We have been looking for an unusual take on the traditional Easter nests this week.
Guess what? Costco are out of quails’ eggs again, so we’ve had to resort to chocolate (again) and the local hens.
I created this using a combination of yorkshire puddings, sweet potato mash and sausage meat eggs, all sat on a bet of spinach.
Sadly, Boy has an issue with eggs, otherwise I would have made proper Scotch eggs (in which case it would have been worth persevering with those quails).
However, these are very simple. The trick, however, is to use really good quality sausage meat. These came from the wonderful Halls in Cricklade, and are made of wild boar and apple! Yum!
Simply mix a handful of golden breadcrumbs with a tablespoonful of smoked paprika. Beat up an egg with a dash of milk. Form the sausage meat into egg-shaped balls, dip in the egg and roll in the breadcrumb mix, and bake in the oven at 180 degrees/Gas Mark 4 for about 20-25 minutes.
Arrange tastefully (or not) by placing the pudding on top of the cooked spinach, spooning in the mash and laying the eggs!
Boy, of course, much prefers the traditional chocolate nest and here’s my offering for those of you with a sweeter tooth. You can make the nests a bit more grown-up by experimenting with the mousse mix (a cunningly tarted-up Angel Delight). I’ve even added lots of fruit to get in at least one of Boy’s Five-a-Day!
These lovely little nests are actually those brandy snap baskets you get in supermarkets, lined with mini Matchmaker sticks, filled with Angel Delight and mini eggs! I add a mashed banana and a dash of lemon juice to the Angel Delight.
The fruit and a coulis on the plate to make it that little bit healthier, but it works great with a dash of Limoncello too! If you want to make it extra special and don’t mind the calories, use double cream to make up the dessert and whip well!
Sweet or savoury, have a wonderful Easter!
This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 April challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Longleat.