Monday, 1 April 2013

Easter Down Under

Easter down under is a very different affair. For a start, it's Autumn here when we're used to Spring. Spring makes more sense naturally, what with all the bunnies hopping around delivering chocolate shaped eggs! But Autumn in New Zealand, unlike Autumn in England, is actually rather warm still! Whilst the UK has been experiencing unseasonal snowfall with drifts over five foot lining roads and footpaths, Christchurch enjoyed temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius this weekend!

So a hot roast dinner with all the trimmings seems a bit strange in this part of the world at this time of year. However, Mr Bear and I have been experiencing bouts of extreme homesickness lately, what with our friends getting married back home last weekend and some friends here moving away from Christchurch. Therefore it seemed only right that we should enjoy a traditional Easter lunch over the long weekend to help us feel a little closer to home!

On Easter Sunday, we tucked into a lovely roast leg of lamb with roast potatoes, honey glazed carrots and parsnips, pan-fried balsamic sprouts and panchetta and mint and apple jelly. Oh and a nice big glass of home-brew to wash it all down! Hungry now?? I don't blame you!

Before dinner, we headed up into the Port Hills to soak up some sunshine and enjoy the magnificent views over the city on one side and Lyttelton harbour on the other, whilst getting a good top up of Vitamin D!

Lovely as our short weekend together was (I worked half of it, you see!) we still felt an ache in our hearts at the thought of our families spending quality time together, eating my Dad's annual porchetta, having a cuppa with Martin's parents and enjoying a tipple with our friends. But we made the most of our time off together and made the most of the opportunity to Skype our loved ones back home. 

Hope you all had a lovely Easter and ate some Mini Eggs on our behalf!

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