It's always seemed strange to me, to use lots of pastel colours with baby chicks and bunnies at Easter, because for us it is a turning point in our year, when weather gets cooler and we know we're in for the long haul of winter.
Here's a few ideas to celebrate Easter minus the pastel. Let's usher in the cosiness of Winter with a delicious feast.
1) Hygge feast!
Easter is in the middle of our daylight savings' transition - so it's time to remind ourselves that the cold dark to come can be good. It's time for soup, candles, hot chocolate and all the cosiness that is the Danish word hygge.
Have a look at this eBook, download the Libby by Overdrive app on to your device, log in with your library card details and you can read this without even stepping outside your house!
2) Mezze feast
Grab some lamb, flatbreads and hummus to have an ancient traditional Easter feast. This works really well if you're doing a feast with friends or whānau as it's easy for people to bring something to contribute. (Flatbread, nuts, hummus, olives, wine... all easy stuff to pick up on the way to an event)
Yotam Ottolenghi is the authority on the mezze / Jewish inspired feast. Once you've had a read of his famous book Jerusalem, you'll be wanting to make hummus galore and stuff every vegetable.
Or try this eBook, Snackistan - using the Libby by Overdrive app.
3) Easter Fiesta
Tacos! Nachos! Avocados! You can't go wrong with a bit of Mexican food. It's also great because people can add bits of whatever they like to their plate, that hot sauce doesn't have to be for everyone - but man, it can warm you up!
Looking for Mariachi vibe music to go with your food? Check out Border Crossings via Smithsonian Global Sound, one of our music eResources. Just log in with your library card details and stream music for free!
Easter and chocolate go hand-in-hand. Want more chocolate than just a multitude of Easter eggs? Try the following book for some amazing cakes:
Also, for some cosy vintage feels, try streaming Duke Ellington via Access Video (another sweet eResource) - log in with your library card details to view. Look for the song 'Hot Chocolate' to help you get in the literal swing of Easter.
Go classic Easter and have an egg feast! Decorate some eggs, have an egg hunt, eat chocolate eggs or even simple scrambled or fried eggs on toast would be easy and on theme. Here's a great book for egg recipes:
And for a great egg book to read your kiddies:
This book is just all-round fabulous, but happens to have some great egg recipes in it too: