Monthly Archives: March 2015

Egg-stra special Easter!

Spring has officially arrived and with it are signs of new life and new beginnings, which are often synonymous with Easter. As are the cute chicks, bunnies, lambs and of chocolate and Easter Eggs.

Easter is a wonderful celebration and one that can be fun for all the family. Easter egg hunts prove popular and all can get involved…who doesn’t love chocolate after all! The new season welcomes a new start and after a spring clean, what better way to celebrate than to throw an Easter party or Easter feast…with of course, lots of chocolate! Take a peek at a few ideas to dress your house and dining table.

Easter Tree

The Easter Tree can make a wonderful centrepiece and you can make it in any style you see fit. All you really need is a pretty vase or jug and add in a few branches of blossom or pussy willow (something quite sturdy) and then hang some eggs, chocolates or decoration from the branches.

Easter Tree

Nests

You could make one large one or have a few spread around or position them at individual place settings. Take some baskets, add some straw or hay, maybe some moss and twigs to make it look authentic, then add some eggs (real or chocolate), possibly some flowers to make it pretty and you have yourself some cute decorations.

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Floral

What better way to bring some of the outdoors in and brighten up the room than by adding a few spring blooms. Daffodils and tulips are in season and the bright tones will add a pop of fresh colour to the table.

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Vegetables

Use seasonal produce such as Asparagus and Carrots to add a quirky twist to any decorations. When mixed with flowers they make a great arrangement. Also, incorporate them into cake designs and desserts, such as mini flower pots, with chocolate soil and fondant carrots sticking out. Very sweet!

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Chicks and Bunnies

Both natural associations with Easter and can be cute additions to any room or tablescape. Little ornaments can be dotted around or hidden in arrangements or added to chocolate nests or desserts.

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Grass and Moss

Used in displays and decorations, these work so well in Spring time as it gives a sense of the wonderful outdoors and the awakening of nature. Used sparingly or perhaps as a table runner, both could be super effective in bringing a table to life and adding another dimension, plus eggs looks great placed in the green foliage, hidden and waiting to be found!

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Eggs

There are so many egg-cellent ways of using these. After eating them on Easter morning, why not use the empty shells for the decorations. After a quick clean (careful not to break), you could fill them with flowers, paint and decorate them – as ornate or fun as you like (think Faberge or smiley faces!), hang them, use as place cards or on place settings, or fill with wax and use as candles. Eggs that haven’t been eaten can also be used and painted – pop in a vase with flowers, place in nests, make metallic or cover in glitter…so many options!

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Edible Goodies

Chocolate Easter Eggs are the obvious Easter edible, as are the chocolate nests with mini eggs and cupcakes with green icing and chocolate bunnies. However, you could try egg shaped cookies or even decorated chocolate eggs to look like Faberge eggs. So pretty! You can even use these yummies for decoration too. Maybe create an Easter dessert station, with all of the mentioned on display. Have as the centre masterpiece a giant egg shaped cake or perhaps an Easter egg croquembouche. Stunning and delicious!

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Goose & Berry are a Luxury Boutique Event Catering company who specialise in weddings, social and corporate events.  We are based in Marlow & London and cover London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the home counties.

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Swing into Spring!

Spring has now sprung and the start of a fresh new season is upon us. Here is what we love most about Spring!

1.Days are getting longer  – You’ve already started to notice that the evenings are still light as you head home from work and it instantly improves your mood.

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2. Easter – Lots of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Easter egg hunts, little chicks and cute Easter bunnies.

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3. Nature Awakening – Flowers and trees are blossoming and new life is born. Spring is Nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s have a party’ after all!

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4. Being Outdoors – As the weather starts to warm and the great outdoors awakens from its winter hibernation, why not get outside and go for a walk or take a bike ride and enjoy!

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5. Spring Wardrobe – We can shed the winter coats, hats and scarves and dig out the pastels and lighter clothing.

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6. Summer and Holiday Planning – The warmer weather brings on longing of summer and holidays, thinking of all the things we can do and fun we can have in a few months’ time.

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7. Al Fresco Dining – As soon as there is any hint of brighter and better weather, we instantly find a spot to eat and drink outside.

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8. Seasonal Produce – New Season Lamb, fresh vegetables….

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9. Body Detox – Time to flush out the toxins, buff, pamper and preen and get our bodies summer and beach ready.

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10. Spring Cleaning – As new life is welcomed at this time of year, make it the perfect excuse to de-clutter. Out with the old and in with the new as they say.

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St Patrick’s Day Guinness and Chocolate Cake with Baileys Frosting

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with this rich, indulgent and super delicious Guinness Cake…

Chocolate Stout Cake with Bailey's Cream Cheese Frosting 500

Prep time

20 mins

Cook time

1 hour

Total time

1 hour 20 mins

Serves: 12

INGREDIENTS

  • 250ml Guinness
  • 250g softened unsalted butter
  • 200g soft dark brown sugar
  • 100g good-quality dark chocolate, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 275g self-raising flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

  • 500-600g sifted icing sugar/powdered sugar
  • 100g butter (room temperature)
  • 250g cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsps Baileys Irish Cream

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Grease and line a 23cm(9”)loose-bottomed cake tin.
  2. Beat the butter with the sugar until pale and fluffy, for around 5 minutes. Gradually beat in the melted chocolate until smooth, then beat in the eggs one at a time.
  3. Gradually whisk in the Guinness. You should have a smooth batter. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, then fold carefully into the chocolate and Guinness mixture.
  4. Pour into the tin and bake for 35-40 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin, then turn out onto a cake plate.
  5. For the icing, beat the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla extract together until smooth, then mix in the Baileys. Continue mixing for 5 minutes until the icing is light and fluffy. Spread evenly over the cake and serve.

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Mother’s Day Floral Fun….

Head over to our Tumblr feed and take a peek at our fab Mothers Day Floral Gift Tutorial…..

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