I love Easter here in LW. There are a set of rituals and traditions that have been built on year on year that make the extended weekend something of a marathon celebration. An excuse for a three night / 4 day party with friends; late nights, live music, over indulgent food (chocolate) consumption and so much dancing and laughter my belly hurts. Tuesday has become a day of recovery.
The Music Beer Walk weekend centred around the Neuadd Arms Hotel took centre stage for much of the weekend. Friday/Saturday/Sunday evening and even some of those afternoons too. There was a wealth of communal singing and playing with informal jamming and plenty of musicians and punters just having a good old knees up … there were some ‘proper’ performances too. Great Irish/Welsh folk music by Pretty in Pink; acoustic folk, pop, rock, blues covers by String Motion; and good old electric rock and blues with Dangerous Dave and Friends.
Between sessions in the pub were indulgent roast dinners with our boys , their partners and friends; board games; Easter egg hunts (yes 20 and 30 year old ‘children’ do still want you to hide chocolate around the garden for them to find) . The only difference is there’s more swearing; harder hiding places and some serious negotiations and power plays when the final bounty is collected and compared!
Easter Sunday always comprises of our friends annual egg rolling and feasting afternoon. We (friends of all ages from toddlers to retired) gather and colour in our designs on hard boiled eggs over cups of tea. We stroll to a local hill, scramble to the top and hurl the eggs down. If yours doesn’t break then its back up the hill for you. Last one to break or furthest unbroken egg after four or so assaults on the summit wins a prize. Its then back to their house of a heavily chocolate based buffet to which we all contribute (this year I made a chocolate orange cointreau cake – recipe attached); we all help hide eggs around the garden for the little kids and then we pass the rest of the afternoon playing silly games – egg roulette, egg catch, hula hooping the maltesa slide and various other made up games that generally involve chocolate.
Anyway, here’s me with a rather handsome Easter Bunny….
…and here’s the recipe for my chocolate orange cointreau cake (other orange liqueurs are available)….
Chocolate Orange Cointreau Cake – easy peasy to make
9oz self raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
6oz caster sugar
rind and juice of 2 oranges
5oz sunflower oil
2 tablespoons golden syrup
4oz plain chocolate (grated)
6 tablespoons cointreau
place all the ingredients in a large bowl and blend well for a few minutes.
line a loose bottomed tin , pour in the mixture
bake on a gas 3/320F/160C for 45 mins or until risen and away from the edges
you can thank me later……
How did you spend your Easter ?