Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail. Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way…
Now that I have that lovely little ditty stuck in your head, it’s time to get ready for Easter!
It’s been a busy week here at the Jones house. We bought a new car (yay!) and are in the process of finishing up some home renovations so that we can move back into our master bedroom this weekend. This has been a long time coming and I am soooo excited that we won’t have to be camping out in our spare room anymore!!! And it’s Easter (and that means I can watch TV again next week)! Which for us makes it a very busy weekend culminating with the celebratory Easter Dinner on Sunday! So my apologies for my blog neglect this week.
As a Christian, Easter is one of my favourite and most meaningful holidays of the year! We try to make it to the sunrise service at church, and this is followed by everyone gathering later in the day to celebrate. Like so many other holidays and celebrations, food is an important part of many a family’s Easter celebration, usually in the form of Easter Dinner. My family is no exception. Growing up, we always had Easter Dinner at my grandparents’ farm, where all the aunties, uncles, and cousins would gather and the little 1950’s farm house would burst into a hive of activity and spirited reminiscing and conversation! How we packed 30 – 40 people into that little 1,100 sq.ft. house every year, I still have no idea.
Like so many other holidays and celebrations, Easter can leave those of us on the AIP scratching our heads as to what we can eat while still maintaining all those deliciously rich culinary traditions we grew up with. Since Scott and I don’t have children yet, we thankfully don’t have to worry about ensuring the Easter Bunny brings his paleo/AIP basket, but composing an all-star Easter Dinner while observing such a strict diet can certainly present it’s own challenges.
Easter has always meant ham in my family. Unfortunately, most commercially-available hams are full of nasty little additives that would deprive me of this pleasure now. Lucky for me, Second to None Meats right here in Calgary makes some great pork products, including hams, with nothing but pork, salt, and natural smoke. The only catch is you have to order about four weeks in advance, but it is so worth it! And the best part is, they don’t charge you any more for the special order than they do for their regular hams. And if that weren’t enough, they source all their meat from local Alberta producers. Their pork, in particular, is sourced from Broek Pork Acres, a family owned and operated pastured pork operation near Lethbridge, AB. It’s a total win-win!
I struggled a little bit this year to put together an Easter-worthy feast for our friends and family. I wanted to make sure there was enough for me to eat, but I didn’t want others to feel deprived. I decided to stick with the traditional ham and go from there. There were a couple of old family favourites that Scott pleaded with me to keep on the menu, so our friends and family will be contributing scalloped potatoes and pistachio jellied salad. I won’t be able to partake of these dishes, but I’m glad they will be able to!
The menu I finally settled on includes:
- Baked ham;
- Maple bacon sweet potatoes;
- Prosciutto-wrapped roasted broccolini;
- Toasted coconut, strawberry and baby spinach salad; and
- A Blackberry Peach version of Martine’s Cran-Apple Gingerbread Crumble!
Pictures and recipes to follow, so watch your inbox!
I’d love to hear about what you’re indulging in this weekend. Please share below!
Have a happy and blessed Easter!