How To Celebrate Easter Weekend 2020
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For most of us, Easter weekend is going to look a little different this year. We won’t be jetting off for a mini-break, we won’t be out enjoying the Bank Holiday sunshine with friends, and we won’t be dining out for an Easter Sunday roast. But fear not: there are plenty of ways to celebrate at home, from egg painting to fine dining at home to bespoke cooking classes. And, of course, you can eat chocolate wherever you are.
Bake Easter treats
Whip up some Easter treats for the family, such as these chocolate fondant eggs from master chocolatier Paul A Young. Hot cross buns are another way to get in the Easter mood – we love this recipe from renowned chef Tom Aikens. You could also get involved with the new Easter challenge from Cowcross Yards, ‘Show Us Ya Buns’, which involves taking their selected hot cross bun recipe and adding your own twist with whatever you have in the cupboards. Show off your creations on Instagram or Facebook tagging @cowcrossyards with the hashtag #CowcrossShowUsYaBuns – each week they’ll re-share the best ones. And for the seasoned bakers among you, try your hand at one of these advanced chocolate recipes from Pierre Hermé, taken from his book, Chocolate.
Get involved with Borough Market’s online festival
The iconic Borough Market is celebrating Easter with a five-day virtual extravaganza, involving a series of social media events hosted by chefs, artists and traders from the market. The weekend kicks off with an Easter baking class from This Morning’s Juliet Sear, followed by a hot cross bun tutorial from Borough Market favourites Bread Ahead. Other events include a two-part series on how to cook meat with The Borough Market Butchers, top tips for Fishy Friday from the Fishmongers’, and Sunday storytelling with writer and cook Kate Young. Get involved on Borough Market’s Instagram.
Throw an Easter egg hunt
While big Easter gatherings are clearly out of the question this year, you can still set up an Easter egg hunt in your own home and garden. To make things easier, order this kit from Talking Tables, which contains eight treat bags, six egg hunt clues, six signs and four sets of bunny footprints – perfect for little ones. Top tip: the hunt doesn’t end until the last egg is found, so count the eggs before you hide them and keep track as each one is found.
Painting eggs is an Easter tradition that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, hence the new ‘invisible’ eggs from Deliveroo, which come in both chocolate and Cointreau flavours. Each one is translucent and packaged with three pots of edible decoration and art supplies, so you can glitz up your egg before nibbling it down. Fabergé has also launched a campaign in which followers are being encouraged to design their own Fabergé egg by decorating the template provided on the brand’s Instagram stories. Decorate it using your phone, tablet, or on paper, then post the picture on your own Instagram; the best ones will be re-posted.
Eat lots of chocolate
If there’s one time of year to feast on chocolate until your heart’s content, it’s Easter. Many chocolate shops are still open for delivery – check out this round up for our favourites, and don’t miss our guide to the best luxury eggs on the market – our highlights are Pierre Marcolini’s Le Grand Lapin and Pump Street’s adorable chocolate chickens.
Cook up a storm
There’s nothing like a home-cooked Sunday roast to lift spirits. Why not cook up Gill Meller’s roast partridge with sage, thyme and cider? Or Michael Wignall’s lamb with creamed kale and roasted pumpkin? Whichever meat you go for – or if you’re cooking up a veggie feast – be sure to check out DUKES LONDON chef Nigel Mendham’s top tips for creating the perfect roast potatoes. Need a bit of video guidance? Invite Pasta Evangelists into your kitchen – via Zoom – for a bespoke cooking class, in which head chef Roberta will teach you the art of the Italian Easter spread, from lamb ragu to Colomba Pasquale. Book your class via firstname.lastname@example.org. Slots are available Monday-Saturday from 9am-11am and 2pm-7pm.
Create a home bar
We won’t be able to enjoy that staple Bank Holiday pub trip this year, so why not bring the bar to you? We’ve put together a guide to creating your own home bar, including tips on the space, the theme, the products, and of course the drinks. Time to mix up some quarantinis!
Recreate the restaurant experience at home
Don’t fancy cooking this weekend? Enjoy fine dining at home with Hide at Home, the delivery service from Ollie Dabbous’ Mayfair restaurant. The Easter banquet consists of roast Herdwick lamb saddle with confit new potatoes and a red wine jus, followed by a strawberry and vanilla custard tart. Order via the SUPPER app.
During lockdown, those of us lucky to have gardens are treasuring them more than ever – so now’s the time to get them into tip top condition. M&S Food is launching an online video series designed to help get the nation gardening at home, hosted by green-fingered guru and Blue Peter gardening presenter Lee Connelly. Each week he’ll be running a masterclass with easy-to-follow tips on how Brits (young and old) can spruce up their gardens, as well as grow their own fruit and vegetables. Check it out on the M&S Instagram.