With Easter comes the promise of warmer days, delicious lamb dishes and chocolate filled eggs. Not to mention pastel decorations and fun-filled Easter egg hunts! It's a wonderful time to celebrate and much needed this year.
Under the guidance of Catherine Fulvio, seasonal spring ingredients will brighten our kitchens with colourful treats such as home-made decorated cookies and the chocolate eggs.
In Catherine Celebrates Easter, we'll get tips on how to celebrate this family time with tasty treats, using delicious Irish artisan products all to make the mouth water whilst putting a smile on adults and children alike.
In tonight's show, Catherine Fulvio meets three of Ireland’s finest artisan producers that are currently supplying us with unique and superb flavoursome choices.
On the menu, Catherine will be serving up mouth-watering Wild Mushrooms Risotto with Walnuts and Thyme followed by delectable Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Chimichurri served with a Pistachio, Carrot, Grape and Goat’s Cheese Salad and finally finished with a treat for all the family to get involved in charming Shortbread Easter Biscuits in shapes of Easter Bunnies and Easter Eggs.
"I’ve chosen some of my favourite foods that grace our table is here at Ballyknocken House," says Catherine. "But I also wanted to celebrate the gift of giving so I am making a wonderful Easter basket complete with lots of delicious artisanal and local foods and the cutest home-made decorated biscuits, something to engage the children I think!"
During the programme, we will see Catherine visit the beautiful coastal town, Greystones in Northern Wicklow, to celebrate the power of the flower with Adrienn Eber and Marta O’Kelly of Floral Art.
Established in 2014, Floral Art is a hive of activity, full of flowers, colours, scents and creativity Adrienn and Marta are passionate about all things floral.
They have grown their business to 3 stores the original store inGreystones, and now Churchtown, Dublin 14 and in Knocklyon, Dublin 16.
Pre-pandemic they would have run evening classes in all things floral, as well as creating flowers and floral displays for individual clients, weddings or corporates.
It’s here Catherine learns some tips and tricks about creating stunning floral displays for your home this Easter as well as how to the make the most of your cut flowers.
Adrienn creates a fantastic floral display for Catherine using a hand woven willow base shaped to look like a wreath into which she has added hand blown eggs, and moss she has gathered from near her home.
Catherine then visits the most delightful of treasures for all tea lovers, Intelligent Teas and Clever Honey where she meets Chef, bee keeper and herbalist, Freda Wolfe.
Freda combines her culinary talents and herbal medicine training to create a range of tasty therapeutic Intelligent Teas. Inspired by the aroma’s, tastes and intelligent curative properties of hedgerow plants, these teas are carefully crafted blends of loose leaf, organic and chemical free herbs.
In the beginning, Freda picked all the wild plants herself but now as the business expanded, she convinced Irish vegetable growers to branch out and grow wild plants. Nick Hill, Dranagh Carlow , grows Nettle, Marigold, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Meadowsweet, Marshmallow, Mullein, Peppermint, Fennel, Rosemary, Lemon Verbena and Yarrow.
The historic Killruddery Estate Gardens in Wicklow consist of a 4.5 acre high-walled garden, and is not only beautiful and bountiful. The environment is lending a stately flavour to some of the Single Estate brews. On tonight's show, she shows Catherine how best to blend teas along with introducing her to her bees.
Freda has been buzzing with the bees since her childhood on the family farm in Ballydehob, West Cork. She now has native black bee hives dotted around Dublin and Wicklow, producing limited amounts of 'Clever Honey’. She was keen to play her part in the protection of these pollinators, and is a member of both the Dublin Beekeepers Association and the Native Irish Honey Bee Society.
Finally Catherine stops off a Brockagh in the glacial valley of Glendalogh in County Wicklow to meet with husband and wife, Aoife Patterson and Pat Reid of Wicklow Willow. A small company which offers a range of traditional basketry products and willow weaving courses.
Aoife and Pat show Catherine their wonderful and varied baskets which look fabulous but have real uses and as well as some of Pat’s stunning willow garden decorations both making ‘eggscellent’ easter gifts. Catherine is shown the intricacies of the wonderful art of willow basket weaving .
Catherine Celebrates Easter will air on RTÉ ONE on Friday 2nd April at 8.30pm