Whether you plan to spend the Easter long weekend at a family do, escaping down south or keeping it low key with friends – enex has your Easter Feast sorted.
If there’s one thing Australian’s love more than a long weekend, it’s food. Wherever you find yourself on April 16th, don’t spend it fretting over what to put on the table. With help from our friends at Woolies, we’ve created 3 unique menus to keep even the pickiest of eaters satisfied.
You Have The Whole Family Around
Ah, the traditional family do. There’s laughs, there’s catching up, and there’s usually one or two tantrums thrown by a 6-year-old. Feed the young and the old with minimal complaints with this tasty menu plan – complete with chocolate, kids activities and a tad more chocolate.
9am – Easter Egg Hunt.
Keep tiny minds (and tummies) occupied with a traditional egg hunt. Watch on with a cup of coffee in hand as little ones traverse the garden and home in search of treats. If they’re still at that age requiring a little nudge of direction, pick up a set of adorable Kikki. K Easter signs to guide them to the awaiting goodies.
(also a major help when it comes to the aftermath cleanup!)
10:00am – Get the Kids Cooking.
Supervise the kids in the kitchen and bake a batch of fresh Hot Cross Buns. But don’t eat them straight away, as tempting as it may be! Save them for dessert – serving them warm with a scoop of ice cream and topped with leftover chocolate. The perfect way to enter a relaxing afternoon food-coma.
1:30 – The Main Event.
With dessert prepared, the main event is ready to begin. Depending on how big the brood is, a traditional Baked Ham should be enough to keep rumbling tummies at bay. Pair with warm, fluffy bread rolls (a hands-down must have for any big luncheon) and side with salads. Keep one simple for the greens-suspicious kids and one adventurous for the adults. Our go-to’s: Colourful Greek Salad and Beetroot, Goats Cheese & Walnut Salad. Who says you don’t make friends with salad?
You’ve Escaped The City
If you’re part of the lucky crowd who have been able to escape the city for a few days, there is a good chance that your camping site or unit is equipped with limited kitchen facilities. However, a celebration worthy meal isn’t out of reach. Forgo detailed dishes for simple (yet delicious) BBQ friendly meals and easy-to-prepare sides. And the best bit? Paper plates mean less dishes!
12pm – BBQ Lunch
Once you’ve scored the best barbeque in the camping site, fire up and get some BBQ Prawns with Tartare Sauce or Curried Lamb Kebabs sizzling. Throw a few cobs of corn on the side to whip up an accompanying Chargrilled Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad. And if that’s not enough – embrace the holidaying spirit and gather around a few families for an Easter extravaganza!
2pm – Sweet Treats
While a grand Bombe Alaska cake might be out of the question (leave the chef’s torch at home), you can always bake a few long-lasting treats before you head off on your trip. Easy bakes include: Easter Biscuits or Choc Pecan Slice. If you feel like something fresh, fruit salad with cream goes down a treat, no matter the time of year.
Note: it may be difficult to hide these from hungry hands rummaging through the food supplies before Easter lunch…
You’re Hosting A Small Soiree
The idea of attending the massive family do this year giving you a bit of a headache? Keep festivities small with a handful of close friends and an evening of laughs and indulgent dishes. Oh, and Sangria. Lots of sangria.
5:30pm – Pre Dinner Nibbles.
Dip & bread never disappoints and to make the night that little bit more festive, try your hand at making your own! Not only is this Eggplant Dip easy to whip up at home, but it’s so delicious your dinner guests will be left wondering just when you left your current job to become a chef.
(Alternatively, if you do mess it up, Woolies sells delicious dips from only $2.50 a pop. Spoon it out into a sweet little Pigeonhole serving bowl and – none the wiser!)
6: 30pm – Hearty Tapas.
To save time on cooking and help keep the atmosphere relaxed, ask everyone to bring a small plate of food to share. These Salmon Skewers can be whipped up in half an hour (and devoured in 5 seconds)
8pm – Dessert Time.
Feeling a little too grown up to chow down on Easter Eggs for dessert? With the absence of little ones, bring out the liquor and make a batch of tiramisu. The only question left to debate is which will it be? Classic Berry Tiramisu or instagram-worthy Donut Tiramisu? Decisions, decisions.
Johanna Borger x