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Easter Tea

Events | 10th April 2010 | By

I haven’t been around much recently and I’m away next week so thought I ought to do a quick post before I disappear again, just to remind folk I’m still around, if somewhat busy. The stack of posts I haven’t yet written will have to wait until I’m back and I will then also catch up with other blogs which I have been sadly remiss in visiting.

Easter is usually a busy time trying to catch up with friends and gardening. This year we took my mother out for the day to the Garden House in Devon, which is one of our favourite gardens and one we hadn’t ever seen at this time of year before. Summer is a better time for taking photographs, but it was lovely all the same. I did an Easter Tea for ten on Sunday and then our annual eleven mile Easter walk the following day – with a group of six this year. Then CT and I had a lovely few days away at Dartington Hall relaxing, eating too much and catching up with friends – we’re not long back. Each of these deserves a full post of its own, especially as chocolate cakes and or puddings were consumed at various locations. But we sadly forgot to take our camera away with us and a post without pictures would not be worth the writing. I’m away to Edinburgh for a work conference next week so have the joy of two 9 hour train journeys to look forward to!

So, the Easter tea. In brief, I made a Simnel Cake, which I shall be blogging about later, Easter biscuits, some more of the white chocolate and passionfruit cupcakes, as they were such a winner. I did a different icing this time and managed not to curdle it – hoorah! One lot of cupcakes, didn’t somehow seem enough, so I also made some with dark chocolate and peppermint, which I shall also blog about later. My rye sourdough bread formed the main part of the first course where I made open sandwiches of a) egg mayonnaise and b) guacamole. I also made some lovely cheese scones using more of the TOTAL yogurt as the main binding ingredient.
Unfortunately, although I managed to take a picture of the cakes, people started arriving before I could get my act together to take a picture of the Easter table and all the goodies there on – hey ho!

Luckily, having made so many things for the Big Tea, there were plenty of Easter biscuits left over for the walk the following day. The walk was really enjoyable, as it usually is and the countryside was ablaze with daffodils and primroses.
Now we’re just off to spend the day digging in our plot.


  1. Chele

    10th April 2010 at 7:42 am

    Wondered where you’d gotten to! Give me a shout when you’re in Edinburgh if you’re bored or have some spare time ;0)

  2. Kath

    10th April 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Ooh lovely, sounds like a very good table of food indeed and a lovely way to spend the Easter break. Have a good time in Edinburgh, hope you manage to see beyond a hotel room and conference room. Hope the train journey isn’t too horrible. Looking forward to the dark chocolate and peppermint post.

  3. oxslip

    10th April 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Yum doesn’t even begin to describe how good all of that looks. We were with my folks in the Camel Valley, so maybe not too far from you, it was lovely in between the rainy spells. Take your woolies for that trip, Edinburgh is ace but bound to be freezing

  4. Janice

    10th April 2010 at 7:16 pm

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  5. Janice

    10th April 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Your Easter Tea looks delicious. If you are in Scotland this weekend, you might be pleasantly surprised by the weather, we have a little spring warmth.

  6. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

    10th April 2010 at 9:30 pm

    As always, your photos are fab – thanks for sharing, Choclette. Love the photo of the bridge!

  7. Foodycat

    11th April 2010 at 7:50 am

    Such a beautiful table-full! I hope you are having a nice break.

  8. aforkfulofspaghetti

    11th April 2010 at 8:27 am

    That looks like an Easter tea and a half! What a lovely way to celebrate.

  9. Lucie

    11th April 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I had wondered where you had been…. Your tea looks wonderful. Hope all goes well in Edinburgh.

  10. Choclette

    11th April 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Chele – thanks for the invite. If I’d got my act together, I could have tagged a couple of extra days on to my trip – I do love Edinburgh – but I didn’t, so sadly don’t think I’m likely to get much in the way of free time.

    Thank you Kath, I’ve had a really nice Easter week – far too short of course. Hoping I will get to see a bit of Edinburgh whilst I’m there and I can catch up with some reading on the train, so the journey will hopefully be fine. I have a whole load of posts queuing up – I made a birthday cake today too.

    Oxslip – hope you enjoyed your stay here (Camel Valley not far) despite the rain. Take it you left before the sun arrived.

    Thanks Janice – am hoping it won’t be cold up your way, but hard to tell quite what I should take to wear.

    Celia – thank you for your confidence boosting admiration of my photos, it put a big smile on my face.

    Thank you Foodycat – will hopefully soon catch up with what you have been up to recently.

    Thank you Aforkful – there were some leftovers!

    Thank you Lucie – Edinburgh is a lovely city, so I’m sure I’ll have a good time.

  11. The Caked Crusader

    13th April 2010 at 10:32 am

    A girl after my own heart “one lot of cupcakes didn’t seem enough” – I love it!!!

  12. Katie

    14th April 2010 at 6:04 am

    All the food looks delicious

  13. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes

    16th April 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Look at that spread! Beautiful cakes, Wish I had come for tea – and doilies too – your guests must have felt very loved!

  14. Margaret

    16th April 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I’ve got cake envy!

  15. Choclette

    16th April 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Caked Crusader – can one ever have enough of cupcakes?

    Katie – thank you

    Joanna – thank you. Now I don’t know about loved, but guests most certainly felt full.

    Margaret – I think everyone else’s cakes always look or taste better than my own – usually both!


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