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How to host an Easter egg hunt

No one adores Easter more than the kids. Make the holiday an even more memorable occasion by inviting your friends and their little ones for a fun-filled day.

Baskets ready? The hunt is on!

DIY invitation cards

Cheerful invitations set the tone for a fun-filled family gathering. Make your own invitation cards with the kids as a fun after-school activity. It’ll be a welcome break from homework!

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Prize-filled eggs

Stuff plastic Easter eggs with prizes such as stickers, miniature toys, stationery, and candy bracelets. Make hard-to-find golden eggs an extra special treasure with $1 coins and $2 notes — just remember where you hid them.

Easter decorations

A garland of balloons is a simple yet festive way to decorate any space. And don’t forget to get some inexpensive baskets and attach name tags for the kids to write their names on.

Easter picnic

Refreshing drinks, popsicles, sandwiches and finger foods are great things to serve at an Easter egg hunt. Fill a picnic basket with snacks and Easter goodies. Or try your hand at making these sweet and savoury Easter recipes.

Hunting for Easter Eggs

If you have a large group of children, pair the younger kids with the older ones to keep the game fair and mark a home base for each team. When the hunt starts, one player from each team can take turns to find five eggs before returning to the home base and tagging the next team mate.

When you’re certain that all the eggs have been found, it’s time to tally the results and reward the winners with prizes. Have enough prizes for everyone, because everyone’s a winner at Easter.

Need some help with Easter egg hunt decorations? Our designers at honestbee have produced some egg-stra special Easter-themed drawings just for you. Download and print honestbee Easter illustrations.

7 egg-stra special offerings from our Easter store

Fill your basket with special treats from Anjali Chocolat, Gastronomia, and Da Paolo this Easter. Your sweet tooth will tingle for these masterful creations. Even though some of these chocolate extravaganzas are too beautiful to gobble up… at least, right away.

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Anjali Chocolat Easter Bunny (50g) available in Belgian milk chocolate, Belgian dark chocolate, and Belgian white chocolate, $10

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Anjali Chocolat Easter Chicken (80g) available in Belgian milk chocolate, Belgian dark chocolate, and Belgian white chocolate, $12

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Laurent Bernard Large Egg 12.5cm with 1 small rabbit, $40

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Laurent Bernard Small Rabbits in plastic egg shell, $15

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Da Paolo Bunny Cupcake available in vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, $4.80 each

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Niederegger Marzipan Bunny & Egg Variation 175g, $23.80

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La Molina Chocolate Egg in Jar 2 x 90g available in white chocolate and dark chocolate), $28.80

 

Check out more Easter specials at the honestbee Easter store now.

 Happy Easter!

5 Essential Tips to Serving Cheese

Summers are all about entertaining, wining and dining. The food and kitchen experts at ToTT have generously imparted their cheese platter knowledge on us. Here are the things you need to know for that next dinner party.

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tips | how to choose seafood

Do you really know when something smells fishy?

We wanted to find the difference between fresh and suspicious. Learn the essentials as we sit down with celebrity chef and restauranteur, Peter Kuruvita, who was recently at W Singapore‘s Seafood From The Heart event.

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honestbee tests | Tortally Pineapple Jelly

There is no simpler thing than a bowl of jelly – unless the bowl is empty. But that doesn’t give us any satisfaction.

Our resident food critic and editor, Rachel Tan gives our honestbee featured product a try.

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Just add water, stir and set. Make sure to mix it thoroughly with hot then cold water as stated on the box, as the gelatin powder tends to clump at the bottom.

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Pick your containers based on what kind of jelly party you plan on hosting.

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The bubbles will disappear after it goes into your fridge. Make sure there’s a shelf space cleared in advance before you pop them in. 

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Wait overnight and dig in with a stainless steel spoon – you get cleaner edges and a finer sliver of jelly to enjoy.

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how to pick your root vegetables, part 2

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Sweet Potatoes & Yam

Among the easiest to prepare and palatable roots, sweet potatoes and yams taste great mashed, pureed, roasted made into soup – even baked into pastry. They can be used both in sweet and savory dishes and are very well-matched with coconut milk, honey, maple syrup, oranges, cinnamon, ginger, pecans, cashews, walnuts, raisins, and curry powder.

Choose to buy

✓Firm. Uniformly coloured skin. Smooth and bright for sweet potatoes.

✗ Wormholes, cuts, sunken holes and/or decay.

Nutrition fact

Like carrots, yellow-fleshed sweet potatoes are an excellent source of immune boosting beta-carotene. Yams are a good source of potassium. Both tubers have higher starchy carbohydrate content than potatoes, but a lower glycemic index for increased satiety and hunger control.

Caution

Yams are often confused with sweet potatoes, and although they can be used interchangeably, there is a difference. Yams have a brown or black skin which looks similar to tree bark.

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how to pick your root vegetables, part 1

By Dinesh Sivapragsam

Among the most nutritious of food, root vegetables make for one of the healthiest comfort foods all year round. These crisp, sweet vegetables burst with flavor and should become staples in your kitchen.

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Fresh root vegetables can be intimidating. Most of them have thick, scaly skin and long stems with leaves sprouting out. Some get the impression that root vegetables taste too earthy and bitter. Truth is – if root vegetables taste like the dirt which they grew from, they were not chosen or prepared right.

Treat this two-part guide as inspiration to regain your trust in roots. They not only carry amazing benefits for your health, but are versatile in the kitchen and absolutely delicious when prepared properly. Find out how you can choose beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash and pumpkins in the markets. 

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why citrus fruits are so important for Chinese New Year

Tangerines, kumquats and oranges are auspicious Chinese New Year symbols. Some people might think these fruits are just pretty to have around the home during the 14-day period of the Chinese New Year, well, there’s a deeper meaning than that. 

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don’t clam up on clams

When most people think of clams, they think of their steep prices served at Italian restaurants – the Vongole dish. In actuality, clams are very wallet friendly and their current pervasiveness in supermarkets cannot go unnoticed. But clams in general aren’t popular with many households only because some people are too lazy to clean them while others don’t know how to select good ones. So when it comes to clams, these bivalves are overlooked and undervalued. When you speak to chefs or seasoned cooks, they will tell you that clams are the easiest to prepare. Today’s variety of clams include the flower clams, the manila clams or the local white variety which can be picked up on our shores.

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eat some colors

Blue foods are a freak of nature to some people. While we are comfortable with eating blueberries, there are other types of blue foods that people still avoid. Blue potatoes and blue corn may not find their place in Asian cuisine but if you’re serious about your health, it’s advisable to eat all colours of foods (i.e orange, red, purple, yellow, blue) to enjoy a balanced and nutrient-rich diet.

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