Springing into Easter

Mar 18, 2024

We are now stepping into Spring. Great to see the days getting longer, the weather starting to warm up and the sun shining.

In 2024 Easter is falling in March. ‘Easter’s exact date varies so much because it actually depends on the moon. The holiday is set to coincide with the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, the first full moon after the vernal equinox’ https://www.countryliving.com

So, this year Good Friday falls on the 29th of March and Easter Sunday on the 31st of March, don’t worry you can still get hold of us if you need any temporary relief staff over the bank holiday weekend, just call our landline numbers and you will get through to us and we will be very happy to help you.

Easter can signify different things for us all, for some it’s a religious time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ within the Christian faith. Others associate Easter as a long bank holiday weekend to spend time with Friends and Family. For others, it’s all about the Egg hunts, eating lots of chocolate and the 2-week school holiday break!

Food plays a huge part at Easter. There are lots of traditional foods which we all buy and prepare. Good Friday has the tradition to eat Fish, on Easter Sunday it’s Lamb or Ham and throughout the weeks leading up to and on Good Friday it’s Hot Cross Buns and Simnel Cakes.

So, since we are all about Chefs and anything foodie at Full Circle Catering, we thought we would share some insights into these foods and share some ideas if you are hosting over the Easter weekend. If you are a business, we can send you a Chef to prepare and serve delicious food in your kitchen but if you’re the one cooking at home then hopefully this will give you some helpful bits to help you entertain and a bit of knowledge to impress your guests!

Eggs – Symbolises Rebirth and life. Eggs can be chocolate or hard boiled and decorated. This makes an attractive centre piece for a table, grab a little basket, add Coloured shredded paper, and add some vibrant and funky hand decorated eggs. It’s also a great entertainer for kids!

Hot Cross Buns – represents Life. ‘The buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday to commemorate the crucifixion’ www.cozymeal.com. Nowadays the traditional fruit flavour isn’t the only one you can find on the shelves in the supermarkets, you can now get all varieties of flavours including Strawberries and Cream, Salted Caramel, Blueberry, Apple, and Chocolate to name a few. A hot cross bun can make a lovely Bread and Butter Pudding that oozes with Easter flavour.

Simnel Cake – Signifies the end of Lent, it’s a colourful cake bursting with Fruits and spices and decorated with 11 Marzipan Balls to represent the Disciples minus Judas in the Christian faith. This makes a nice gift if you are wanting to give something other than chocolate or makes a great pudding to have on the table.

Roast Lamb – Traditional sacrificial creature ‘Lamb is the traditional choice on Easter Sunday, so there’s no real reason to stray away from the popular classic (try serving a roast chicken and you’re bound to ruffle a few feathers). Most cooks opt for a nice leg or shoulder, which is fine, but for a proper chef-like centrepiece a saddle of lamb is tough to beat.’ www.greatbritishchefs.com

With a traditional roast dinner, you have so many options of what to serve – try Griddled Asparagus with flaked almonds, Broccoli, and Green Beans in Garlic Butter, roast your potatoes with Rosemary and don’t forget homemade mint sauce to accompany oh and carrots but we will mention them later.

Roast Ham – It’s cheaper than Lamb!Ham became a less expensive alternative to lamb on Easter once there was less demand for wool in the U.S. after World War II’ www.AL.com. Pop it in the slow cooker and cook on low (timing will vary due to size) covered in water. Once cooked and drained mix Honey, Dijon Mustard, and Brown Sugar then smoother on the Ham and roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes until it browns – it will melt in your mouth.

Carrots – Symbolises Springtime and Food for the Easter Bunny. Traditionally Children left Carrots out for the Easter Bunny similarly to leaving them at Christmas for the Reindeers. Carrots make great puddings so get baking Carrot cupcakes or roast them in honey to serve with the dinner, they really do add colour to a roast dinner and if you are doing any crudities before, they make a great dipper.

Spiced Easter Biscuits – This is common in the Southwest of England as a tradition and makes a great gift. Cassia Oil was originally used in the biscuits ‘in the belief that it was used to clean Jesus’s body after his crucifixion, and spices have the same connotation’ www.goodto.com/food.  Always a winner to do with the children.

Around the world there are lots of different traditional dishes found on the table at Easter such as Salt Cod in Portugal, Pickled Herring in Sweden, Pascualina in Italy, Lemon Potatoes in Greece, or Torrijas in Spain. There is a variety of dishes you could serve with your traditional roast lamb or baked ham and add an international flavour to your Easter servings. Happy Cooking!

If you are short staffed over the Easter period, then please call:

Catering – 01623 404311

Care – 016323 404224

We are taking advance bookings for after Easter so just drop us a message if you have any requirements: rachel@fullcirclecatering.co.uk

Happy Easter from all at Full Circle Employment Agency.