Friday, 5 April 2013

polish karpatka and a pretty easter tree

our Easter weekend was delightful - we spent the day on Friday in Winchester strolling through the markets buying olives, sampling the delights of The Bridge Patisserie and popping into Dinghams for some kitchen inspiration.

then on Monday we had an even more wonderful day - starting with french toast and ending with an easter cake filled with pink cake pops and topped with malteaster bunnies, shared with our incredibly cute nieces, Juliet and Rose, along with my mother, brother and sister-in-law...

we've begun an easter tradition of creating an Easter tree - i'm fairly certain this originates in Sweden, and is therefore rather fitting to my heritage. plus, it looks really pretty with the yellow wooden eggs when the branches begin to blossom...


french toast is THE best way to start a bank holiday - and even better made with sourdough, drizzled with agave and homemade blueberry sauce, along with a side of bacon and bananas (i did however keep thinking how incredible this would be Elvis style with maple syrup and peanut butter...)


the recipe for this is in my breakfast book - i love being able to leaf through this and know i can eat anything in it, and also know i've probably already got the ingredients, AND the recipe will turn out well :) even if no-one bought it, it would be worth writing just for my own reference!

there's nothing cuter than watching my husband feed our newest niece...


my sister-in-law makes an incredible roast - tender meat, beautiful roast potatoes (not that i had more than a bite), a perfectly cooked veg and gravy. not too much fat, but lots and lots of flavour. i think i need to learn a few of her skills for future reference...


there were two pudding for Easter - my family have a huge sweet tooth. the first was karpatka, our Polish Karpathian mountain cake - it's sort of a choux pastry filled with custard...


it's rather tasty made the traditional way - but i'm still trying to work on making this low-carb and sugar-free. i've got the custard side of things sorted, so when i discover how to make low-carb yorkshire puddings (i've got some recipes to try for this) then i suppose i can combine the two?!


the second dessert was the epic cake with pink cake pops inserted inside it - alas i couldn't eat more than a bite because it was made with regular sugar and flour, but i did have some of the ganache (just dark chocolate and cream) and enjoyed watching Juliet get stuck in...


so that was our Easter Monday - it was truly relaxing. i'm looking forward to having a few days off next week, as we head to the midlands for a wedding in which Pete is best man...

i still can't believe it's so cold - it even snowed yesterday, and that was the 4th of April!! the weather in England has been so bizarre this year, and i'm really rather looking forward to some sunshine...at some point... hopefully... maybe for the wedding next week would be nice?

currently listening to: attracting flies by AlunaGeorge

2 comments:

  1. Alissa! Random question but isn't your favourite colour red? So are those red bookshelves in your lounge something you picked or did your hubby weirdly already love red, too? I am sure lots of folks like me will be interested in how you develop your interior style now you are all wifed up! Keep up the pretty work! Sophie, Birmingham xoxoxoxox P.S. I really admire your taste and lifestyle choices

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    1. It is red - and Pete happens to love the colour too and decorated his house that colour before I met him - very blessed!

      Hoping that I can get a house tour video done soon - but still quite a bit of 'homemaking' to do before it's finished...

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