Eating good things at home

Easter morning in Birkenhead and the bacon came from Rosscarbery.

For the last two years and for most of the years previous when we have been in Ahakista Easter lunch has been had at The Good Things Cafe. One year we even walked it there on the back road that runs in a straight line to Durrus a few hundred up from the sea rising up and down as it goes. The walk took longer than expected and we were late for the table and the walk back took even longer. Last year some of walked half the way there, this time we walked along the coast road looking at the damage that had been caused by the storms earlier in the year.


Well we won’t be walking to The Good Things Cafe this year although the menu looks mighty tempting:-

Roast Lamb with Spinach Stuffing, Pink Grapefruit and Rosemary Jelly served with Roast Potatoes


A Growers Plate – A Filo of Leeks, Marscapone and Cashel Blue, Beetroot and Carrot Fritters with Dill and Yogurt Sauce and Asparagus in Sea Salad Butter served withSeasonal Vegetables, Roast Potatoes and leaves with a Dressing.

So good in fact that I have decided to try reproduce it at home.

The jelly was made with Ruby Grapefruit from the grocers last night and rather to my surprise has worked. I made it with the juice of three grapefruit which I mixed with some sugar until it seemed to have right balance of sweet and sour, some chopped rosemary was stirred in along with some gelatine. It set overnight.

The lamb has been stuffed with a mixture of spinach, pinenuts and garlic and is now ready for roasting.

I will make the filo tart later this afternoon. Unfortunately Cashel Blue is not readily available in Birkenhead so I will make do with feta and parmesan with asparagus.

But before all that we will need a walk to build up an appetite.


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