A Backpackers Guide to Easter Easter is a popular time of year for foodies like me who relish in eating mountains of glorious chocolate almost guilt-free. However this year, Easter will pass by unnoticed as I write this whilst backpacking in South East Asia, with the majority of countries being Buddhist and therefore not celebrating Easter. It’s celebrations like this which lead me to think about home and miss the family. Not to mention the food, with that eaten at Easter being some of the most delicious.Marzipan is one of my favourite flavours and features in a number of Easter treats such as Simnel cake, achildhood favourite of my mother’s. Unheard of my much of the younger generation, Simnel cake is fruit cake with a layer of marzipan in the centre and again on top plus 12 balls of marzipan around the edge to represent the 12 disciples. This is best enjoyed with a cup of tea after a traditional roast dinner with the whole family on Easter Sunday.There are also plenty of independent chocolatiers such as Charbonnel et Walker which offer Easter gift selections at exceptionally good quality if a little pricier than your standard Cadbury’s egg. Instead of rushing out to grab those last minute bargain eggs, why not give your loved ones a more thoughtful gift this Easter such as a homemade cake?About Helen NewmanLondon-based Social Media Manager Helen Newman says she has a huge appetite for cake. In her spare time she runs food blog www.livelifelovecake.com with her mother, who shares her passion for food. She loves to travel and is always on the lookout for the latest cake trends, home and aboard. Her motto in life is “try something new!”
MISBAH-ul-Haq views Pakistan’s rise to the top of the ICC Test rankings for the first time as “not a destination but part of a journey”.Pakistan replaced fierce rivals India as the top-ranked side in the world in the longest format when Virat Kohli’s side drew their fourth and final Test against West Indies in Port of Spain yesterday, with four of the five days abandoned due to a wet outfield.A 2-2 draw in England enabled Pakistan to leapfrog India, who won 2-0 in the Caribbean but still drop to second in the rankings.Pakistan have achieved the feat despite not having played a Test in their homeland since 2009 due to concerns over security and captain Misbah, 42, feels there is more to come.“There is no greater feeling than to achieve the number one ranking in the most traditional and purest format of the sport. This is what cricketers play for and want to achieve in their careers,” said the veteran batsman.“Number one ranking is a reward for something we had planned as a group a few years ago and have worked extremely hard to achieve it. To top the Test table, which boasts some of the best sides and players, is something to be very proud of.“I want to compliment everyone who has been involved in the process, including all the players, the support personnel, the management, as well as our loyal fans and followers who remained committed to us and continued to back and support the side through the good and not-so-good days.“For us, the number one ranking is not a destination but part of a journey. Our long-term objective and strategy is to remain competitive, continue to challenge the top sides with good cricket and once again become the most followed side like the Pakistan teams of yesteryears.“If we can achieve these on a consistent basis, then I am sure there will be more laurels like this down the line.”Australia sit third in the rankings following their 3-0 defeat in Sri Lanka, level on points with England. (Omnisport)
Capping off a tough weekend that saw seniors outside hitter Alex Jupiter, setter Kendall Bateman and middle blocker Lauren Williams playing their last regular season home game, the Women of Troy swept Arizona on Saturday after taking down Arizona State in four sets Friday night.Senior Night was a little downplayed considering No. 1 USC (24-4, 19-2) will host the first round of the NCAA tournament, but being able to enjoy that plus winning the inaugural Pac-12 regular season championship made for a celebratory weekend for the Women of Troy.“It was a very good week for us; the players are tired, but they really played hard and kept their focus throughout the weekend,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “The seniors appreciated the attention and it worked out perfect for us plus having the football team win, while we were celebrating made it a great weekend to be part of USC.“Saturday’s victory against Arizona was USC’s 19th victory in its last 20 matches and marked the 20th time this season that it won by sweeping its opponent 3-0.In her final home game, Jupiter passed Jennifer Kessy to become USC’s career leader in kills, with .607 on 18 kills to go along with five digs, three blocks and two aces.Bateman turned in another 40-assist performance during USC’s romp against the Wildcats and she quietly sits just 40 assists shy of tying the USC career record held by Janice Mounts. Bateman also connected with Williams for 10 kills without a hitting error versus Arizona.Madison Kingdon and Courtney Karst each finished the match with 10 kills, for the Wildcats (18-11, 10-10).On Friday, the top-ranked Women of Troy took down an upstart Arizona State squad in four sets.Just a night before their last home game, Jupiter, Bateman and Williams showed once again how valuable they are to the team. Led by a match-high 17 kills from Jupiter, which also included nine digs and four blocks, USC had its hands full trying to keep up with a Lady Sun Devils team that had four players with at least 10 kills.Bateman attributed for 53 assists in the match as she outdueled Arizona State’s Shannan McCready, who also put in a strong effort with 48 assists.In the second set, Arizona State took down the Women of Troy thanks to a 4-1 run to end the game, marking just the third time USC has recorded a victory that did not result from a 3-0 score.Sophomore Alexis Olgard registered 20 kills over the weekend, including an error-free match against Arizona, and she continues to emerge as a viable option alongside Williams in the middle.“Olgard is getting her legs now and starting to feel good and its really important for us that she continues to develop,” Haley said. “Once we have two middles who are 6-foot-5 hammering the ball down it becomes really hard for our opponents to handle.”With two weeks to train for a neutral-site match against UCLA, the Women of Troy can rest up and mentally prepare for a deep NCAA tournament run.“We want to keep getting better and stay focused as any improvements we can make give us the best possible chance in this tournament,” Haley said. “For us, it’s the focus that remains the most important thing.”
Tipp manager Michael Ryan says it could be a case of third time lucky this weekend.Throw-in is at 2.30 in Semple Stadium on SundayTipp FM’s live coverage of the game comes in association with Sullivan Family Butchers Brooklands, Nenagh. Photo © Tipperary GAA It’s hoped Cathal Barrett will make return to the starting 15 for Tipperary’s game against Cork on Sunday.He’s been missing with a hamstring injury for a number of weeks, and is chomping at the bit to get back on the pitch.While he was named to start last time out against Kilkenny, he was replaced last minute.
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