Easter Feast! I love big family get-togethers and Easter bank holiday is usually a lively weekend enjoying home cooked food complete with delicious veggies.
The luxury begins with the colourful variety, choosing beautiful stripy tomatoes or even the occasional home-grown courgette complete with foraged edible flowers.
My family are great at cooking tasty treats, but I also really appreciate the care in how they present them. As makers they get busy creating things both in and out of the kitchen, soldering a delicate metal cake topper as the crowning glory to sit upon another family member's luxurious, home-made chocolate cake.
Another might have made a special journey to snaffle the best game pie, or produce some vintage linens they had squirrelled away for such a celebration. This time and care in presenting and enjoying the food makes sharing the day together even more special, showing everybody how appreciated they are. Whether it's for their baking skills or corny jokes, everyone has something to offer.
If you know any corny jokes, I'm all ears.
The scrumptious images in this post are of Hemmerle's Delicious Jewels. This amazing vegetable collection made by these talented craftsmen was created in 2011 to celebrate a new chapter in their history. The book they produced featured these gorgeous works of art in combination with the delicious recipes of Tamsin Day-Lewis. It really is a sumptuous read, a feast for the eyes and belly.
Jewellery making and food at the top level are not dissimilar, both rely on technique, long experience and tradition, purism and originality without pretentiousness, elegant simplicity at best, both are beautiful to the eye and a joy to the senses.
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The Hemmerle history is incredibly impressive, beginning in Munich with the medals and orders made for the Bavarian Royal Family. When they began by taking over an established Goldsmith's at the turn of the 20th Century they brought their unique combination of refined craftsmanship and a more challenging and artistic approach to materials. Their forward thinking, whilst utilising amazing technical skills of a fine jewellers has carried through to the present day. Finding links to modern life they make unique works of art where creating the most beautiful object is more important than the quantity of jewels used.
"We felt that the cabbage did not
invariably need a pavé setting to come to
life. The crafsmanship of themetal was
sufficient." Hemmerle Jewellers
The collection highlights nature’s artistry, both vegetal and mineral, turning the mundane into the magnificent.
I hope you enjoy this time celebrating the arrival of Spring and new growth with delicious fresh treats and the warmth of friends and family.
A Pea Easter