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March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Alexandria » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:36 am

The weekend of March 19th, is Father´s Day here is Spain and Saint Joseph´s Day ..

March 17th is Saint Patrick´s Day, and not a bank holiday in Spain, however, is quite a festive occasion wherein the thousands of Irish Pubs on the Iberian Peninsula, host celebrations and the Irish Expatriates are all decked out in Green ..

Of course, Saint Joseph´s day also represents The Fallas (flames or fires), an ancient festivity held in Valencia.


Plans ? We shall be going out with Dad and my Father for lunch with the rest of the family .. We were just discussing to make a reservation ..

Does any one have any holidays in March ?

Have a lovely day ..
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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Stokey Sue » Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:44 pm

We don't get a public holiday in the UK until Friday 30th March, Good Friday which is the start of Easter, and we have Easter Monday too on second April

When I was a child Good Friday was almost the quietest day of the year; it was the only day apart from Christmas that no newspaper was printed and no shop opened.

I don't have any plans yet for Easter but will probably eat Hot Cross Buns which are traditionally eaten for breakfast after Mass on Good Friday, but most people just eat them when it suits them. And paschal lamb will feature too.

Our Mothering Sunday is part of Lent, and is Sunday 11 March. Originally the day when servants returned to their mother church, and of course popped in to see their mum too. Now it's all about mums, who get flowers, cards and traditionally a Simnel cake (dried fruit and marzipan). These days everyone seems to take their mum out for Sunday lunch so I avoid the relevant pubs and restaurants.

St Patricks day is not a holiday in England, but London has a St Patrick's day parade and as it is a weekend apparently we get a three day festival in Trafalgar Square this year

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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Joanbunting » Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:16 pm

No public holidays here in March, because Good Friday is not a holiday here,

I will make hot cross buns in the British tradition though - my friends here expect Les petits pains de vendredi sainte - just as they have come to expect mince pies at Christmas - they call them "Mince (meaning thin in French) pees"

Our rush of public holidays come in May because Whitsun (Pentecote) is so early. It gets to be ridiculous. Kicks off with May Day, closely followed by Liberation of the 8th and then Pentcote which is a big local celebration with parades a fairground etc etc. In other words great to avoid!

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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Stokey Sue » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:12 pm

We get two bank holidays in May

Early May bank holiday: Monday 7 May.
Spring bank holiday: Monday 28 May.

Everyone calls "Early May bank holiday" May day, so I'm not sure why we aren't getting it on 1st May, which is also a Monday :? , perhaps that's just too socialist for a Tory government :lol:

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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Linnet » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:01 am

Sorry, but 1st May is surely a Sunday this year?

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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Stokey Sue » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:09 am

Perhaps Linnet, I thought I'd checked in my calendar, but since I retired I'm not that fussed!
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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby jeral » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:41 am

Hmm, the first Monday is the 7th as the 1st May is Tuesday. And I don't care how much of my new bottle of rum I've drunk today as it's all over the hills and far away. March is closer, a day away, but with this weather the immediate plan is to survive this weather (and fuel bills). Then see...

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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Alexandria » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:33 am

Easter ..


Holy Thursday and Good Friday are bank holidays in Spain ..

And so we have holidays from the 29th through Monday the 2nd of April ..

Probably shall take a local trip however, we have not decided where .. We are discussing ..

Hoping for some good weather, then we would take the family boat out .. or perhaps we shall drive down the Mediterranean coast ..

Thank you for all your wonderful feedback ..


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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Alexandria » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:37 am

Recipe Request:

Hot Cross Buns ..

Is there a photograph and a recipe ?

Thank you in advance ..
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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby WhitefieldFoodie » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:06 am

Not a bank holiday. But it both mine and Tiffs birthday on the 16th March, and it is her 30th so I am taking her to Malta for the week.

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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Alexandria » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:29 pm

Whitefield Foodie,


Wow .. Happy Birthday and have a marvelous time in Malta ..

This archipelago of 3 islands, just 58 miles south of Sicilia, is simply heavenly wonderful and Valletta is picturesque and filled with ancient buildings, fortificaions and precipitous narrow streets ..

A couple of foodie suggestions include:

Hobtz Bizzejt: A hand made bread topped with tomatoes and capers and drizzled with Evoo ..

Imqaret: A date pastry ..

Timpana: A macaroni Pastry ..

Pastizzi: Savory cheese tarts ..

Have a very wonderful and safe trip .. :thumbsup :thumbsup
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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Stokey Sue » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:29 pm

Well I was going to post an image of some nice hot cross buns, but there seems to be a problem with posting to BB code
I like them fresh and soft, when they are split and eaten buttered

Then the next day they are split and toasted before buttering. I'm never sure whther or not I prefer them toasted!

I'll leave those who have made them to post recipes, though I am thinking of trying Dan Lepard's recipe

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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Alexandria » Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:46 am

Thank you Stokey Sue ..

I will Google the Chef you mentioned for a Hot Cross Bun recipes to look at. I have no idea what they are ..
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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Sakkarin » Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:31 pm

Here's some hot cross buns I made years ago Alexandria, with the full cross. These days I don't bother with the cross, as they are delicilous spiced buns anyway.

The recipe I use is a Delia Smith recipe from her 1974 "Evening Standard Cookbook", which I have posted on here in the past. I'll see if I can find it later.

I made some Dan Lepard buns one year that were excellent (the piccy says "banana buns", I think this is a pic of them), but I like the traditional buns best, to be honest. Dan is a baker, rather than a chef.

EDIT: P.S. I made some last night. All gone now.

2007, Full Hot Cross Buns:
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2008, Dan Lepard Banana Buns:
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2008-2018, Not Cross Buns:
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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Alexandria » Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:00 pm

@ Sakkarin,

Wow .. These look truly fabulous .. :clap :clap


Thank you very much ..


Have a lovely day ..
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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Gillthepainter » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:17 pm

Sakkers. I'm on m'way over ....................

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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Stokey Sue » Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:20 pm

Thanks Sakkarin

The 2007 pic was the look I was thinking of :thumbsup

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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Gillthepainter » Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:57 am

I forgot I did a bake along online with Dan Lepard back in the day.
Inclusive of tip for those crosses.

Looks like I infused camomile tea in there. There's a link to the recipe.

http://gillthepainter.blogspot.co.uk/20 ... y-hot.html

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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Lusciouslush » Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:54 pm

Lovely plates of buns there Saks....! How on earth do you get them so symmetrical?

I have that 1974 Delia Evening Standard too - paperback, & one of the first cookbook I bought!

Grilly - lovely to look back on your excellent blog again.........good memories & very much missed!

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Re: March Long Bank Holiday Weekends ?

Postby Gillthepainter » Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:00 pm

Ta!
It helps when i,m hunting down the old photos.
And most of the links to recipes still work.

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