Looks like we're finally going to have Spring in New York and hopefully its here to stay!
I'm a bit late in extending my Spring holiday wishes to you all, but nevertheless, I hope you've enjoyed whatever celebrations were on the menu for you last week.
Naturally, the Diva family and friends did some celebrating yesterday. We had our traditional Easter gathering in Brooklyn again this year at the home of my Divalicious sister-in-law H.
True to form, the festivities began with some nibbles. A selection of luscious cheese from Marlow & Daughters - and some marvelous truffle honey to go with, purchased from Chez What's Open Sky shop. The truffle honey was a huge hit and was spectacular when paired with the cheese, particularly that goat's milk blue that you see on the middle of the board. Some spicy Bloody Marys rounded out the pre-dinner pickings.
I'll be honest, The Diva was definitely off-duty yesterday ... both in terms of cooking and photographing. I made my signature mashed potatoes and our traditional Easter cake for dessert and that's about it. While I started strong with the appetizer pictures, my enthusiasm for photographing the day's events wained as hunger set in.
I got a shot of our Seven Hour Lamb before it hit the table and one of my lambie cake ... and that's about it!
We certainly enjoyed the feast. The table was loaded with: Seven Hour Roast Lamb, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, roasted brussels sprouts, spinach and asparagus quiche, an Italian sausage pie, dinner rolls, corn and carrot muffins and my cranberry blood orange butter.
The day was so sunny and warm, we decided to have our dessert up on the roof deck, with a view of the Williamsburg Bridge. Mama Diva provided a delicious selection of cookies and I brought our traditional lamb cake ... which looks more like a Labradoodle than it does a lamb! But that didn't stop us from hacking into it ... take a look at the "after" shot ...
Rather barbaric, isn't it? For those interested, the cake was made using Wilton's Stand-Up Lamb pan. It couldn't be easier and if you're more enterprising than I am, you can actually make it look like a lamb if you dust off your piping bag. I told you I was off-duty last week!
Many thanks to H. for hosting such a wonderful feast and to W. for bringing the wine and Easter treats! I may never eat again! ;)
So, how was your weekend? Celebratory Diva wants to know?