If, like us, you love any excuse to get all the family around the table and enjoy some really delectable food, you’re probably really looking forward to the long Easter weekend. There is, of course, the temptation to float in a pool of chocolate for the whole Bank Holiday and for those who have given up beloved foodstuffs for Lent, Easter provides a happy and deserved indulgence.
It’s not just all about the food though. We love the fact that Easter and spring provide a panoply of possibilities for styling one’s dining table. Whether you opt for a natural, daffodil-infused spot of décor or, like us, have been won over by the metallic opportunities, Easter lunch is the perfect occasion to prettify your eating experience and spoil your guests with a feast for the eyes, as well as the belly!
Jacaranda chargrilled lamb | Simple garlic & rosemary lamb | Jacaranda duck breast & slow cooked leg
Of course, we do actually have to talk about the food as well. It’s a firm belief that a beautiful joint of local lamb is the quintessential dish for Easter Sunday. Whether you roast a simple shoulder of lamb with garlic and rosemary or chargrill it with a pile of glazed vegetables, there’s something so delightfully British about this dish. If you don’t fancy it though, our duck breast with slow cooked leg, parsley potatoes, roast carrots and celery, lightly pickled cucumber and beetroot jus could provide a perfect alternative.
Jacaranda Eton Mess
As you’re going to be consuming more than enough chocolate anyway, why not deviate from the obvious and offer Eton Mess as dessert, bursting with the zing of seasonal berries? If you definitely do want a cocoa influence, you could always incorporate a chocolate meringue into that dish.
When it comes to snacks, you’re going to want to fill your house with the aroma of freshly baked hot cross buns (with or without a sprinkle of cinnamon as you see fit), but don’t overlook the role that Italian Easter bread can play in your celebrations this weekend, too. For little ones, you’re not going to escape without making at least one batch of Easter egg nests, but whether you choose cornflakes, rice krispies or little pretzels covered in molten chocolate as the base for your mini eggs is entirely up to you.
Hopefully some of these ideas have whetted your appetite for the culinary possibilities this weekend. If you’d like more inspiration, do check out our Easter Pinterest board and let us know what you’ve got planned, too. Enjoy taking some time off and indulging in your foodie passion – we wholeheartedly encourage it!