4.27.2011

Looooong Weekend Part 2


Sunday started with much relief (for Number One Son that is) because the Easter Bunny did in fact find and visit our house Saturday night. There was some uncertainty on the part of the man/child I guess so once that was cleared up,we'd walked to, attended and walked home from Church, significant exhaustion had to be addressed...

Smart boy to move his tie to safer, higher "ground" before nodding off while others just curled up and napped unencumbered by holiday wear...

Since we were hosting Easter dinner, Darling Daughter saw to the table arrangements...

Meanwhile I was kitchen bound, first with the finishing touches to a batch of my mother-in-law's Homemade Mustard and then on to Sharp Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits. (9 full ounces.of cheese - thanks to Ms. Stewart!).

They are a spectacular accompaniment to Ham! This year I tried a Martha recipe for the Easter Roast I've never done before...Fresh Ham with green Herb Paste...scored and tufted with sprigs of Rosemary and Garlic...(Holidays around here are all Martha Stewart, all the time - so well worth the effort!)


Tied and rubbed with a garlic/rosemary/oregano paste and settled onto a bed of onion, Rosemary and Bay and slow cooked with the benefit of basting with white wine and fresh dollops of herb paste applied at regular intervals.

All this yielded a deliciously flavoured and moist ham and the most delectable sauce you can imagine.

Rounding out the dinner menu we enjoyed Beets with Feta, Medley of Spring Vegetables and Herbs and a lighter, vegetable laden version of the Passover dish of Potato Kugel wonderfully prepared by my sister.
Before all this we'd enjoyed a lighter variation on Guacamole than I usually make - this recipe calling for the addition of mint and oregano and a plate of those great little cream cheese and Red Pepper Jelly thingies
Afterwards, a tray of Grandma's Butter Tarts were passed around as the coffee and tea were poured. Then thanks to all hands helping, little more than an hour later the house was quiet, the kitchen was clean and we still had another day to look forward to in this looooong looooong weekend and I had it earmarked for nothing but knitting! A (Very) Happy Easter chez Sel and Poivre.

5 comments:

Sandra said...

yum. We did a spiral ham at the cottage, and had the neighbours over - still tons of leftovers. I had brought the panini press with us and had the most delicious ham paninis the next day.
I've got to try out Martha's biscuits - they look delish!

Tina said...

That looks like the perfect Easter meal, though I would skip the ham and ladle my plate full with the yummy side dishes :-) I love how your table is set! Doggie looks perfectly comfy there!

Rue said...

Looks delicious and the presentation is beautiful! What a great way to end a weekend that didn't start out too well.

Laurie said...

What a beautiful meal! I made a pot roast since I eat neither ham nor lamb. Finishing it all off as hash tonight.

Brenda said...

The table and meal look wonderful Does Martha do funeral lunches?