Easter means a lot of things to different people.
It’s the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.
For some, it’s the opportunity to catch up with friends and family.
Here at the farm, we spend the weekend catching up on chores. AND it’s 4 days off! Well, I’m going to work for 2 days however Mr D will enjoy the time off in among the chores.
Easter is also, I think, permission to eat a lot of chocolate. Mr D and I have already gone mad and I am suffering. I shouldn’t eat chocolate as it doesn’t agree with me.
Good Friday is normally a seafood day for us however the week got away (only got home from Sydney Thursday arvo so no time to plan or shop for a seafood dinner) so the closest we got was fish and chips. B1 also requested marinated baby Octopus.
We love fish and chips. I have to say though that fish and chips without tartare sauce is not fish and chips. I don’t mean the stuff you buy in a jar. I mean home made if you can be bothered. Once you’ve eaten home made tartare sauce, you will never again buy it in the jar.
Here’s a couple of recipes for you and have a very happy Easter long weekend, whichever way you choose to celebrate!
1 1/2 cups whole egg mayonnaise
1 gherkin, chopped
1 teaspoon capers, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 small onion, chopped
Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Make several hours in advance to allow the flavour to develop.
Marinated Baby Octopus
1 kg baby octopus, cleaned
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
6 teaspoons garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon chilli (or to taste)
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
Combine all of the ingredients and leave for several hours or overnight in the fridge. Cook on the BBQ plate for a couple of minutes and then on the grill flame for a minute to char-grill. Octopus cooks really quickly.
Good Friday dinner and a good Friday dinner! Fish, chips, marinated octopus, salad, a delicious tartare sauce and a glass of wine on the side! Heaven!
And hopefully the weather will improve. The weather here in Bunyan wasn’t special for Good Friday. It rained nearly the whole time I was in Sydney and I think it followed me home. No rain so far, just overcast and chilly. It might only be Autumn however Winter is on it’s way.
How did you celebrate this year? How’s the chocolate consumption going? Have you already over indulged?