So, we’re all knee-deep in the nationwide lockdown, to curb the spread of COVID-19, and odds are you’re starting to wonder how on earth you are going manage a special Easter celebration while you’re home-bound. After all, Easter is normally a friends-and-family affair with the most special people in your life, who you might not be able to spend Easter with this year.
Happily, there are a few ways to make the holiday super special for your lockdown family, even if you can’t do the things you would normally do over the long weekend. Here’s some inspiration to keep things festive (and busy), while we all stay safe at home to flatten the curve:
Most of us have a little more time on our hands, now that we don’t have to brave our daily commute, but even if you’re juggling working from home with childcare and cleaning, it’s fun to take some time out to get creative in the kitchen.
Since food stores like Checkers, Pick n Pay and Woolworths Food remain open throughout the lockdown period, you can still visit these shops for essential items and to stock up on any ingredients you need, provided you do so alone and take the proper precautions like staying at least one to two meters away from others at all times, and using hand sanitiser before and after you shop.
To get you fired up to make your way into the kitchen, here are a few Easter recipes you can try at home:
- Pickled Fish: This authentically South African Easter treat is synonymous with Cape Town, and while many of us tend to buy it from the store, this could be the year to try your hand at making it at home! Cape Town chefs, Andre Hill and Heinrich Koen, have shared their recipes on capetownmagazine.com - go check it out.
- Hot Cross Buns: Sweet, spiced hot cross buns are a staple on Easter tables. You will still be able to pick it up at your favourite food retailer at Capegate in the leadup to the long weekend, but you can also make it at home if you’re keen on giving it a go. Here’s a recipe from Food24 that was sponsored by Pick n Pay and was created by Fresh Living magazine.
Alternatively, you an always just go the classic South African route and have a braai! Checkers have all the essentials lined up, and you could even go the extra mile and try out this tempting recipe from Jan Braai, that uses leftover Easter chocolate (if there is such a thing?!?!).
Still needing more foodie inspo? Check out this digital version of the Fresh Living magazine for more ideas and adapt your Easter feast to your unique style.
Bonus points... get the tech-savvy person in your family to connect everyone on Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp chat or House Party so you can still enjoy your Easter lunch your favourite friends and fam.
Easter movie marathon
Let’s be honest – most of us are watching a little more TV and Netflix than we normally would right now, so there comes a time when you get a tad bored of scrolling. One way to make the experience more fun is to watch according to theme, and what better theme than Easter!
Here are a few movie titles to line up for the long weekend that are currently available on Netflix. Some are faith-based, while others lean more towards the bunny theme. Here are a few top picks:
- Peter Rabbit: When McGregor's nephew, Thomas, moves into the family manor, he is annoyed to find Peter Rabbit and his sisters in his garden. Thomas hatches plot after plot to get rid of them.
- HOP: Fred, who's never taken life seriously, unintentionally injures the Easter Bunny and is forced to take him in as a house guest. As both struggle to deal with the situation, they also learn to grow up.
- Joseph, King of Dreams: A boy's ability to see the future results in familial discord, taking him away to Egypt, where he helps the pharaoh protect the kingdom from disaster.
- The Story of God with Morgan Freeman: Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman explores the meaning of life, God, and many big questions in between in an effort to understand how religion has evolved and shaped society in this series.
- The Gospel of Luke: Luke sees Jesus as the saviour of all people irrespective of their beliefs, always on the side of the needy and the deprived against the rich and the powerful.
Get crafty with the kids
If you have children at home, or you’re sharing a space with some youngsters during lockdown, you’ll know that it can be a bit of challenge to keep everyone entertained. One way to keep those hands busy and minds focused, is to rope everyone in on a crafting project. In the lead-up to Easter weekend, it can be fun to make these crafts Easter-themed. Here are a few cool ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
There you have it – a few ideas to help you make the most of your Easter celebrations at home during the national 2020 lockdown. Stay positive, stay creative, stay safe and have a happy and blessed Easter!