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I apologize ahead of time if you’re looking for butter lambs, hot cross buns and Easter ham.

This year was an informal and laid-back Easter/birthday brunch. Family made their way over around one, quickly congregating in the kitchen for the pre-meal snacks and chatting, followed shortly by the main event, then a respite on the sofas before dessert.

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Appetizers: Mini bacon and potato frittatas, cinnamon walnut coffee cake, chicken salad stuffed pea pods

Beverages: Iced lemon water, orange juice, coffee, wildberry wine

Entrees: Quiche Lorraine and a crustless jack and cheddar quiche with green chillies and a tomato topping; fresh fruit [strawberry, kiwi, cantaloupe, red grapes, mango, apple and pineapple] with orange yogurt dip; savory lemon walnut scones; maple smoked bacon and sausage; and my contribution – brioche bread with plain or homemade honey butter and strawberry preserves or orange marmalade

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So proud of my brioche! Look at that dark, golden, flaky crust [ahem, fallen] and that rich, tender crumb! Don’t you dare use brioche as a delivery system for the local creamery butter or small-batch marmalade. Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote about a ‘great princess’ who once said: S’ils n’ont plus de pain, qu’ils mangent de la brioche – commonly translated as “If they have no bread, let them eat brioche.” You can probably figure out what mutated from the princess’ phrase… Regardless, they appreciated the beauty of fresh brioche!

Dessert: Rachel’s flaky and tart rhubarb apricot strawberry phyllo tart

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And who’s birthday, you ask? My birthday! I’m officially 25 – a quarter century old… building a nice little Provençal-hued Le Creuset collection as I go…

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Two down, several more to go!

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