We are always being extolled to eat seasonally and it's true - there is no nicer way to mark events and the rhythm of life than with food.
This Easter I am determined to make at least some lovely treats which I plan to use as gifts if the family don't scoff them all.
Perhaps this is where I should admit I've never made a hot cross bun before. Or chocolate Simnel cake. But I'm sure it can't be that hard.
This year I'm going to be prepared which, for me, is half the battle of enjoying cooking with or without the kids. Here are some more ideas that I'm going to rope the children into helping me with:
* Choc snap bunnies. This recipe requires Rice Krispies or similar, marshmallows, chocolate and two round cookie cutters. The recipe is easy to follow and the results look good.
* Hot cross buns. We love these in our house and I'm partial to Waitrose's chocolate version. I've scoured the Internet and found this recipe for chocolate and orange hot cross buns - perfect!
* Hot cross bun pudding. Got a glut of hot cross buns? I know, unheard of really but you never know. This recipe of a classic with a twist is a great way to get rid of them.
* Roast lamb. Ah, my mouth's watering already. Easter just wouldn't be the same without this. Admittedly, if you're vegetarian you won't feel the same but if not one look at Jamie Oliver's recipe will have you reaching for the mint sauce.
* Simnel Cake: Supposedly dating back to medieval times, this cake was traditionally made by young girls in service and given to their mothers on Mothering Sunday. There are traditional recipes or a chocolate one for the chocoholics among you.
Is there anything you traditionally cook at Easter? Share your cooking tips and ideas in the comments below.