Have A Hopping Good Time This Easter

Have A Hopping Good Time This Easter
Potatoes. Image source Pixabay

Between hot cross buns and chocolate eggs, Easter is the perfect time to make good memories and eat good food!

Johannesburg, 6 April 2022: Whether you celebrate Easter or not, the number of eagerly anticipated public holidays that come with it bring a welcome opportunity to relax, reconnect, and celebrate with family and friends over many a good meal as you make lifelong memories.

For home cook extraordinaire, cookbook author and entertaining expert, Chantal Lascaris, one of the most important parts of any family gathering, like Easter, is the food. And with a husband who’s half Greek, she’s always been inspired to base the dishes she serves on traditional Greek cuisine.

This year, Easter Sunday will see her family and friends gather around the table to a meal of delicious Kleftiko (Roast Lamb), yummy Greek-Style Lemon Potatoes, and Briam (Mixed Roast Vegetables). “A big bonus for this menu,” says Chantal, “is that each dish can be prepped beforehand, with the minimum amount of effort, so I can spend more time at the table with family and friends!”

With the dishes decided, Chantal has a few other Easter-weekend décor tips up her sleeve that will not only ensure your Easter table looks egg-cellent, but also keep your kids creatively entertained as well.

  1. Kids D.I.Y. Kids love to get involved with arts and crafts, and it can be super helpful to turn it into decorations for your Easter table. From name tags to painting white Easter eggs with food colouring, and the challenge even of making an Easter Egg Tree, there are plenty of ideas that can keep your kids busy and your table looking fit for a feast.
  2. All in Advance. With a busy day of memory-making, it can be hard to pull yourself away to take care of all the tasks you need to when you host your loved ones. Try to decorate the table the day before, or at least have the basics done, so there’s one less thing on your ‘To Do’ list when the doorbell rings.
  3. All-Out-Easter! Have some fun when it comes to setting your table. Raid your kids’ stuffed animal collection for bunnies and, if you’re able, splurge a little on Easter decorations from the shops (these can be used over and over again like Christmas decorations, so it can be a worthwhile investment). Add a little greenery from your garden for a simple table runner and dot it with vases or glasses full of coloured Easter eggs for an elegant, yet impactful aesthetic.

With just a couple of weeks to go until the long weekend, Chantal hopes this Easter will bring more than good meals – a dash of laughter, ladles of love, and first, second, even third, servings of memories that will last a lifetime.

Chantal’s Recipe for Yummy Greek-Style Lemon Potatoes:

4 – 5 unpeeled potatoes

olive oil

coarse salt

pepper to taste

2 lemons

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

  1. Boil the potatoes in their jackets until just cooked.
  2. Drain and leave them until just cool enough to handle.
  3. Cut the potatoes into wedges and rub olive oil all over them.
  4. Arrange on a baking tray, season liberally with salt and pepper, squeeze the juice of one lemon over the wedges and scatter the rosemary sprigs over them.
  5. Place under the grill until they start to brown.
  6. Remove, turn and place under the grill again.
  7. Once done, squeeze the juice of the second lemon over the potato wedges and serve immediately.


About Chantal Lascaris:

Chantal Lascaris is a home cook extraordinaire whose love of food is fuelled by her passion for health and nutrition. A qualified Pilates instructor, and successful entrepreneur – several times over – Chantal has authored several highly successful recipe books, including the All Sorts of series – Salads, Healthy Dishes, One Dish Wonders, and Tapas. She splits her time between promoting her recipe books and running a small farm in Western Cape. The Ultimate Salad Book is her latest release, boldly moving the salad from simple side dish to centre stage main! She continues to give us the opportunity to use fresh and nutritious ingredients, in a range of salad dishes that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner – and even dessert!

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