Easter Approacheth

Spring is in the air and Portland has sunny skies and semi-warm temperatures, so I can actually get a handle on the fact that it’s almost Easter.

Easter has always held a special place in my memories because it tends to fall close (and sometimes land on) my birthday, which is April 7th. Today I have two spring related things to share.

The first is a dessert and beer pairing that I tried on a hunch. I knew that there existed an imperial cream ale, called “Bad Bunny” by Alameda Brewhouse, which I wanted to try, so I picked up a bottle before they disappear for the season. Next, I recently had a craving for tiramisu. My boyfriend had challenged me the last time I was in the store with the phrase, “I’m surprised you haven’t tried to make that yourself.” Challenge accepted. So then I got it into my head, ‘Hey, I bet the cream ale and the tiramisu would go well together.’

Oh man, was I right.

Calories? I try not to think about it...

Calories? I try not to think about it…

You may have noticed I sort of screwed up the tiramisu. Practice makes perfect, right? I did not whip the cream for quite long enough and apparently I need to work on my custard skills a bit. This didn’t take away from the flavor in any way, though. The beer was sweet, but not overly so, and the fact that it is imperial gives it more depth in flavor than a regular cream ale. Paired with the custard and rum flavors, it was a great way to relax after writing 30 pages of grad school papers.

Next, I give you – the knitted Easter basket. I was not quite happy with the patterns for “baskets” that I found on Ravelry. Referencing the basket weave pattern from my handy book of stitches, I held together two strands of yarn and knit on a tight gauge in order to make the fabric stiff enough to stand on it’s own. In the round, I started with about 6 rows of stockinette stitch in order to let the top edge roll nicely. Then simply basket-weave it for the desired depth and decrease as flatly as possible on the bottom (I know, it’s a simple description – I wasn’t trying to write a pattern, exactly).

For the eggs and bunny, I used patterns from The Purl Bee and Blah, Blah, Blahhhg. Self Striping yarn, sock yarn scraps, or any multi-colored yarn works great for the eggs. The striped one was made with Deborah Norville Everyday Worsted.

Basket

Chocolate Bunny

Eggs