I love the Easter holiday as hopefully the weather will allow us all to get out and about and enjoy some warm weather. I think it really starts to feel like summer as it is followed by 2 bank holidays so you can enjoy longer weekends. But what about the chocolate!
Certainly as marketing has become so much more sophisticated the chocolate eggs and bunnies seem to be available earlier and you could end up with house full if you have children as it is estimated that each child receives over 8 eggs.
So how do you avoid overindulging. Personally now I longer have children at home I just don’t have anything chocolate at Easter and prefer to be given a plant or some flowers. But I know it isn’t that easy when you have a young family or traditionally you have always had an egg at Easter.
The one thing I did do when I had eggs in the house was to break them up into pieces and keep them in the freezer just taking some chocolate out when I really wanted it and planned into my eating. This might also help your children from overdoing it as they will know that the eggs are still there and you are not taking them away.
I have promised you a recipe so here is a lovely meal you could cook at Easter. As Lamb is often cooked at Easter this makes a difference to cooking a roast leg and is really delicious
LAMB WITH WHITE WHITE
450 grams lean lamb steak cubed
100 grams button mushrooms
4/5 shallots roughly chopped
2/3 cloves of garlic chopped
Beef Oxo Cube
125 mls white whine
1 tsp cornflour or gravy granules
1tsp olive oil
Serve with Broccoli, Carrots and 150 grams of New Potatoes per person
Take the cubed lamb and add to a large pan with the olive oil and cook until the meat is browned about 5 minutes. Add the shallots and garlic and cook for a further 2-3 minutes unto they are softened. Add the mushrooms and stir then add the white wine cooking for a further few minutes.
Make up the Beef oxo cube with 200 mls of boiling water then add to the pan with a Bouquet Garni and simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until the meat is tender.
Meanwhile cook to new potatoes, broccoli and carrots.
Just before serving remove all the meat and vegetables from the pan and put in a warm serving dish.
Add either cornflour or gravy granules to thicken the remaining cooking liquid and this will make delicious gravy.
All this for just under 500 calories