In 2019 we spoke of gratitude, thinking we understood what it meant. Little did we know what 2020 would bring. While we’re still reeling a little from a world turned upside down, our grasp of what it means to be truly grateful has expanded in the most humbling ways: we now appreciate health, face-to-face time with friends & family, the chance to work from home, a hug, a walk, and being able to go to school.
In celebration of all these good things, we’ve rounded up some recipes that we think might just set the tone for a wind-down weekend – fresh, easy, nourishing and fun to make.
I’m looking forward to some time to reflect over the Easter weekend, and touch base with my inner voice which too often gets drowned out by the business of day-to-day living. This peace often descends when I cook.
Wishing you that chance to do whatever restores you, no matter how small or simple.
Brilliant Braai Recipes
Easter is always a turning point in the seasons so if there’s sun, we’ll be lighting the braai. Here are some brilliant braai recipes, each with their own quirks.
- Cauliflower skewers with Pesto Drizzle
- Chilli Poppers with Chimichurri
- Next Level Potjie Potatoes
- Lamb Sosaties with Harissa Paste
Great Family Meals
The long weekend isn’t just about one meal. Here’s hoping it’s a chance to try a few new recipes, from homely classics to a simple soup served with homemade bread.
- No-Knead Pot Bread with Basil Pesto
- Quick & Easy Melanzane Parmigiana
- 10-Minute Butter Chicken Curry
- Roast Cauliflower Curry
For something a little out of the ordinary and a feeling like you really are on holiday, even if you’re going no where, these fish favourites might just fit the bill.
- Hake with Harissa & Coconut Cream
- Kingklip with Basil & Lemon Pesto Butter
- Steamed Mussels with White Wine & Basil Pesto
And if it’s Easter Classics you are after (with plenty of chocolate eggs too), then be inspired by these fool-proof recipes.
Photography, Recipes and Styling by Michelle Parkin.