Plan an Easter meal while self-isolating

This year Easter is going to be special for all of us in a very unique way. Being on a lock-down or self-isolating or even being quarantined isn’t very pleasing but we have to do it to protect our lives and those of others around us, especially those vulnerable or immunodeficient.

Easter is important for us Catholics/Christians worldwide. This year won’t be the same but you can always celebrate with your extended family and friends by cooking similar dishes at your respective homes and by video-calling.

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Family meals are always the best but make sure to stay indoors this year

No matter if you don’t get enough groceries or cannot do a grocery run this Easter weekend, you can still have an amazing Easter by cooking some homemade comfort meals and enjoying its deliciousness with the ones you’re self-isolating.

Below are some of my favourite recipes which will help you lay an extraordinary spread tomorrow.

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Below are a variety recipes to try for Easter this year and create your very own quarantine menu

A CUPPA OF SOUP ANYONE?

You could start with some snacks or small bites but I would give it a pass as I’d want to enjoy the main meal to the fullest followed by some scrumptious dessert.

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Spinach Caldo

The potato and leek soup could be a lighter snack option, a cup full is quite good to start with. Or maybe even a plain spinach caldo. Which ever you fancy or your family would like.

These recipes can help you kick off your Easter lunch or dinner in style. Get creative with whatever you’ve got at hand. You can create your own DIY soup/broth by having a mashed potato base and any other veggie incorporated in it.

THE SUPERSTAR MAIN MEAL

RICE DISHES

I’m personally quite fond of rice and would always enjoy a nice pulao for an important festival, occasion or day. So, I’ve got various options ya’ll can choose from for your Easter meal at home tomorrow.

I normally stick to my mom’s garlic pulao recipe, which according to me is the best. If you haven’t tried it out yet please make sure to do as you’re in for a blast of flavour in your mouth. You can also try the tangy masala pulao if you want to level up your spice game.

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Arroz de Chouriço

Pulao can also contain meats or even some fish or prawn. So, if you’re a non-veg lover or if you’ve omitted meats from your diet for the whole of the lent season then definitely eat all the possible meat dishes you can and add some to your pulao recipes too.

Try out this Goan sausage pulao. It is always a hit. If you’re feeling ‘chicken/poultry’ then you could cook up some nice chicken pulao. I’ve listed two ways you can make it. Or even go in for some nice chicken biryani with raita.

If you’d like some fried rice then try out this Smoked Lardon and Cabbage fried rice recipe.

PASTA

Some of us love pasta all day, everyday! So, why just miss out on Easter Sunday? Try out these variety of pasta recipes to include in your meal plan for tomorrow.

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SPICED UP GARLIC NOODLES

GOAN FESTIVE GRAVIES

Various dishes like some Sorpotel with sanna, cafreal, xacuti, etc. are normally included in a traditional Easter meal menu.

I’ve got some of these recipe here for you but with my own comfort food twist to it.

Chicken has got to be one of my favourite protein substitutes. Try out this amazingly simple Goan chicken curry and serve it with plain rice if you’d like to have a simple meal tomorrow. A much more festive chicken gravy would be a traditional chicken xacuti made the quicker and nontraditional way. It is always a hit and will be the perfect chicken gravy for these quarantine times.

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A simple menu

If you’d just want some fish included or as a gravy dish then try out the ambot tik recipe.

Normally cafreal is always associated with chicken but why not make some beef cafreal this time?

For pork lovers, I’ve got this Sorpotel recipe made with offals. However, you could always try out the same recipe and add pork meat to it instead.

ROASTED AND GRILLED

Lamb is so boujee but if you’ve got you’re hands on some during this lockdown then try out this succulent lamb ribs in red wine recipe. It is just so juicy and always a winner!

For all you roast chicken lover, try out this super flavourful and well balanced Roasted Harissa Chicken.

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Pan grilled chicken with a cucumber yoghurt dip

Another unique and mind blowing recipe is that of the chicken country captain. A must try and a real hit at my home.

This pan grilled chicken with a cucumber yoghurt dip is another excellent recipe to try out for your Easter special meal.

SOME SIDES

Let us begin with this festive salad, perfect for Easter as it is full of the spring special veggies and fruits.

Some other veggies to included as side dishes are:

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Mushroom chilli fry

However, if you’ve got some prawns then do try out this spicy prawn chilli fry. It goes amazingly well as a side with the chicken coconut curry and plain rice.

AND FINALLY SOME DESSERT!

If you’d like some cake and do not want to stick to tradition and make a carrot cake then do try out this orange polenta cake or even this moist chocolate and banana cake.

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Nutty orange polenta cake

An apple pie would be perfect too! or maybe even some rice pudding or bread pudding

Get to planning and executing for an amazing menu or spread for tomorrow. Let this be a special Easter Sunday.

So even if Easter plans are low key this year, you can still have a nice meal and enjoy Easter with your family, partner, flatmates, friends you live with or even your landlord or landlady. Just have a good and blessed Easter with the hope that things will eventually get better with time. We are in this together! This too shall pass!

HAPPY EASTER!

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