So hopefully you have your fish in order for Good Friday, your sacrificial lamb for Sunday, a colourful bowl of foiled egg excitement sitting on your kitchen bench, and several obnoxious looking bunnies stashed away ready to have their ears nibbled early Sunday morning. Maybe there’s even a dark Lindt bunny in the mix too now we’re grown ups.
But here’s some Easter menu items you may not yet have planned: your breakfasts, your pretzel hunt, your Good Friday/ Easter Sunday sides, something sweet that isn’t in the shape of an egg, bunny recipe for Holy Saturday, and of course a recipe for the Easter stalwart, the Hot Cross Bun.
Breakfast: Boiled Eggs With [Accoutrement]
EASTER FACT: Boiled eggs are commonly served at breakfast over the Easter weekend (true to the whole egg/ fertility/ regrowth angle)
For a perfect boiled egg here’s some tips.
And here’s some special occasion sauces you can serve with them:
All Day Errday: Hot Cross Buns
EASTER FACT: The sign of the cross marked into breads commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.
After suffering the family ridicule that resulted from my foray into the Easter bun world with ‘Hot Cross Rocks’ when I was about 12, I have been determined to create the fluffiest, softest bun that a non-commercial kitchen with a lack of chemical rising agents can produce. And these are just the numbers.
Good Friday/ Easter Sunday: Fish/ Lamb With Assorted Sides
EASTER FACT: You eat fish on Friday (because Easter Friday is a day of abstinence from meat and “fish is not a meat”) and a sacrifical lamb on Sunday.
You will need sides to go with these. Here’s some ideas:
– Puy Lentil & Feta
– Radish & mint
– Brussels Sprout
– Fennel & Orange Salad
– Wild Rice, Red Cabbage, Radish & Peanut Slaw
Easter Saturday Aka Holy Saturday Aka Easter Eve: Braised Rabbit Papperdelle
EASTER FACT: Official prohibition on (non-fish) meat is lifted after noon on Holy Saturday, so you can once again indulge in the pleasures of the flesh.
We suggest keeping it in the Easter/ bunny theme.
Braised Rabbit Papperdelle
The Hunt: Chocolate-Coated Pretzels
EASTER FACT: Pretzels used to be hidden instead of eggs, with the shape of the pretzel though to resemble arms crossing in prayer.
Here’s some that are an hommage to the more well-known chocolate egg hunt.
Something Sweet: Carrot Cake
EASTER FACT: Easter celebrates rebirth. Rabbits symbolise rebirth and fertility. Rabbits eat carrots.
You may need something to break up the chocolate on the sweet side of things, so here’s a little cake that keeps in theme.