EASTER MADE EASY

Haven’t started work­ing on to­mor­row’s din­ner yet? Don’t worry, CATHER­INE FUL­VIO has plenty of ideas for a fuss-free feast

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Cather­ine Ful­vio has tips and recipes for a fuss-free feast

After a bit­terly cold start to spring, I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to open­ing the doors up to the fam­ily for some fuss-free Easter en­ter­tain­ing - but I want to en­joy it too!

To en­sure this is the case I al­ways choose one course or more that can be pre­pared at least a day in ad­vance. Here I’m sug­gest­ing two starters which can be made ahead: Roasted Red Pep­per, Leek and Soft Farm­house Cheese Ter­rine looks fab­u­lous, with lots of colour – and it tastes great too! The Easy Mack­erel Pate is a real crowd-pleaser as well.

For the main course, I find roasts are al­ways a big hit when en­ter­tain­ing, they look great in the cen­tre of the ta­ble and they are easy to make. As long as you’ve done the prep (mint sauce and roasted pota­toes par boiled) the meat al­most cooks it­self once it’s in the oven. In this case — and be­ing a lamb farmer’s daugh­ter — I have cho­sen a roast leg of Wick­low lamb. Re­mem­ber to al­ways al­low the lamb to come to room tem­per­a­ture be­fore roast­ing – this will take ap­prox­i­mately 30 min­utes.

For dessert I’m opt­ing for my mother’s to-die-for Le­mon Meringue Pie – it’s a make-ahead dessert and a per­fect es­cape from all the choco­late that Easter brings. Fi­nally, send the kids out to play or into the gar­den for an Easter egg hunt while the adults ex­tend the meal and linger over a tasty cheese­board.

Most im­por­tantly, don’t bite off more than you can chew — ask for help and make sure you have some­one nom­i­nated to do the wash­ing-up!

RUN by celebrity chef Cather­ine Ful­vio, Bal­ly­knocken Cook­ery School of­fers a se­lec­tion of half day, week­end cook­ery cour­ses. Known for her Ital­ian cook­ing, Cather­ine and her team host cour­ses from around the world with themes such as good South­ern Ital­ian to Korean BBQ as well as the pop­u­lar 7 Nights 7 Meals 1 Plan and Fab­u­lous Mains and Desserts. All guests en­joy a tour of the herb and veg­etable gar­den when some of the pro­duce is picked from. Classes start from €120. Visit bal­ly­knocken.ie for more in­for­ma­tion.

Recipes taken from Cather­ine’s lat­est cook­book A Taste of Home, a food story from Bal­ly­knocken House, Co Wick­low. The recipes Cather­ine has se­lected for fuss-free en­ter­tain­ing fea­ture mainly Ir­ish pro­duce with farm­house cheeses and Wick­low lamb...

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