It's a lazy Easter Monday in my house, with jammies until lunch time, music wafting from the radio and colouring in at the kitchen table being the order of the day *love*
It follows a lovely Easter weekend of catching up with both sides of our family, lots of eating, egg hunting, gifting and general hanging out with our fave people.
I am generally a bit of a self-professed non-cooking type, but am probably a bit hard on myself in that way. I don't mind pottering in the kitchen, but I can't help but see it as a bit of a chore a lot of the time. I am a fan of eating well and nourishing the little bodies that I'm responsible for, however, and have been doing a lot of reading and following of different articles, blogs and Facebook pages in recent times with regard to the best way of obtaining and maintaining good health through food.
With this in mind, my lazy weekend did involve several stints in my tiny cramped kitchen churning out some nourishing alternatives to standard Easter fare. It seems these days that as soon as one holiday is over, the next one appears with gusto in terms of marketing opportunities, and to that end, no sooner had the half price Christmas decorations been cleared away, than hot cross buns in all of their fruit/no fruit/choc chip varieties were filling every supermarket shelf.
My little family - with my handsome man firmly taking the lead - are demons for a hot cross bun, and with the aforementioned propensity for them to be available from January until April, they seem to be eating them for a good quarter of the year. This year, I discovered a fabulous alternative, so have made several batches of these over the past few weeks, to the delight and applause of the hot cross bun fiends in my family.
At the risk of it seeming as though this has suddenly turned into a cooking blog, I also found a great recipe for homemade chocolate and took some along to the different family festivities that we went along to, packaged up prettily of course...
Actually, I lie. The first lot that I took along to the chilli/pepper crabs Good Friday feast at my in-laws place was packaged up as pictured. Yesterday, I took a second batch to my folks' place, but given that I had only just made it that morning, I was concerned that it wasn't quite set enough to package up, so took it in the dish that I made it in. Which worked out quite well, as it turns out, as no sooner did it appear, than it was finished off between my dad and brother in front of the AFL match of the day on the telly. Inhaled within minutes, saving me various embellishments in the process :-D
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Thanks for sharing my weekend kitchen indulgences! If you're a bit of a wellness warrior yourself, feel free to send any good recipes my way, I'm always on the lookout for yummy wholefood options.
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