Who doesn’t love Easter? It’s the perfect excuse to indulge. A four-day weekend just screams short vacations, lazy mornings and of course delicious food. Late brunches, scrumptious desserts, and dinners worth sharing with as many people as you can rally together. For most people, that includes more than your fair share of chocolate. It comes part and parcel with Easter, and let’s be honest… It wouldn’t be right unless you had at least one choccy egg.
Everyone loves a good ol’ snack. Something to tide you over between your meals and fill that growing hole in your tummy that’s screaming for food. It’s so easy to reach for that bag of crisps, or chocolate bar that’s calling your name. But sooner or later, you regret giving in to that sweet tooth craving and wish that you’d never snacked in the first place!
But the problem is, most snack’s that are readily available are the ones that aren’t too good for you. And the one’s that claim to be healthy are either ridiculously overpriced, taste completely horrible, or just have no flavour at all! And if you don’t know by now, I hate the thought that healthy food has to be tasteless.
I’ve recently discovered a love for dates. They’re sticky, sweet and completely delicious! They have a subtle, caramel-like flavour which I find completely irresistible. They’re a fairly new discovery of mine, but I really can’t get enough. I don’t know what took me so long to try them, but I’m seriously in love.
It all started around Christmas. I was looking for festive flavours and new ingredients to use to make some goodies. That’s when I came across dates. I’d only ever used dried dates in baking, like in my yummy bread (fruit tea loaf) recipe. But absolutely loved the flavours that they created.
So, when I got a pack of fresh, plump medjool dates, (which I heard were the best), I couldn’t wait to have a taste. I was shocked at how big and juicy they looked, as I always thought of them as shrivelled, sticky old fruit. But they were so good! They were full of flavour and surprisingly moreish.