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What to do at Easter at home

Vices and whims for a homemade celebration with guaranteed success

An Easter out of the ordinary awaits us this year, to be spent at home. Whether you are in sweet company, surrounded by the warmth of family or alone, nothing should be left to chance. Luckily, we’ve got delicious ideas for a menu with an authentic flavor of tradition to test yourself in the kitchen, eggs and doves from the best brands of pastry and chocolate shop, video memories to share with your loved ones, board games, karaoke, “virtual” challenges and a selection of films with a strictly Easter theme.

Take note of the ingredients, choose your favorite game, prepare the most comfortable at-home theater and get ready to decorate your chocolate eggs. You’ll be charmed by our list of suggestions for an Easter indoors, without sacrificing taste and fun!

A GOURMET EASTER MENU

Preparing a homemade Easter lunch does not mean giving up taste and creativity! Thanks to a rich selection of gourmet-proof culinary tips, you can (re) discover the pleasure of delighting in the kitchen, at a time of dishes that take inspiration from the gastronomic culture of the Bel Paese, winking at gourmet flair. Put on your apron and get ready to put your hands in the dough. Chef in Shirt, Yellow Saffron, Il Cucchiaio d’Argento and La Cucina Italiana offer delicious menus with a rich selection of first and second courses, appetizers and desserts to be enjoyed until the last crumb of lamb, pasqualina cake, stuffed artichokes and pastiera, with multifaceted variations. Tradition and innovation, for all tastes! To improve your skills as a master patissier, you can try your hand at decorating a “do it yourself” egg, as suggested by Pierpaolo Ruta, owner of the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto di Modica, which has been producing chocolate in Sicily for 150 years. He’s got all the tricks and tips for garnishing your perfect Sicilian-style Easter egg, with almonds and chocolate; a simple and artisanal technique, in the name of the authentic world of Trinacria confectionery. You can find the decadent recipe in the first episode of “In Sicily with Averna” – which tells the savoir faire of the island in four episodes with multifaceted themes, to discover those Sicilian characters that represent tradition and customs. It’s a new story that will accompany us – every Wednesday – during the month of April between activities and themed pastimes, bringing the colors and flavors of Sicily to our homes.

EASTER DELIVERY 

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For an Easter “as tradition commands,” eggs and a dove cannot be missing. To satisfy this sweet desire, Italian confectioners and chocolateries have equipped themselves with the delivery service. In Milan, there are many gourmand brands that have entrusted themselves to the home. From the dove of the refined Peck gastronomy, to the Easter production of the pastry and fresh pasta brand Pastamordolce; from Davide Longoni’s dove, to Nicolò Moschella’s hand-decorated chocolate creations, also available in the Milanese province. From the Sicilian tradition, Ammu makes his special pistachio egg available for delivery in Rome and Milan, while the Easter-themed delights of Maestro Iginio Massari can be savored throughout Italy, together with the dove of the award-winning Olivieri Pasticceria 1882 and the famous signature Milanese Marchesi, accompanied by delicious artisan eggs. And with a simple click, thanks to the portal iorestoacasa.delivery you can taste the delicious Venchi eggs, the doves and the hand-decorated eggs of the Via Cafaggio pastry shop in Sesto Fiorentino, the traditional doves of the Mengozzi pastry shop in Forlì, the Easter preparations of Malavenda Cafè of Reggio Calabria or even the desserts of the Centeleghe pastry festival in the province of Belluno.

VIDEO FAMILY MEMORIES

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Like every holiday, Easter is meant to be cherished. Creativity and imagination are the perfect ingredients for an unforgettable pastime to be spent with those who accompany you on these festive days, in the name of amateur videos enriched with special effects, animations and engaging storytelling. Build a simple narration, to be noted before starting the recording, check that the lights are balanced, that the audio works correctly and that the shooting is stable … clapperboard, action! To make the shooting more engaging, a selection of filters with a decidedly captivating appeal from the Easter theme will help editing the video. JibJab will allow you to select from a series of already programmed choreographies that put your photos in the foreground, creating a slideshow to download and send to relatives and friends, while the Instagram and Snapchat apps offer a selection of effects inspired by “Easter creatures” – bunnies, eggs – to add to your shots in real time.

