Easter is a time of spiritual reflection and celebration along with time for families to come together around the dinner table. From main dishes to sweet treats, here are five mouthwatering Easter food traditions to be enjoyed over the Easter holidays.

1. Roast Lamb

Roast lamb takes centre stage on many Easter tables, symbolizing the arrival of springtime abundance. Succulent and tender, a leg of lamb is often slow-roasted with garlic, rosemary, and other aromatic herbs until it’s perfectly cooked and bursting with flavor. Served alongside seasonal vegetables, roast lamb is to Easter what Turkey & Ham is to Christmas.

2. Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are an Easter staple. These soft, spiced buns, studded with currants or raisins and marked with a symbolic cross on top, are enjoyed throughout the Easter season. Whether served warm with a generous slather of butter or toasted until golden brown, hot cross buns are a comforting treat that adds a touch of sweetness to the holiday festivities.

3. Irish Soda Bread

The traditional Irish soda bread is made with just four ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. The light kneading of dough results in a crusty exterior and a tender, moist centre. Whether enjoyed fresh out of the oven or used to mop up gravy from the Easter lamb, Irish soda bread is a beloved staple of Irish cuisine.

4. Simnel Cake

Simnel cake is a traditional Easter fruitcake, enjoyed for centuries but one that seems to be going out of fashion now. A rich layered fruitcake filled with dried fruits and topped with a layer of marzipan, this dessert is adorned with eleven balls to represent the eleven faithful apostles (excluding Judas). Simnel cake is feast for the eyes and taste buds.

5. Easter Eggs

Eggs hold a special place at Easter as they symbolize new life and rebirth. In recent years, chocolate eggs have replaced normal eggs but in the past while people were fasting during lent eggs were one if the foods they fasted from, so were a welcome treat on Easter Sunday.

From succulent roast lamb to sweet and spicy hot cross buns, if you want to enjoy these traditional Easter treats but don’t want the hassle of cooking, pop into The Bailey Bar & Eatery in Enniscorthy where our chefs will do all the hard work for you.

Too often people make the mistake of thinking having a party at home will be easier and cheaper. However hosting a communion, confirmation, birthday or anniversary party in a restaurant not only provides a stress-free experience but can also be surprisingly kind to your wallet.
Here are five compelling reasons why opting for a restaurant celebration can be more cost-effective than hosting a party at home

1. Catering Efficiency
When you choose a restaurant for your communion party, you gain access to professional catering services. Restaurants are equipped to handle large events, streamlining the food preparation process and ensuring that the menu meets high- quality standards. This efficiency can often result in lower per-person catering costs compared to sourcing and preparing food at home.

2. Venue Amenities Included
Unlike hosting at home, where you may need to rent or borrow tables, chairs, linens, and other essentials, restaurants include these amenities in their event packages. This eliminates the need for additional rentals, saving you both time and money. The cost of your booking is often bundled with these amenities, making the overall expense more predictable.

3. Service Staff at your Fingertips
Hosting your communion party in a restaurant means you can take advantage of the professional staff on-site. From serving and clearing dishes to managing the details of the event, the restaurant staff ensures a smooth flow, allowing you to relax and enjoy the celebration without the need for additional staffing expense

4. No Pre or Post Party Cleanups
One of the most significant advantages of a restaurant communion party is the absence of pre or post-party cleanups. Restaurants handle the cleanup, saving you the time and effort required to return your home to its pre- celebration state. This can be particularly appealing for those who wish to avoid the exhaustion of a post-party cleanup.

5. Predictable Budgeting
Restaurants often offer packages with transparent pricing, making it easier for you to budget effectively. With a home party, unforeseen expenses can quickly add up, including decorations, extra food costs, and the potential need for additional items. Restaurants provide a more predictable cost structure, allowing you to plan your budget with confidence.

Opting for a restaurant party provides a professionally managed event that can make your celebration memorable without breaking the bank. Call 053 9230353 to speak to Jackie at The Bailey Bar & Eatery or email jackie@thebailey.ie to organise your stress free cost effective celebrations

Making small, sustainable changes to your diet can have a significant impact on your overall health. Here are five simple changes you can make to improve your eating habits.

1. Increase Your Vegetable Intake.

Aim to fill half your plate with vegetables at every meal

Experiment with different cooking methods like roasting, steaming, or sautéing to enhance flavors

Always have a variety of fresh and frozen vegetables on hand for quick and easy additions to meals

2. Choose Whole Grains

Swap refined grains for whole grains. Choose whole wheat bread, brown rice, quinoa, and whole-grain pasta.

Check food labels & menu descriptions to ensure you’re getting products with whole grains as the main ingredient..

Whole grains are rich in fibre, keeping you fuller for longer and providing essential nutrients.

3. Snack Smart

Opt for nutritious snacks like fresh fruit, vegetables with hummus, Greek yogurt instead of cream, or a handful of nuts.

Keep unhealthy snacks out of sight, making it easier to choose healthier options.

It is ok to treat yourself with snacks or desserts but its good to plan your snacks to avoid impulsive, less healthy choices. Opt for low fat options where available.

4. Hydrate

Swap a sugary drink for a glass of with water with your meals.

Infuse water with slices of fruits or herbs for added flavor without added sugars.

Herbal teas and infused water are excellent alternatives to keep you hydrated without added sugars or calorie

5. Mindful Eating

Pay attention to portion sizes, and avoid eating straight from the package.

Chew your food slowly, savoring each bite. This can help you recognize when you’re full, preventing overeating.

Be mindful of emotional eating. Instead of turning to food for comfort, find alternative ways to cope with stress or emotions.

The key to lasting change is consistency. Focus on making diet adjustments gradually, allowing your body and taste buds to adjust. Small, positive changes can add up over time, leading to a healthier and more sustainable approach to eating.

Our chefs and waiting staff are happy to discuss any menu choices with you or where possible can accommodate changes and requests to suit dietary needs or requirements.