To me, Easter signifies the lifting of darkness, be that the end of Lent, the clocks changing and Spring arriving. This means light, colour and jolliness.
The light at the end of the pandemic tunnel is at least visible, the vaccine rollout going well and injecting some colour into our homes and wardrobes gives the feeling of joy too, and Lent sacrifices, if adhered to, make us feel a little lighter physically too.
The Spring palette is pastels but how can you choose which to make the focus of your wardrobe? There’s yellows, pinks, blues and gorgeous greens – in fact – with 3 for 2 offers you can spoil yourself if you can’t decide!
It’s important to make an effort even with fewer people around the table, dress up, use a scent, wear hats and call them Easter bonnets if you all are visibly missing your hairdresser, and of course, make yummy food.
It doesn’t have to be too formal, have a picnic, make a luxurious afternoon tea, or have food you can graze on that doesn’t require you to spend too much time in the kitchen.
These lamb skewers are swift to prepare and impress guests of all ages and fit into all those categories; I keep a pot of the spice mix ready made for action! You can make patties if you prefer and leave out the skewer.
400g of lean minced lamb
1 minced onion
3 crushed garlic cloves
50g of currants
50g of pistachio flour (blitzed pistachios)
a teaspoon of sweet paprikA
a teaspoon of ground allspice
a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
A good handful of mint and parsley.
Mix all the ingredients together and form ‘sausage’ shapes and then insert skewers to each, before brushing with olive oil and griddling for literally 3-4 minutes each side. Serve with yoghurt and pitta bread and a Middle Eastern salad.
Plan some fun into the day too, an Airbnb experience dance class, recount stories, call other members of the family or play a game? Can be a board game or as last week we spoke about gardens and balconies –turn them into part of your Easter Egg hunt. I’m not a big believer in this being just for children by the way. There are some insanely lovely figolla that I would fight any sized person for!