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Coming Back To The Table: Easter Edition.

Coming Back To The Table: Easter Edition.

There’s always something special about Easter. Peter Rabbit said, ‘I can’t think of one thing that could possibly stop our fun.’ That’s one smart bunny! My childhood memories of Easter are full of excitement, family traditions, and food. A lot of food. Too much food! My parents sometimes hid chocolate around the house for us to discover. But the best Easter egg hunts always happened in a large field with the other kids from town. We’d line up and wait for the horn to go off, signaling the start of the hunt. I’d glance at my friends. They’d grin back at me. My heart would pound in anticipation. And then we were off: running, laughing, sliding in the grass, skinning our knees. And we didn’t care because nothing could possibly spoil our fun.

Easter traditions are different around the world but they have one common thread and that’s togetherness. Eating together gives us the chance to reconnect around that old kitchen table we grew up with. We can share a cup of coffee, tell each other stories and pretend to fight over that last waffle. We experience moments of kos.

Torill Myre describes kos (pronounced coosh) as the fundamental things that put a smile on your face. It’s about being present and enjoying a moment for what it is. Let’s imagine a moment of kos: you wake up Easter morning and trudge downstairs to the scent of freshly brewed coffee. You pour yourself a cup of coffee, reach for the package of waffle mix and whisk in some eggs, milk, and vegetable oil. The batter sizzles as you pour it into the waffle maker. You hear the floor creak. The smell of Easter brunch lures your family downstairs. They trickle into the
kitchen, fill their mugs and reach over each other to help with brunch and sneak bits of waffle amid the chatter and laughter. In Norway, they might shout in unison, “A, sa koselig,” to describe this cozy feeling. That’s kos.

Easter brunch is as much about spending that time together as it is about the food. That said, brunch can be uncomfortable for people with food allergies, sensitivities, autoimmune conditions like celiac disease, or just plant-based restrictions like veganism. Torill was mindful of that when she created her certified gluten-free waffle and pancake mix. It’s also dairy-free, soy-free and vegan friendly. All of the ingredients in the mix are suitable for a vegan diet. Vegans can cook their mix with flax or chia eggs, and plant-based milk. There’s no compromise needed.

Easter can still look like the scenario above even if your family is practicing social distancing. It will also look different for many other families and friends this year. Someone I know said “it’s physical distancing, not social distancing.” This year I’d like to propose a virtual Easter brunch. Phone apps are available so we can group chat and see everyone on the same screen at the same time. Families and friends can even make their waffles together at their own houses, meet
at their kitchen tables and take time out to connect.

Good ole Peter Rabbit.
Happy Easter everyone!

Blog Contributed By: Jen Shrubsole, BSc. RD of Naturally Nu, www.naturallynu.com

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