Organising the Perfect Easter

Friday, 31 March 2017

If you’re going to be hosting Easter weekend for your extended family this year, you want to do all you can to make it as memorable as possible. To help you do this, we’ve got great activity ideas children will love and extra tasty treats you can whip up in the kitchen to go alongside your lamb roast.

 

Have an eggcellent breakfast

If you have kids or grandkids, why not have boiled eggs and soldiers for breakfast? If you cook extra eggs you can get out some felt tips or paint and have fun seeing who can decorate their eggs the best. Just make sure the eggs are hardboiled before you start releasing your inner Van Gogh or things could get messy!

 

Hold your own Easter egg huntEaster

You don’t need to use large eggs for your hunt, small eggs are fine or you could hide egg pictures and give them each one chocolate egg as a prize for finding them all.

While you hide the eggs in your garden (or around your home if it’s raining), why not have your hunters decorate some baskets that they’ll be able to use to collect the eggs they find? Even older kids can have fun if you give them clues and puzzles to solve to find their eggs.

 

Go for a spring walk

If the weather is good, why not get out and about? You could walk to your local park and enjoy a nature trail or head to a family-friendly farm if you have one nearby. Kids will love seeing the baby animals and going for a tractor ride.

 

Attend an Easter service

If you want children to learn the real meaning of Easter, why not take them along to a church service on the Sunday morning? You’ll be made very welcome and many churches have Easter bonnet parades and puppet shows on Easter Sunday so they definitely won’t be bored.

 

Get cooking

Most people have a lamb dinner on Easter Sunday but if you want to make yours legendary, why not serve with extra special spring greens and carrots? Check out the recipes below.

 

Spring greens with lemon and hazelnuts

 

Ingredients:

450g spring greens

300g broccoli

50g toasted hazelnut pieces

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tbsp. olive oil

Lemon zest and juice

 

Method:

  1. Remove the thicker stalks from the spring greens and shred.
  2. Take the broccoli and halve the thicker stalks.
  3. Add the spring greens and broccoli to a pan of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine the lemon juice and zest with the garlic and olive oil.
  5. Drain the cooked spring greens and broccoli before adding to the mixing bowl.
  6. Mix in the hazelnuts before tipping everything into your serving dish.

 

 

Roast carrots with cumin

Ingredients:

200g Chantenay carrots, washed

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp. cumin seeds

1 sprig rosemary

Drizzle olive oil

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

 

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
  2. Lay the carrots on a baking tray and add the garlic, cumin seeds and rosemary.
  3. Season with the sea salt and black pepper, and roast for 15 minutes.
  4. Scoop up the carrots and place in a large bowl to serve.
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