April 22, 2014

Easter 2014 Recap

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine couldn't have been better - a three-day weekend full of sunshine and beautiful weather, friends, family, and lots of good food!

I ended the weekend Sunday night with our Easter dinner and since I enjoyed the meal so much, I thought I would share it with you today!

We started off with some appetizers which included three types of dips (red pepper hummus, baba ganoush, and sweet potato hummus) with an assortment of crackers, cheese and grapes.

Our main course was ham, and for a vegetarian option I made this asparagus gruyere tart from Martha Stewart. I had made it a few years ago for Easter and liked it, so I tried it again but with a different type of cheese this time (oka and some parmesan).

The puff pastry that I used ended up flaking off a lot so it was a bit messy to eat, but it still tasted really good!

My other contribution to the meal was a vegetable side dish. I saw these roasted baby carrots with lemony dill pesto on the blog With Food + Love recently and thought it looked so gorgeous that I wanted to make it for our Easter dinner. I used a mixture of orange, yellow, and purple baby carrots, along with some purple and pink radishes because I love roasted radishes.

The veggies didn't quite get roasted long enough because we were in a bit of a hurry to get dinner on the table, but the pesto turned out really well and was a nice accompaniment!

To round out the meal, my aunt made a delicious scalloped potato dish (recipe here) that had both regular potatoes and sweet potatoes, lots of cheese, and fresh thyme. I'm normally not a huge fan of scalloped potatoes, but I loved the addition of the sweet potatoes in this recipe!

My mom also made a nice light salad that had arugula, strawberries, red onion, and goat cheese.

Here's a pic of my beautiful meal all together before I devoured it!

Finally, for dessert my sister made a coconut lime bundt cake from a recipe in Ontario's Food & Drink magazine. It was nice and fluffy with lots of lime flavour, and we served it with lime ice cream from Marble Slab too, which was very refreshing!

Not only did I get to enjoy this meal, but I also got some gifts from the Easter bunny to take home with me. I got a tin of strawberry rhubarb loose leaf tea from David's Tea, which I can't wait to try because it smells amazing; a pretty ceramic travel mug, and a plastic wine glass with a lid that I'll use in the summer for sitting outside.

Great gifts, great food, and a great time overall!

1 comment:

  1. And this is why Easter is one of the best things of the season :)




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