Its Good Friday; beginning of the Passover (well from dusk) and the start of my families Easter. The reason it started on Good Friday is because my stepdaughter was with her dad this weekend and my wife was driving her there on Saturday morning.
Our Easter started with the usual lazy morning as we all came downstairs, the kids thinking they would be overwhelmed by bucket loads of chocolate eggs, and how they were wrong. A small typical commercial chocolate egg each greeted them.
Having had our usual breakfast I sat with my usual cup of ‘I have just woken up’ cup of tea and we relaxed for about ten minutes while the kids played with their playmobil and Lego Duplo. I then disappeared upstairs and planted 9 chocolate eggs around their bedrooms and then brought their buckets down. Little minion buckets this year as the kids love the ‘Despicable Me’ films, and away they went on the hunt. There little faces when they found them and not a squabble in sight, was this a perfect start?
To be honest it never actually took that long for them to find their eggs but it was the surprise next that got their hearts racing, squeals getting louder as they come downstairs to an egg piñata. Armed with wooden spoons and a little help from mum and dad the egg popped, chocolate everywhere, and I mean everywhere.
What mum and I never thought would happen was that the beating of the piñata would rupture and shatter some of the eggs so the room then looked like it had just had a chocolate snow storm. Picking the eggs up took a good 15 minutes and a good 5-minute hoover.
The best part of the morning was when Ella said “ no more chocolate I feel like a chocolate egg”.
That really did make me chuckle.
The afternoon soon came along and into the kitchen we went. Ella and I making hot cross buns. I like cooking with the kids, they have so much honesty when cooking and are never shy to try what they make. This is how I think I manage to convince them to try so much. Ella currently is going through a spicy phase, unsure whether to test her on a vindaloo or is that torture? The hot cross buns turned out to be absolutely gorgeous.
We then decided on fish and chips for dinner from the chippy. Our local chippy is a good one. Never fails to provide succulent white fish, crispy batter and flavoursome chips soaked in plenty of malt vinegar and salt. All shattered the kids went to bed and the wife tried and approved the hot cross buns.
Well Saturday was a turn for the worse as I felt rubbish, “spout of man flu” as the wife says, and Bea also had to take Ella to her Dads. She took Esme leaving Arthur with me as 6 plus hours stuck in the car would be too much for anyone but definitely our youngest so our little man and me chilled on Saturday. This day sort of phased out in a blur or taking tablets, snoozing on the sofa when Bea returned and keeping the kids entertained as being a human climbing frame. Still good fun even when ill.
Sunday was a lot better, still slightly under the weather but we had more fun and I whizzed up our family favourite roast dinner. As it is Easter and Spring I cooked lamb this time. I cooked it slowly with a rub of Thyme and Garlic butter, basting every 30 minutes or so. The recipe will be incoming. This followed an early night for all of us.
Easter Monday was a very productive day, I scrubbed the kitchen from top to tail, re-sorted the cupboards and Bea cleaned the cars. All this while Esme and Arthur played on the trampoline and kicked the football around. I did stop some cleaning at times, as the urge to kick the ball around or even show off on the trampoline to the amusement of the kids when I really cannot do a back flip took over me.
Dinner followed, not as planned, we do have a weekly meal planner and was meant to be spaghetti carbonara. With the weather so beautiful I decided to make some, build yourself tortilla wraps with the left over lamb from the day before. This was accompanied by homemade slaw and homemade garlic mayonnaise with mascarpone stuffed jacket potatoes with red jalapenos running through. This last minute make shift dinner with ingredients at hand went down an absolute treat. In fact the wife has said it is her new favourite wrap.
Now in to the week, back to work for some of it but cannot wait to see Ella on Sunday upon her return from her Dads.
So how was your Easter weekend?