Easter Reset: Tagliatelle with Zucchini and Peas

Tagliatelle with Zucchini and Peas

 

So you ate all the chocolate on the weekend? Now you’re feeling a little soft around the middle and guilty from indulging? Well just stop that right now! There’s nothing wrong with a bit of indulgence now and then and I will certainly not feel guilty about eating bucket-loads of chocolate at Easter, the nominated day of all chocolate eating. But, in case you feel like you need to hit the ‘reset’ button after your Easter splurge, I thought today would be a good day to post my first ever savoury post and help you through it.

Afternoon Tea at the Park Hyatt

A True Love of Mine: High Tea at the Hyatt

¬†I’m pretty sure that there can be no arguments that high tea really is the best.

If you find yourself disagreeing with me, I refer you to the picture above. When else can you gorge on scones with lashings of jam and cream followed by petite desserts and artfully constructed finger sandwiches. When else can you pretend to really be from high society and sip fragrant tea with your pinkie in the air? Ok, so I don’t quite do that but I do love a good cup of tea. And scones. And cakes. And (some) sandwiches. So in January this year, to mark the end of the holidays, mum and I went to sample the afternoon¬†tea of the Sydney Park Hyatt.

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

I love the smell of cake batter in the morning…

A True Love of Mine: Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

so when i’m off to a picnic and bringing a plate, cupcakes are my weapon of choice.

This time I wasn’t content to go with my old faithful mini vanilla cupcakes and vanilla icing. I was itching to try something new and, as is well documented on this blog, I have lemons on the brain. I had just been on a day trip to the Southern Highlands where I picked up another jar of Lemon Curd and needed to use it stat.

A True Love of Mine: Lemon Meringue CupcakesSo I made these.
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes.
Bam.

Summer Loving: Lime syrup cake with blackberries

A True Love of Mine: Lime Syrup and Blackberry Cake

 

One of the greatest things about summer is all the lovely fresh fruit. Since getting hitched and grocery shopping together (regularly) for the first time, we have been trying out different grocers. One of my favourites so far is Norton St Grocer and this is where we found these luscious blackberries. They looked so glossy, plump and juicy that I thought they were begging to be made into a cake. Of course, one of my favourite cakes came to mind and I figured i’d pop them into a lime syrup cake. That way, if I screwed them up somehow, at least I knew i’d like the cake in the end.

A True Love of Mine: Lime Syrup and Blackberry Cake