As is tradition, at this time every year, our team would be hard at work planning one of our favourite surprise events of the year – the famous Londolozi Easter breakfast. I would be fussing over the final menu, working with the creative team to design our beautiful Easter market and having a quiet word with the Easter bunny to remind him that it’s a little further to travel to get to us than most gardens. This would be the time that I would be working with my team of chefs to ensure all the prep was done and the buns made (scroll down to download this and our other recipes). For our guests, driving into the Easter Breakfast market is one of the highlights of their trips, and so, this year, while we can’t all be together to share a mango lassi and a cinnamon bun on the emerald green Varty lawn, the Londolozi family thought we could share our tips on how to recreate the Londolozi Easter brunch right in your home – wherever you find yourself right now. It may take a bit of creativity and a spot of work in the kitchen but we hope to transport you – even if only for a moment – to Londolozi this Sunday. Here’s how…
Firstly (and possibly most importantly) make yourself a flower crown to get the festive feeling going. If you don’t have access to fresh flowers, feel free to use your creativity and make paper flowers or recycled flowers, or anything you may have lying around the house. It’s not about precision, it’s about fun!
It wouldn’t be easter at Londolozi without an Easter bunny hunt. Hiding some of our famous bunny cut-outs in your garden or home will begin to bring the magic of easter to you and your family.
As is the tradition at Londolozi on Easter, wear your freshest whites…
It wouldn’t be truly easter without a bit of colourful bunting. Find any sort of colourful paper (raid the arts and crafts cupboard or cut out from a magazine) and string together some happy bunting to hang around the house or garden. The easy feeling of Easter brunch is usually accentuated by a spot of lawn games. Our preference is for croquet but you can get out your boule set or any other family game that can be played outside in the sunshine. If you aren’t able to get outside, there’s nothing stopping you from knocking the croquet ball around the living room…
This step is the most important. More important than flower crowns, bunting or croquet. Easter is all about togetherness, and so if you find yourself with your family at this time, take the time to spend it together and share your beautiful Easter food. If you are far away from family right now, using technology to call in via video call to share your virtual brunch would bring you together (many of us will be doing just that this year!) And if these two are not an option for you, just know that you – our global Londolozi family – are always with us. Just close your eyes and picture yourself sitting around the table with us, the sounds of the birds around you, the honking of a hippo from the dam just outside the camp and the gentle clinking of glasses at the next table.
Finally, as is the tradition after a festive brunch, ensure that you leave sufficient time for a good, restorative nap!
And so, as a little Easter gift from our secret, original recipe book to yours, explore and create some of the famous Londolozi favourites below:
Download our Easter Cookbook here.
We may be far away but hearty food and global family will always connect us. From our Londolozi family to yours, we wish you nature, togetherness and deliciousness this Sunday!