Happy Easter/Joyeuses Pâques

HAPPY EASTER TIME!

Just the quickest of messages to wish all our customers, friends and family a very very Happy Easter time 2017 from Chez Teresa/A Taste d’Angleterre in Fontevraud l’abbaye!

I love the highly painted Easter Eggs from Russia

Years ago we met a lady called Lady Rupert Nevill and visited her home near Lewes.  She collected Fabergé eggs and had quite a collection…..Very beautiful and extremely valuable, these fabulous  jeweled eggs were created by the House of Fabergé and were manufactured under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé at the height of the reign of Czar Nicholas II.  There is something very comforting about the shape of an egg.  I recall as a child blowing eggs with my father, John and painting them in various colours.  

We have just made the hot cross buns for Good Friday and for Easter Weekend, so fingers crossed they have risen!  Mentioning Good Friday..it always strikes me as strange that in a still fairly devout country, most of France does not actually mark Good Friday with a Bank Holiday.   Apparently they do in Alsace Lorraine, but not here in the Loire Valley.  I’ve probably remarked on this before, but it does strike me as a little strange.  Probably some folks do take the day off, but as part of their annual leave.

An Easter Tree meets Cherry Blossom at Chez Teresa

Anyway the hot cross buns have risen and here they are again fresh from the oven……..To my mind Good Friday wouldn’t be the same without one or two toasted for breakfast with lashings of butter.

Asparagus quiche is also on our Easter menu served with a crisp green salad..I always think that there is something very spring like about asparagus which is why I also made a potato, mint, spring onion and asparagus salad which has turned out rather well.  This salad is dressed in a mix of mayonnaise with a smidgen of Dijon mustard.  Especially delicious served warm!

Chez Teresa’s Potato, mint, spring onion and asparagus salad

Simply boil up some new potatoes cook until tender but firm.  Next finely chop a few spring onions, fresh chives, hint of sea salt, black pepper and a sprinkling of chopped mint.  Roughly chop the asparagus and mix with some best quality mayo and a hint of Dijon mustard.   Sprinkle with a few flaked almonds if you want a bit more decor, texture and/or novelty…..This kind of salad is also very tasty spooned into avocado halves and sprinkled with paprika.

 Potato, mint, spring onion and asparagus salad in am avocado

A Veggie Easter Treat!

We have lots of chocolate delights and Easter treats treasures on display this year in our salon and have created a range of Easter themed gateaux for our customers and visitors.

Rustic Easter Cake 2017

A Smartie encrusted chunky chocolate cake also goes down quite well this time of year especially with the children, so we have them to serve.  Bit lop sided this time, but tasty just the same; and when you cut a slice or two who will know?

We’ve gone to town this year with our Easter decorations with painted eggs and even a few illuminated ones and we haven’t forgotten the Easter bunnies and chocolate brownies!

Just noticed this poem on the net which I thought was quite cute:

Something that Easter always brings

Easter duck and Easter chick,
Easter eggs with chocolate thick.

Easter hats for one and all,
Easter Bunny makes a call!

Happy Easter always brings
Such a lot of pleasant things.

–Written by Elsie Parrish

Well, whoever you are Elsie Parrish I thank you for sharing this sweet little ditty: Something that Easter always brings….well for some of us anyway and thankfully this is us!

 

Don’t forget your Easter Bonnet!

In fact my Mother, Joy Irene used to tell me that when she was a child each year all 5 children were bought new Easter hats and outfits.   What a lovely tradition.

We raise our Easter bonnets to you all and we hope that you have a happy and peaceful one!

Bisous!

Chickadees galore…..

Chez Teresa/A Taste d’Angleterre, Fontevraud l’abbaye, 2017

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