The theme for April has certainly been new beginnings: Spring, Easter, an engagement and a new baby (don’t get excited, it wasn’t mine). In fact April was such a busy month I’ve struggled to whittle down to just five.
Make – Needle Felted Spring Wreath
Sudbury Courtyard is a new little courtyard of shops next to National Trust Sudbury Hall. One of the shops is Sticky Fingers who also own a craft cafe in Ashbourne. It’s the kind of shop that’s full of beautiful things you never realised you wanted. They also run craft courses for a very reasonable price.
I decided to do a 3 hour needle felting course. It’s not a craft I’d tried before, but stabbing away at a ball of wool fibres with a barbed needle is strangely therapeutic. All made even better with a pot of tea and slice of cake.
Eat – Lemon & Passion Fruit Cheesecake
Fair to say we’ve eaten well this month. For the last few years now I’ve hosted Easter. For us we don’t celebrate the weekend in the religious sense, but it’s a opportunity to get together with family and eat a celebratory meal for spring and new life.
Ever since I was pregnant with L I’ve had a thing for cheesecake. This baked cheesecake on trustworthy BBC Good Food was just what I was looking for. I subbed the raspberry and lemon curd for fresh passion fruit. I also ended up swapping the digestives for ginger biscuits as I didn’t have the biscuits I thought I had in the cupboard, but it still very much worked and is a great foundation recipe for cheesecake.
There were intentions of freezing some portions of it, but, um that never happened.
Get – Tulips
I love flowers and tulips bring a beautiful injection of colour in the spring days. I planted some tulips in the garden in a variety of colours and this year I’ve been making the effort to cut them a few at a time to have around the house.
Read – National Trust Family Cookbook by Claire Thomson
I regularly cook from Claire’s first cookbook – 5 O’clock Apron so when I spotted her newest books at the National Trust shop at Ilam I knew I had to treat myself to a copy.
Well, we’ve only tried two recipes so far and they have gone down a storm. The Moorish kebabs along with the broccoli, feta filo pie are really good and I look forward to trying more recipes from the book. If you’re looking for a family food cookbook that is packed of flavours and absent of food that is styled for kids (think smiley faces) this is for you.
Go – The Great House, Sonning
Good friends are the type of friends you don’t see in ages, but when you do it feels like only yesterday. Lucy & I lived in the same halls at uni and studied the same course. We were united by our love of Wispa Golds, pizza from the Student Union cafeteria, cheesy music and dislike of late lectures.
Lucy & Dan decided to celebrate their engagement with great food, champagne and prosecco at Coppa Club in Sonning (no we didn’t spot George Clooney). We decided to stop over at the adjoining The Great House because when you’re parents on a child-free night out it’s a bit of a novelty to be able to have a lie in. So, not only did we have a lie in with amazingly no hangover we managed to have a shower in peace and got a free upgrade. Very much winning.