David Lebovitz

Easter Weekend

4/07/2018 10:40:00 PM

Hi everybody! Hope you're having a good weekend. I'm glad it was a short week - two short weeks in a row, woohoo! I wasn't planning on doing a specific easter post, as I didn't bake anything seasonal, but we ended up scheduling lots of social gatherings over the long weekend, and it ended up being a surprisingly food-filled weekend! So, here's my easter post!

Friday was a super chill day. Good Friday and Christmas Day are the two major public holidays here in Australia, and most of the shops are closed. We literally stayed home all day, eating hot cross buns and watching a Roseanne marathon on Foxtel. (I'm a huge fan of the show, and loved it growing up - they're all awesome but John Goodman is just The Best. I haven't decided if I'll watch the reboot yet). The hot cross buns came from Babka, thanks to a generous surprise drop-off from my Dad. Woohoo!

Hot Cross Buns

Lunch was fish and chips. I made some mushy peas to go with (Nigella's upmarket mushy peas from How to Eat). So delicious, and the green makes it healthy. Yup.

Fish & chips, potato cake, mushy peas, tartare sauce

For dinner, I revisited How to Eat again, with a scaled down version of Nigella's gigot boulangère - lamb leg cooked on sliced potatoes. So comforting and delicious. I can't believe it's been 12 years since I last made it! Sides were some parmesan-roasted carrots and asparagus.

Gigot Boulangère

On Saturday, we had two of our oldest friends over for dinner. I made Nigella's meatballs with orzo and her chilli cheese garlic bread, both from At My Table, both fabulous! They're beautiful comforting dishes with great flavours. Would make again and again.

Chilli Cheese Garlic Bread

Meatballs with Orzo - whoops, perhaps too much cheese in that bread. SAID NO-ONE EVER

Dessert was my heavenly cheesecake. (I have made this before, and it's a riff on Joanna Weinberg's deconstructed cheesecake). Essentially it's a biscuit base topped with a billowing creamy cream-cheese topping. Much easier than a full baked cheesecake, and majoring on the biscuit base. It's so pretty too! I'll be blogging the recipe soon.

Heavenly Cheesecake

On the Sunday, we took a road trip to the Yarra Valley. Our friend Jess organised the itinerary and I was the designated driver. (Boo but still fun). We hit up some of the smaller venues, ones I hadn't visited before - a dairy, a couple of wineries, and they were all great! I think I'll write a full post about the day.

Lunch at Tokar Estate Winery

And finally, on Monday we hosted a lunch party. I made Ottolenghi's wonderful sweet potato galettes as a starter, followed by eggplant parmigiana as a main. It was delicious! The recipe is coming soon. Oh yes, and baked-to-order cookies for dessert. (David Lebovitz' salted butter choc chip cookies, that I made with salted peanuts. Miam miam). There was also wine and cocktails. Wahey!

Sweet potato galettes

Eggplant parm. And more of that chilli cheese garlic bread!

Salted butter chocolate chip cookies with salted peanuts

And that was my easter! For those who celebrate religiously - happy easter! And as this year, easter coincided with Passover - chag sameach too! To everyone - I hope you managed to have a good rest and enjoy some fun times with friends and family.

Other easter fun from years gone by:

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  1. The galettes are super cute! I have some sweet potatoes that desperately need using up. Perhaps I'll try something similar!



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