Mini Break

The kids don’t break up until later but we’ve already broken out the Mini Eggs in this house. I bought them to put on top of my sister’s birthday cake (it’s tomorrow. She’s coming over from Belgium, where she lives, for the weekend. I’m SO excited). She’d better hurry because those eggs are like the Pringles of the chocolate world. But just as much as I love them, they’re not the only type of chocolate I’ll be eating over Easter. That would mean missing out on the dark, white, salted caramel and truffle ones. Not to mention the chocolate orange ones (definitely not just for Christmas).

Same goes for wine. So. Much. Choice. For example, someone asked me yesterday (via Instagram – follow me here for endless wine fun) what to drink if you like Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc but fancy a change. Pick a similar (but different) grape like Picpoul from southern France, Falanghina from Italy or Verdejo from Rueda in Spain. Or stick with Sauvignon but from somewhere like Bordeaux or the Loire Valley. The possibilities really are endless. Unlike our supply of Mini Eggs.

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Current sparkling in the fridge: Ca’di Pietra Prosecco 1.5l

Price: £12.99 - Buy From Aldi

A magnum of Prosecco with a smart-looking label for half the price of a single bottle of champagne? Yes please. It’s simple, like drinking lemon sherbet, but when you’ve got a garden full of kids trampling all over the daffodils trying to find eggs that haven’t melted in the sun/been rained on then it’s exactly what’s needed.

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Current red in the rack: Madiran Reserve des Tuguets

Price: £6.50 - Buy From Tesco

Ridiculously good value red from France, this is a beast in a bottle.  Think Gruffalo, but without the poisonous warts. Rather it’s big and a bit hairy and rough around the edges. But its properly hearty and tastes like something twice the price. Made in part from the Tannat grape, it definitely needs food to soften it up. Roast lamb perfect, bitter dark chocolate also good.

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