At this time every year, we have an added spring in our step. The days are longer, brighter, occasionally warmer and we feel invigorated to spend our time wisely. With the countdown to Easter weekend upon us, we're planning the all important meals that we can't wait to cook and eat with family and friends.
Check out our top five Easter favourites, with one or two added extras.
Where would we be without a loaf of classic Irish brown bread? Bake one in advance and watch it disappear before the weekend is out. Actually, on second thoughts, maybe bake two. Edward Hayden's recipe is the perfect side to soup for a light lunch or as an important accompaniment to that Easter morning fry up.
This roast chicken is a strong contender for our Sunday lunch. Paired with the colourful potato dish below, we think it would make a true Easter feast.
We can never get over the vibrant riot of colour that these show-stopping spuds bring to the table. What a fantastic way to brighten up and add a wow factor to this Irish staple.
So, it might be a bit late in the day to start the fermentation process for the cabbage but this pork and burnt apple recipe will still work a treat without or a with shop bought option instead.
Now onto everyone's favourite part of Easter lunch - dessert. If you are not yet full to the brim with chocolate (and why ever not?) this tasty and tangy rhubarb and custard will be just the ticket. Rhubarb is everywhere at the moment and we couldn't be happier. Try this twist on an old favourite, it's sure to be a crowd pleaser.
We just couldn't resist adding in a few sweet treats for the occasion that's in it. Making your own Easter eggs is great fun and are a fantastic idea for a hostess gift if you are visiting for the Easter break, or even as a unique place holder at the dinner table.
We like to think that these cupcakes are for the kids, but let's face it, who doesn't love lemon drizzle cake? Have the littles lend a hand mixing up the batter and maybe they won't even notice the few that go missing, as you pilfer them away for the grown ups.