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March 27, 2005

The delights of Easter…

In the interval between the end of Easter lunch and the preparation of coffee and chocolate before the simnel cake at teatime (food and drink is a big deal in our family-you start off at about 12.30 with champagne (on a festival day) and then onto nibbles, followed by a roast dinner with several puddings and various wines followed by coffee and chocolate(my cousin brought 100% cocoa-this should be interesting) inevitablty merging into tea and cake, by which time you begin to feel as though your stuffing should be popping out and your head is starting to loll to one side, rather like a much loved teddy bear) I feel it necessary to come up and extol the delights of poached eggs on burnt toast.

Aha! But this is not just any old poached eggs on burnt toast. In fact, it doesn't involve eggs, or umm… toast. Every Easter, along with the Christmas pudding which we eat (family tradition) my granny makes poached eggs on toast. What they are is trifle sponges sliced down the middle and coated in dark chocolate (the burnt toast) with a blob of whipped cream, and half a tinned apricot placed on top (the poached egg). It is customary to serve them with the apricot syrup that comes in the tin with the apricot. Absolutely delicious.

Right. Off I go to sip coffee and avoid any kind of chocolate containing chocolates. My brother being 25 and earning money has taken on the role of Easter Bunny the Second-thereby significantly increasing the amount of chocolate I (as the only other present sibling) receives. Suffice to say I shall not go hungry for quite a while..


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