So I set up Snoopy's little doggie bed next to me in the kitchen, and got to work. First, I had to bake my Hot Cross Buns (recipe here). I used a combo of currants, jumbo raisins, and candied citron in them this year. Yum! HCBs are one of my favorite things about Easter. I love how they aren't really sweet, except for the fruits and the frosting - somehow that makes them just perfect for me. I made them the night before, all the way up through the first rise, and then left them in the fridge overnight for the second rise. I learned this trick on the PPK, and it's really great for baking when you have brunch plans. This way, you don't have to wake up at 6 am to start baking and rising and all that... but you still get the joy of a treat that was baked that very morning.
Since I'd mostly pre-made my HCBs, I had plenty of time to make an Asparagus-Leek Tofu Quiche. I combined a recipe from Modern Vegetarian Kitchen and a recipe from Real Food Daily - with great results! A sesame seed-oat crust with a leek-asparagus filling. One thing I love about making tofu quiches is how you can taste the filling before it bakes and make sure it's tasty - tweaking it as needed. If it's tasty going in the oven - it'll definitely be tasty after it's baked!
Every thing was going great, until we noticed our sweet dog Dottie Bonkerswas still outside trying - unsuccessfully - to, uh, eliminate (if you know what I mean!). Then she came inside, puked, and went back outside to try some more. Poor thing. She didn't even want to eat her breakfast, which is highly abnormal. Right as it was time to head off for brunch with a piping hot quiche and a platter of hot cross buns, we decided that Dottie B. had to go to the emergency vet. So poor little Snoopy got left at home after all and Mr. VE&T took Dottie to the vet, and I drove across town to deliver my baked goods to the brunch.
Everyone was there - my family and some beloved honorary family - but they all know me too well... and everyone encouraged me to go back to the vet, so that I wouldn't be so worried. I'm glad they did. Luckily, we only ended up spending about an hour and a half there, and Miss Dottie B was released more or less in good shape (though thoroughly doped up, and with a follow up appointment scheduled at the regular vet). I was so relieved and grateful! And, after all that, we even made it back to the brunch (essentially lunch, at that point!) with our dopey little Dottie in tow. My sweet family had made us a fresh pot of coffee, and there was still enough quiche and fruit salad and bagels - and plenty of loving company to enjoy together!
I hope your Easter was just as yummy, but with fewer visits to the emergency vet!
p.s. Dottie and Snoopy are both recovered now :)