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
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...