Special occasions make staying at home even more of a challenge (anyone else feel like they’re still not over Paddy’s Day?). We’ve pulled together some of our best suggestions for getting as much craic as you can out of what will undoubtedly be the strangest Easter of our lives.
Start the day right
Soft-boiled eggs for breakfast are quick, easy, cheap, healthy, delicious and appropriately Easter-themed. Serve with toast “soldiers”, obviously — perfect for using up that slightly stale bread.
Keep the kids busy
Plan some Easter fun
Whether it’s for your kids or for other adults you live with, add an Easter-themed game or two. Try an indoor Easter egg hunt or an egg and spoon race in your back garden.
Make a special meal
If you’re used to celebrating Easter with a full and fancy lunch or dinner, then don’t let it pass by unmarked this year. You can order a nice ham joint or leg of lamb online — or carefully pick one up in your local butcher’s or supermarket — and cook up a storm. Get some tunes going, open a nice bottle of wine and enjoy every step of creating something special. Cooking mindfully is good for the soul.
More than ever, it’s crucial to stay connected. Make use of video calls on Skype, Whatsapp, Zoom or Facetime, and spend an hour or two catching up with the family or friends with whom you’d usually be spending Easter Sunday. You could even try cooking “together”!
Have a dinner party
No, don’t invite people to your house (seriously, don’t do that) — throw your dinner party online! Create an Easter menu now and share it with your extended family. If every household makes the same selection of dishes, you can enjoy your meal together, course by course, over a long video call. You could even make it a competition to see whose version looks the best!
Don’t forget dessert!
Easter is all about sweet treats, whether you go full-on chocolate or try something pretty in pink, like this stunning charlotte cake.
Make a night of it
After dinner, why not have a virtual games night? Put one person in charge of hosting a table quiz, or check out the plethora of games now available online. We could all do with a bit of a laugh these days, and feeling connected with our loved ones is what will keep us sane.
For more Easter recipe inspiration, pick up your copy of Easy Food April on your next trip to the shops, or get yours online via Readly. Wishing you a safe and happy Easter, from all of us at Easy Food.