We don't need much of an excuse to gather friends and family to feast in our household. Easter provided a good focus for our culinary attentions and a new challenge: to cook while balancing a baby in one arm or with such efficiency that the entire feast could take place during sleep time or, as was reality, cook while baby was sleeping and end up feeding her at the table and eating one handed. Who can blame her? She wanted an Easter feast of her own. (And, I admit, I had help chopping the lamb and shelling the langoustine...)
Tender lamb chump from George Bower's.
Served with a rich red currant jus, sweet potatoes, spring onions and mint.
Double decker strawberry meringue.
And, for Easter Saturday, a shellfish/seafood platter complete with oysters, langoustine, crevettes, smoked mackerel, hot smoked salmon, smoked salmon, dressed crab and lobster. Simply served with Herbie's baguette, mayonnaise, lemon juice and washed down with a clean South African chenin blanc.
You can't quite make it out in the photos above, but this is the look we were going for:
Buy this fishy table runner here.
The menu for Sunday started with chocolate but also featured potato cakes with seafood, pork with braised chicory, green beans with lentils and lots of cheese. Clearly there were too many calories for photos, sorry.