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This morning we came downstairs to see if the Easter Bunny had been while we slept and surprise, surprise he had! Last Easter was Izzy’s first proper taste of chocolate and I remember being astounded that following the Easter Egg hunt she knew exactly what to do with the wee foil wrapped eggs and was quickly well into her first chocolate buzz! She has never looked back. Of course chocolate is not an every day food and rather than label it as a ‘treat’ I prefer to say it is just something we have a small amount of every now and then. However ask Izzy at any time what she wants to eat and she will say one of two things – fish fingers or chocolate! It’s harder to keep a lid on the chocolate consumption at Easter!

The Easter Bunny had put together a wee basket that contained a couple of hollow eggs along with bunny hair accessories & jewellery, an egg cup, wind up bunny & chick, books……but Izzy goes straight for the larger hollow egg contained in the Peppa Pig mug and within 30 seconds of being downstairs (circa 7.30am) this was the scene……

No doubt there was a similar scene being played out in households around the world . Well if you can’t have chocolate  for breakfast at Easter when can you?!

Despite yet another rubbish weather forecast we decided to take a chance and take Izzy out to Xmas Tree Farm to feed the animals. Within a couple of minutes of arriving we were in the midst of a hail storm which luckily lasted only a few minutes.

Unfortunately Izzy is a complete wuss when it comes to animals – even the fluffy bunnies! She loves to look but no touching – also she didn’t like the sheep looking at her so James had to stand in front of them so she could walk past. We need to get her back to NZ quick – life would be a misery if you were scared to look at sheep there!!

As close as Izzy was getting!

Back home it was time to think about dinner and I had defrosted some lamb with the intention to make a Ragu I found in Jamie’s latest issue.  Nice and simple and tasty but not as thick as I expected a Ragu to be. This is probably my fault as I used 2 tins of tomatoes rather than 6 fresh – perhaps a little more juice than needed. I was also surprised that this recipe used white wine rather than red – next time I think I will try the red (its about as experimental as I get!!). Izzy certainly seemed to enjoy it although she has perfected the art of extracting the meat and pasta and consuming as little as possible of the sauce (aversion to tomatoes and onions!).

Ragu D’Agnello (courtesy of Jamie Magazine)

Ingredients:-

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 onion, chopped

400g boneless lamb, finely diced

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 fresh bay leaves

1 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, chopped

50g pancetta, finely diced (optional)

6 plum tomatoes, peeled, deseeded and chopped

200ml white wine

Macaroni, penne or other short pasta and grated pecorino cheese, to serve

Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and saute the onion for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add the lamb and cook for 8 minutes, or until browned. Add the garlic, bay leaves, rosemary and pancetta (if using), and cook for a few minutes, till the garlic is softened. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add the wine, stir, and allow to evaporate, then season generously with sea salt & black pepper. Cover the pot and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 1 -1 1/2 hrs or until lamb is tender and sauce has thickened. Serve with short pasta and grated pecorino.

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