HOMEMADE GAMES

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Time to stay home and rediscover those beloved home games and pastimes. For those who love peace and patience, puzzles are always an excellent solution. Placing that last piece will always give you immense satisfaction. Legos will stimulate your imagination, with fantastic constructions and colorful combinations. Indulge yourself with a wide selection of board games. Guess the word with Taboo, test your general knowledge with Trivial Pursuit, try your hand at drawing with Sketch, challenge your skills with Cranium, conquer the most beautiful streets of the city with Monopoly, guess the murderer with Cluedo, find as many words as possible with Il Paroliere and do not give up a session of duels to be solved with pen and paper, such as Nomi Cose Città, Hangman, Naval Battle and Tris. If you are the group’s golden uvole, don’t miss out on karaoke apps – Smule, for example – for a virtual duel to the last song. And for an Easter at a safe distance, no problem: the Quiz Duello, Fight List and Trivia Crack apps will allow you to play with friends, for an all-digital challenge. And for an even more dynamic Easter with the family, organize an Egg Hunt. Hide the sweet tooth of the party inside, to be found thanks to a series of riddles and tests that will let your creativity run wild.

EASTER ON TV

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Movie lovers, for you a selection of titles inspired by the Easter party is about to be shown in your living room. Make yourself comfortable. Between musicals, historical films and comedies there is really something for everyone! Jesus Christ Superstar is certainly the most representative musical of this time of the year. With a soundtrack famous all over the world, it will make you want to get up and dance. Risorto, on the other hand, is a historical-themed film that received great success in 2016, based on the story of a group of centurions charged with solving the mystery of the disappearance of the body of Jesus from the tomb. Easter Lunch is a 1962 comedy, characterized by a series of amusing misunderstandings that create havoc in Rome under the Nazi occupation. And for those with a sweet tooth; Chocolat tells the story of an exuberant pastry chef who upsets the quiet and ordinary daily life of a small French village by opening a chocolate shop, in an interweaving of events and misadventures between comedy and sentimentality. Chocolate Lessons, a 2007 comedy, instead tells the love story of two young people born from chocolate, where squabbles and Italian-style jokes mix in a film with easy laughter. And for an even more intense cinematic binge watching session, here are the suggestions of #CampariCinemaClub!

Amanti del cinema, per voi una selezione di titoli ispirata alla festa di Pasqua sta per essere proiettata nel vostro salotto. Mettetevi comodi: tra musical, pellicole storiche e commedie ce n’è davvero per tutti i gusti! Jesus Christ Superstar è sicuramente il musical più rappresentativo di questo momento dell’anno, con una colonna sonora celebre in tutto il mondo, vi farà venir voglia di alzarvi e ballare. Risorto invece è una pellicola a tema storico che ha ricevuto un grande successo nel 2016, anno dell’uscita in sala, basata sulla storia di un gruppo di centurioni incaricati a risolvere il mistero della sparizione del corpo di Gesù dal sepolcro. Pranzo di Pasqua è una commedia del 1962, caratterizzata da una serie di equivoci divertenti che creano scompiglio nella Roma sotto l’occupazione nazista. E per i più golosi due titoli “a tutto cioccolato”: Chocolat racconta la storia di una esuberante pasticcera che sconvolge la tranquilla e ordinaria quotidianità di un piccolo paesino francese aprendo una cioccolateria, in un intrecciarsi di eventi e disavventure tra comicità e sentimentalismo; Lezioni di Cioccolato, commedia del 2007, racconta invece la storia d’amore di due giovani nata proprio dal cioccolato, dove battibecchi e battute all’italiana si mescolano in un film dalla risata facile. E per una sessione ancora più intensa di binge watching cinematografico, ecco i suggerimenti di #CampariCinemaClub!

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