Spring Magazine. March/April 2014

March 12, 2014 by The Co-op Observer 33179

Bring on Spring!

With warmer days, the sun shining and flowers popping up all over, we can all finally breathe a sigh of relief that the dark mornings and nights are starting to give way to lighter, brighter times.

With such a lovely sunny day on Sunday, we had our first outdoor cooking experience for 2014 with some sizzling sausages cooked on the coals. I was a bit chilly but lovely to be cooking outside on the barbecue again, even though I did get some funny looks.

The Co-operative Food is also full of the joys of the season, and is celebrating with issue 13 of its Food Magazine, Sweet Spring.

There’s a sumptuous coconut and raspberry loaf cake on its cover – that was so easy to make and a couple of slices went perfectly with my mid-afternoon cup of tea – this issue is packed full of ideas to celebrate everything that’s great about this season.

There are loads of things to be joyful about in March and April.

We all love spoiling our mums, so why not treat your mum to a delicious home cooked meal on 30th March (don’t forget, that’s Mother’s Day). There is a great Mother’s Day menu pre planned in this issue, a delicious pear, walnut and goats cheese salad to start followed by a stunning (but pretty easy…just don’t tell) salmon en croute. The brilliant thing is that the salmon en croute video at www.co-operativefood.co.uk/magazine really helps if you get a bit stuck. To finish, a light and zesty rhubarb compote and ginger nut biscuits makes the whole meal perfect, to show your mum just how much she means to you.

Cooking with kids is always fun, if a little messy, amusing and occasionally haphazard. Everyone gets a lot out of doing it together, so check out lovely Caitlin doing a brilliant job of making our favourite bunny biscuits. Caitlin is 6, and loves cooking with her Mum, and by the look of the pictures she had a brilliant time mixing, cracking, rolling and decorating her bunny biscuits. I bet all her class were really impressed with her photoshoot, a famous chef of the future maybe?

There are loads more recipes in this issue of the magazine, and I’ve not even started talking about the easy Easter feast. I’m going to give the one-pot roast beef a try soon, a simple yet delicious main course that can get on with cooking itself and filling my kitchen with gorgeous smells while I walk the dog and work up an appetite.

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