Lunch for Ten on Easter Day!
I decided to have a London-based Easter this year and invited a bunch of friends over for a day of feasting and drinking…which ended up lasting nearly 12 hours!
The table setting was spring-inspired, with fresh daffodils, chicks and chocolate eggs and I planned a menu of Easter delights to treat my guests.
For starters, we had marinated beetroot, rocket and grilled goat’s cheese with fresh olive bread. The marinade was quite simple, just fresh olive oil and red wine vinegar from the farmer’s market, fresh thyme and a sprinkling of sugar.
I sliced the beetroot and left it to marinade overnight, which gave it a gorgeous delicate flavour the following day. This is a great light starter, particularly if you’ve got a heavy meal ahead.
For mains, I bought a 4kg leg of lamb from the local butchers. I slow roasted the lamb for about six hours, with a mixture of white wine, carrots, onions and various herbs, and it just fell off the bone when we came to carve.
I served the lamb with roasted sweet potato, seasonal salad and green beans, and leeks/peas with bacon lardons steamed in white wine. For the vegetarian option, I made a Paella with peas, cherry tomatoes and pan grilled artichokes.
Dessert was hot cross bun bread and butter pudding with custard, followed by traditional Easter cake and dessert wine. After which we could just about squeeze in the deliciously runny Brockley Market cheese and biscuits, washed down with another half a dozen bottles of wine.
Safe to say, I’m on a health-kick this week…but it was worth it!
Emily @FashionBite xx
(With thanks to my fabulous Sous chef Amy!)