This Easter long weekend really is like no other, with non-essential travel restricted we are likely to be separated from most of our friends and family and limited to only being outside for exercise and essential shopping. For many of us the Easter weekend is typically about making the most of the extra days off to get away to the beach, the countryside, the city or hosting a big family celebration. While this year won’t be the same, there are some little ways to still make the weekend special.
Here are some of our tips for an Easter in isolation.
1. Bake Off
One of our favourite things about Easter is that it is a food themed holiday – chocolate eggs, hot cross buns, Easter Sunday roast – there really is so much to love about it. Take the time to bake some of your favourites for your family or even just yourself. It may seem like a lot of effort to go to if you live alone, but think about roasting a delicious whole chicken and serving with some simple greens, the leftovers will be great during the week for salads or pasta and the remaining chicken bones can be used to make a delicious health-boosting broth.
If you are still struggling to get your hands on flour try our No Bake Chocolate Tart which is flourless and has only five ingredients, or our Blue Cheese, Walnut and Thyme Puff Pastry Twirl. Classic buns are a must, our Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns recipe is one of our all-time favourites.
2. Plant Something
Easter is about resurrection, rebirth and new life, so try planting something new in the garden. Watching seedlings and plants bloom can be so positive and rewarding, particularly at times like these. If you are enjoying autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, it is a wonderful time to plant bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, jonquils and iris that will bring you a flurry or beautiful flowers and colour come springtime. In the northern hemisphere try planting fruit trees, vegetables and flowers for an early summer bounty.
3. Dress for Easter Lunch
Weeks at home probably means that your wardrobe has consisted of not much more than track pants, denim, sweaters and tees, by why not make an effort for Easter lunch, set the table properly, dress up in your Sunday best and share a meal with you immediate family, or video chat in your extended friends and relatives to make it that little bit more special.
4. Watch an Easter Themed Movie
Watch a lighthearted fun film like Hollywood classic Easter Parade or family-friendly flicks such as Peter Rabbit, Rise of the Guardians or Hop to get you in to the holiday mood.
Want something a little darker? Watch the recent remake of British 1970s classic, Watership Down, on Netflix.
5. Spoil Yourself with Self Care
Try taking an afternoon out and fully spoiling yourself, go for a long walk, take a yoga class online, practice meditation, have a luxurious bubble bath with a glass of your favourite champagne and finish it off with a nutritious dinner and some chocolate eggs (a must!). If you are at home with your partner, why not include them in the fun and have a couples mini wellness retreat.
Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope that you have a peaceful, healthy and safe long weekend, filled with food and chocolate.