Sunday April 8
We invited Sharon and Liz over to help us celebrate Easter Sunday with a hearty lamb dinner. We hadn't gotten it together to dye any eggs, but scattered our Bowling Bunny toys around to decorate the place. Oddly, Dora didn't attack the bunnies so much, but went after the cabbagy green balls you throw at them.
For appetizers, we laid out a platter of Jungle Jim's house-made mozzarella, genoa salami, tomatoes, and garden arugula, along with an assortment of olives, homemade cornichons, pickled daikon, and sour tomatoes.
The snacks got piled onto slices of Holt's Umbrian Easter bread, Crescia al Formaggio, from Carol Fields' recipe but using pecorino romano and asiago instead of parmisan. A half recipe made a beautiful round loaf in a soufflé dish.
Dinner was of course the butterflied leg of lamb, slathered with rosemary and mustard according to Julia's recipe. The vedge roasted around it was parsnips and onions, and then a sheaf of asparagus roasted in another pan while the meat rested. Sharon kindly supplied a potato kugel with onion and carrot, and Liz brought a hefty red wine to go with it all.
Strangely enough, there were no Peeps or chocolate bunnies for dessert, so we had to make do with Graeter's coconut chip, our friend Lois' triple ginger cookies, and pastries we had been keeping for just such an occasion since our North Philadelphia eating tour.
So an eatin' Easter was had by all.