Welcome back,I hope you all had a Happy Easter.

Easter is family time for us. My partner, Adrian, and I live south of Perth, Western Australia, a couple of hours south of our kids. So we don’t get to see them and the grandkids as often as we would like.
So, any chance we get, we organise a family get-together, and Easter is a perfect opportunity. I cook like crazy for a couple of days, then we all get together over food and drinks for a wonderful family gathering.
This year we have an (almost) new grandson. He’s just 4 months old and really starting to turn into a proper person. He loves our dogs and the feeling is mutual. Daisy was absolutely fascinated with Jackson, and shadowed him for the whole day.
We had a delicious lunch with Twice Baked Cheese Souffles on Mushroom Steaks, roast pork, roast potatoes and pumpkin, and steamed vegetables. I rolled the pork roast in a mixture of a quarter of a cup of brown sugar, half a teaspoon of ground pepper, and half a teaspoon of salt. It caramelised beautifully over the pork and gave it a delicious flavour.
To finish I made my Gluten Free Caramel Walnut Tart and a Gluten Free Rhubarb and Apple Crumble with Gluten Free, lactose free custard.
Then we all went into a food coma!
What did you have for Easter? Do you have a special dish that comes out on special occasions like Easter or Christmas? If you do, why not pop over to my blog and leave a quick message to tell everyone what your special dish is? Just scroll down and leave a comment and let me know what your special occasion dish is.


Garden Update

 A couple of weeks ago I told you I’d planted up my Autumn/Winter vegetable garden. It’s coming along a treat. I have a heap of broccoli and cabbages sprouting. I don’t know if any of them are the Romanesco Broccoli, I won’t know that until they form their heads, but it sure looks hopeful.
My spinach seedlings are zooming along, and I look like I’ll have a bumper crop of peas as well.
The weather here has changed, like it has most places I guess, so I have garlic shoots popping up all over my veggie garden beds from cloves I obviously missed last year when I harvested. The rule I was taught was “plant on the shortest day, harvest on the longest day”, but it looks like it will be worthwhile putting some cloves in now. The problem is to resist the urge to dig them up when I need just one or two cloves of garlic for something. They don’t really form up into nice bunches of cloves until quite late. But if I just need some garlic flavour then I have a bad habit of going and pulling a half formed garlic plant out and using it anyway.
One of the good things about living in a moderate climate is we get flowers in the garden all year as well. So I have poppies popping up, and my cyclamens are flowering already. I’ve just put in pansy seeds because I love pansies and violas. And the jonquils and daffodils are starting to sprout. My delightful dahlias are another thing that has got confused by the weather so they’re in full flower now.
It looks like I’ve got a few busy weeks getting the weeds under control though. So, until next week – stay healthy and eat well.
Image of Twice Baked Souffle on Mushroom Steak

Twice Baked Souffle on Mushroom Steak

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