- 2 small beets, cooked & peeled
- 1 can of chickpeas / garbanzos, drained
- 1 chili pepper or jalapeño
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon of coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
It’s really very, very, simple. Add all the ingredients to a food processor & process until the mixture is creamy & smooth. Yep, perfect for any occasion, no excuses! So, whatever the reason your family celebrates on a day like today, it’s always important to keep cool & focus on the important things. Set some time aside for personal reflection & growth, especially today, when the world seems to need it the most.
**UPDATED, May 01, 2020: I’ve decided to change the format of my posts in order to cut to the chase, considering the recipe is the single most important point of it all! Recipe first, chit chat later for those who enjoy reading me the most. Happy reading!**
Today we celebrate a special kind of Sunday, and for many people around the world, it’s a very meaningful day of the year. The actual celebration, however, varies around the globe. Whether we celebrate the Easter Bunny making it’s way around our garden or the resurrection of Jesus, it seems like today is being enjoyed by families everywhere. This year, Easter Sunday is being celebrated in a whole new way. Families aren’t gathering, Easter egg hunts aren’t taking place, mass services are being held online, and the entire world is having a very intimate moment, hopefully with enough peace & time to reflect on where we are today & where we want to be tomorrow.
Easter, also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival & holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It marks the end of the Holy Week and marks the beginning of Eastertide, or the Easter Season. It’s also linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church, & decorating Easter eggs, which are symbols of the empty tomb. Additional customs that have become associated with Easter & are observed by both Christians & some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, & Easter parades. Today Easter is commercially important, seeing wide sales of greeting cards & confectionery such as chocolate Easter eggs…sadly ignoring the religious aspects of the feast & preying on the chance to sell, sell, sell!
Delicious Easter foods are obviously a thing, as families come together to celebrate the occasion. They vary regionally & some are unique to the date, while others are a common delicacy year-round, like the very beloved German Eiersalat. Feasts of smörgåsbord, paskha, Osterbrot, & mazurek are all delicious typical Easter foods in Europe. Many central & eastern European ethnic groups decorate eggs for Easter and have many different purposes for these decorated eggs. Rituals of girl-whipping with colored eggs as thank you’s (Moravia), or eggs hanging on branches to make Easter egg trees (Germany), or baskets brought to the church to be blessed that include colored eggs, ham, horseradish, & a type of nut called ‘potica‘ (Croatia), are all part of the celebration, and even kids dressing up as Easter witches (Finland) are all part of the Easter glee.
In the English-speaking world, things are similar, with additional traditions such as Peeps & the Easter Bunny delivering treats on Sunday morning. Hot cross buns & Sunday roasts warm the hearts & tummies of many a family around the world. We stuck to a simple meal today, and I combined the forces of hummus & beetroot in order to have a delicious & nutrient-packed addition to our table, not to mention the beautifully colored dish. Hummus is a popular food on my blog, and truth be told, it’s so simple & great that I’m surprised we don’t have more of it around here! But adding the sweetness of the beetroot & the kick from these hot little Thai chili peppers is my favorite so far!