Easter Food & Easter Gifts - How Are You Planning Yours?
With Pancakes & Hot Cross Buns Of Course!
For many 2020 will probably be a quiet Easter at home, but it certainly does not have to be a miserable one. With a little thought you can make a stay-at-home Easter a lot of fun. It’s Easter, it's the school holidays and it's time for pancakes.
Now, who says it’s only the parents who make these and get the fun of tossing them? Get the kids involved. If they’re old enough, get them to follow a recipe (supervised of course) to make the batter. Show them how to prepare the pans and let them have a go. They will get the hang of it in no time. Let little ones mix the ingredients. Just like when you’re making cakes, they love being involved. Let the older ones try tossing them. Take a look at this pancake book, it’s a perfect Easter gift idea for kids.
Do Your Know Your Pancake History?
It’s well known that we love our pancakes, but did you know that they have been around for a long time? Scientists found pancakes in the remains of Otzi the Iceman, the 5,300-year-old man! In Greece and Rome pancakes were usually made from wheat flour, curdled milk and honey. Greek poets Magnes and Cratinus wrote about pancakes, as did Shakespeare in his play ‘As You Like It’. Around the 15th-17th century, pancakes were often flavoured with spices, apples, rosewater and sherry.
The name ‘pancake’ started in the 15th century, but became official around the 19th century. They have been many names for the pancake before that, including:
The tradition of Shrove Tuesday pancakes arose when the period of Lent was strictly followed. During that period, people were not able to eat animal products. This included products like milk, eggs and butter, so they used them up by making pancakes before Lent started.
Today, while you can find pancakes both sweet and savoury on menus around the world, they are especially popular on Shrove Tuesday. Take a look here for some great and slightly different pancake filling suggestions; the squash, goat’s cheese and rosemary idea is particularly delicious!
Do You Know What The Hot Cross Bun Symbolises?
As with a lot of Christian traditions, the roots can be traced back to pagan times. The bun was thought to be a representation of the sun wheel, found mainly during the spring equinox or ‘Ostara’ sabbat for the Goddess Oster, typically around March 20th. Following the widespread conversion to Christianity, the bun became the symbol for the end of Lent.
Made from ingredients forbidden during Lent, there is different symbolism attached to the hot cross bun. The cross signifies the crucifixion and the spices symbolise the spices used to embalm Christ. The buns also carry with them superstitions, one being that hanging one in the kitchen will ensure any bread made will turn out perfectly and protect against fire. A multi-tasking bun!
If you know someone who loves to bake, gift them with a bread maker or even an Artisan Bread Making Class for Easter! An assortment of spices would also go down a treat. Both these and much more can be found on Gifts Australia with delivery still ongoing. If you spend over $99, standard delivery is absolutely free.
Bored Kids, Fed Up Parents!
As any parent will testify, hearing the dreaded ‘l’m bored’ sends shivers up your spine! Be prepared:
Make some promissory notes that the kids can earn by doing things for you or around the house - give some leeway on bedrooms though, it is the holidays! These can be extra time on social media or Xboxes, picking a favourite meal or dessert, money (always popular), some extra chocolate, and so on.
Get them to help around the house for said notes, but also to make them feel valued and important. Stress how helpful they are being. Of course, it depends on the age of your kids, but younger ones will enjoy being given some responsibility and the chance to spend more time with you as you supervise what they are doing.
Make sure you have enough board games and garden games to entertain them over this period - plenty of colouring books, crayons, paints, plain paper, activity sets like Lego. Get the kids involved in selecting them, as they’re more likely to use them that way. Remember, older kids and adults enjoy colouring, and there are some fantastic colouring books for adults around.
Get the kids involved in cooking or using the barbie, there’s never a wrong time to get them to learn cooking skills.
If you think your garden might need some TLC, give them their own patch.
Check out the YouTube videos about growing veggies like mung beans in plastic bottles, this is fun and practical for any age group.
Let them have time on the TV and Xboxes. Who knows, you may have a budding Fortnite winner (this year saw one 16 year-old become a millionaire). It is the holidays, so as an Easter gift to them, consider easing up on the usual time restrictions.
Easter Gift Shopping
The fun of walking around the shops looking for the right present is just not happening this year. But shopaholics need not fear! You can still head online and peruse websites at your leisure. If you want a hot tip, check out the hampers. They are a must-have gift this Easter season!
Why not send out a hamper to your family and friends as an Easter present?
They are the perfect gift. Take a look at the delicious Hamper Emporium hampers on Gifts Australia. The variety of choice and standard of products is second to none. Inside you will find gourmet artisan treats you would not find in the local supermarkets. These come from Australian producers and first-class international companies like Moёt or L’Occitane.
You can find pamper hampers that will thrill both men and women with their carefully selected skin-care products, handmade candles and gourmet treats. Then there are the food hampers with a host of delicious items... You can choose hampers with the excellent Cape Mentelle wines or bottles of champagne, or opt for the non-alcoholic options! There are also beer and whiskey hampers that make a great alternative to chocolates for adults.
Chocolate is the traditional Easter gift, and at The Hamper Emporium there is an excellent selection from world-renown chocolatiers. This includes Australia’s Ernest Hillier and Morgan’s with their delectable chocolate covered nuts, fruits & nut brittles. Once tried, the flavours are never forgotten! Try Morgan’s Crème Brûlée Roasted Peanuts or Ernest Hillier Milk Chocolate Scorched Almonds, you can’t go wrong.