dinner.
We had a feast. It is very rare that we are all able to get together for a meal.
I baked my Easter Hummingbird cake. It’s moist and light. I love this cake and I’m happy to say that it went down a treat with my co-workers.
On Easter Saturday, the day was warm and the sun was shinning. A perfect day for a drive with Hubby, Kiddies and my parents. We took a day trip along the Victorian coast to Torquay.
My dear friend, Hilda, whom I have known for many years, came over with her family for lunch. We used to work together back in my corporate days. We have kept in touch after I left and we are still so close. So close that she became Thomas’ God mother. Along with my parents, we enjoyed lunch together.
I was lucky to have received a pack from Murray Valley Pork. I roasted up a pork shoulder that was boned and rolled. The skin came out super crispy and the meat was so tender and moist. My tip to achieve this is to pump up the heat of your oven to 220degC for the first 20 mins to get the crackling going then turn the heat down to 180 and cook for 20mins for every 500g of the pork.
Dessert was meringue nests with cream and strawberries. I have to say the meringues came out really well. I used Mary Berry’s recipe this time round and I think it turned out to be the best I’ve made. Hilda also brought some of Phillippa’s hot cross buns and crepe cakes from Mille & B.
Family time at Nature Play at Royal Park. We discovered this park a couple weeks back. It’s a great park for all ages of children. There is also a wet area for hot days. But on this day, we kept ourselves dry.
The Simnel Cake I baked for Hubby. I don’t eat fruit cake and marzipan so it’s all for him.
I had the day off so we went out for breakfast and a movie.
We try to eat locally to support great businesses in our area. Unfortunately, there are not many in our area but when we do find a good one, supporting them is important so they survive.
Before heading off to watch a family movie, we had breaky at a local cafe, Red Beetle. Cafe. Their food is honest and hearty. It is affordable and will warm up your tummy.
I am happy to have spent days with my family to create happy memories. These days are precious.