Although Easter is a few weeks away, I wanted to let you know about the Easter Food Fayre taking place at Willows next weekend (2-3rd April), a delicious Easter tart I found locally, and remind you about Alban Spiced Buns at the Abbey. Sunday 3rd April is also Mother’s Day, so pick up some goodies for then too!
Bourngiourno Italia is selling Pastiera Napoletana from now until Easter, and I really recommend you go in to try a slice. It is a traditional Italian tart served during Easter celebrations. Many of the local Italian families will make their own, and Bourngiourno Italia sell jars of Grano Cotto, which is the cooked wheat that goes in the filling. It is mixed with ricotta cheese, lemon and orange zest, and is very light and creamy. You can buy a generous slice for £1.75 or a whole tart for £11.95 which would serve 8. I think it would be perfect after roast lamb, and it would be lovely on its own or with thick cream and some raspberries on the side. The Pastiera Napoletana is made at a bakery in Bedford. You could pick up some Prosecco to go with it too.
You can also buy small filled crisp little pastries with chocolate or lemon fillings for 75p each (5 for £3.50). Rich and delicious one or two of these would make a decadent breakfast in bed for Mum on Mother’s Day, or a lovely Easter treat.
WILLOWS EASTER FAYRE
The Easter Food Fayre is taking place at Willows Farm Shop on the 2-3 April (Mother’s Day) and is a chance to try and buy some delicious local produce and meet some of the producers themselves.
Look out for the The Village Flapjack Company who will be bringing chocolate mini egg flapjacks. Started by a trio of locals, Sam Holland, Alison Stewart and Louise Emmins The Village Flapjack Company launched last May during the year of Redbourn 900, and you can often find them at the local Farmer’s Markets. I have tried their fruity flapjack and it was delicious, so I am sure the chocolate one would be good too.
The homemade cakes sold at Willows are made by Philippa who is a farmer’s wife from Leighton Buzzard. Her enormous sponge cakes and fruit cakes would be perfect for afternoon tea. You will also be able to buy award-winning lemon curd from Dart Valley, and hot cross buns and Simnel cake from the Victoria Bakery in Barnet. Not local to us, but delicious all the same, look out for Montezuma’s handmade chocolate from Brighton, made by ex-lawyers turned entrepreneurs. Their lime chocolate is fab.
Sandra Shirran, Willows Farm Shop Manager, said: “It’s my first Easter Food Fayre since being appointed at Willows Farm Shop. I’ve had a lot of fun meeting with suppliers and scoping out new and exciting local produce which will be showcased across the weekend. Look out for our Master Butcher Mick Shelton who will be on hand to chat to customers about how to get the most from their spring lamb and help with recipe ideas. He’s carefully chosen lamb from farms in Suffolk and will recommend the best cuts of meat depending on the cooking method.”
FAIRTRADE EASTER EGGS
Don’t forget that Oxfam St Albans and Harpenden are selling Fairtrade chocolate Easter Eggs and all sorts of chocolate chicks etc, including Divine and Green & Blacks, so do show them your support.
ST ALBANS ABBEY CAFE
The cafe in St Albans Abbey will be selling their Alban Spiced Buns in Easter week, up until Maundy Thursday. This has become an annual tradition, and you do need to get to the cafe quite early each day as they usually sell out by lunchtime. The spiced buns are quite similar to hot cross buns, but the recipe is secret! They are baked daily in the cafe kitchen, so they are as fresh as you could wish for.