‘Spring has Sprung’

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze
that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house
and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,
a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies
seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking
a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,
releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage
into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

(Billy Collins, Today)

As it’s Easter this weekend, posting a chocolate themed bake seems suitable. A death by triple-chocolate 4 tier fudge cake. Or, a thousand little easter nests topped with an uncountable amount of candy covered eggs. These are the sorts of treats you expect to see flying around the blogging sphere at this time of year, particularly in the food blogging department.

However, although I do understand that amongst other things Easter is a lot about chocolate, hot cross buns and simnel cake. I wanted to celebrate the weekend with something a little bit different. For me, Easter marks a welcoming of Spring. Like the hammer in Billy Collin’s poem which free’s the snow globe inhabitants for there icy cave, the annual March holiday shatters the Winter days with a sense of promise for the Summer months to come. I wanted cook up something to celebrate this remarkable shift in energy and I feel the star ingredients in my Easter soup perfectly reflect the emergence of vibrant colours blooming in gardens and parks at this time of year. The contrast of the deeply red beetroot against the bright orange of the carrots is beautiful. A sure sign that spring has finally sprung.

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‘Cheese Gromit’

“Cheese Gromit”…a nostalgic idiom from the brilliantly animated children’s series, Wallace and Gromit. For me, the phrase evokes hours fixated on the tv breaking eyes only to laugh uncontrollably at the many misfortunes the duo encountered. That of course, and thoughts of cheeeeeeeeeseeeeeeeeee.

Wallace’s love of cheese is similar to my own fondness for the creamy deliciousness. Whilst Wensleydale remains his favourite, I cannot possibly commit to adoring just one particular variety. Cheddar, Edam, Gouda, Stilton or Brie…I welcome all with an open arm mouth! The bond between me and queso defiantly matured (pardon the pun), whilst working behind the Waitrose deli counter during University holidays. This particular endeavour certainly enhanced my knowledge of all things cheese. For example, did you know that there are over 2,000 types of cheese worldwide? or that Mozzarella is the most consumed variety around the globe? no? well there ya go. Just a small nugget of cheese wisdom for you. It has to be said however, that I was never clued up enough to don the ‘Cheese Specialist’ staff apron…tear.

Anyway, what I’m trying to tell you is that I love cheese. More than is probably normal or healthy, but it’s a passion that’s led to this week’s delicious recipe…chilli cheese scones.

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