The Easter long weekend is fast approaching. Like Christmas, Easter is one of those events when people tend to veer considerably off course – eating every chocolate egg, hot cross bun and everything else in between in sight. Why is it that we feel that because it is a holiday (“oh, but it’s Easter! I’ll just have one more!”), and that the stores are stocked full of Easter goodness, that we have to indulge and stuff ourselves until we feel sick, only to inevitably regret it in the days following.
Now, I am by no means suggesting that you refrain from enjoying chocolate and hot cross buns at Easter time. Easter is a marvellous time of year when we reunite with family, give and receive eggs and for some, celebrate religious events. This Easter however, I am asking you to be mindful with what you put in your mouth.
Good chocolate is delicious. Bad chocolate – not so good, right? Before you scarf down that pile of Easter eggs in the office kitchen, or polish off that bag of choccie eggs your co-worker gave you, take a step back and think about whether this is something you would ordinarily eat and enjoy if it wasn’t Easter. Classic example – I can’t stand Lindt bunnies. For years on end at Easter, I would receive hundreds as gifts, and many would get unwrapped and eaten by myself. Why? I don’t even like the stuff! Basically what I am trying to say is this – enjoy and savour the chocolate you do like and refrain from the other stuff. Give it away if you have to or melt it down and use it in a baking recipe. If you’ve never bought ‘Heritage’ chocolate before but are given it as a gift, just don’t eat it. Save it for the Haighs or Cadbury (or Lindt, if that’s your thing) and the chocolate you do enjoy. Indulge in the quality and you won’t have to concern yourself with the quantity.