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Before April segues into May

Simnel cake

And just like that, the first quarter of the year is almost over. Where does the time go? For us, because Easter neatly fell on a week that includes the national Festa della Liberazione (April 25th) holiday, the MotH has a truncated work week. The extra days off has been nothing short of a godsend in terms of garden work and odd jobs around the house. We ventured out only to my father-in-law’s for Easter brunch. FIL is not in the best of health, but even with his aches and pains, he proved to us that he still has a sense of humor when it comes to his share of dessert.

Which brings me to the cake above. Simnel cake is the blonde sister to Christmas fruitcake. Traditionally made for Easter, it has a load of raisins, currants and dried cherries in the mix, but it doesn’t sit as heavy in the stomach. A thin layer of marzipan goes into the middle (before baking) and on the top (after baking), whereupon 11 marzipan balls are placed on top.

As I was cutting the cake and explaining to my FIL that the 11 marzipan balls represent the 12 Apostles minus Judas, he suddenly perked up and said with a big smile, “I would like a slice, but not Judas’…” Honestly, he can pick at his food like a bird but when it comes to sweets, FIL is a sugar fiend.

The remainder of April is predicted to be a mix of sun and rain. Fine by me, but I do hope the month of May brings stable weather – we’ve got a treehouse to sleep in!

Buona Pasqua

Putting up hail protection for the nashi

No leaving the house for the 3-day weekend but that’s okay. We have enough to keep ourselves busy and well-fed, and couldn’t ask for better spring weather. Today simple brunch, tomorrow grilled lunch (updated with the eventual photos), and cookies galore for the sweet tooth.

Sunday brunch: egg on steamed asparagus and spaghetti with tomatoes and chile pepper.

Easter Monday: lamb, trout, eggplant, peppers, belgian beers…and gelato for dessert.

Back in the day I would whip out dozens of these, no problem. But yesterday I realized that I’m sadly out of shape when it comes to decorating cookies as these took forever to do. A good thing Easter only comes once a year – Buona Pasqua!