A Salute to Woman

THE WEEKLY GLEANER | MARCH 24 - MA RCH 30, 2021 | www.jama ica-gleaner.com | I40 THE WEEKLY GL AN R | MARCH 24 - APRIL 24, 021 | www.jamaica-gleaner.co | WOMEN’S MONTH FEATURE STATEPOINT: T HE APPEARANCE of brightly coloured foods and decorations filling store aisles can only mean one thing: Easter is here! This year, the beloved springtime holiday lands on April 4, which also happens to be International Carrot Day. To celebrate the Easter Bunny’s all-time favourite food, McCormick has released a collection of sa- voury and sweet carrot-forward recipes to get you inspired. “We have seen a significant rise in searches online for carrot recipes over the past couple years, particu- larly around Easter,” says Kevan Vetter, McCormick’s executive chef.“The carrot is having a moment and being appre- ciated for its many possibilities and flavours.” Here are seven re imagined takes on favourite classics that make carrots the star. 1. Air Fryer Maple Glazed Carrot Fries. Sprinkled with cinna- mon and ginger, these Air Fryer Maple Glazed Carrot Fries are topped with bacon and finished with a maple glaze providing the perfect sweet and sa- voury holiday side dish. Tip! You can bake in your oven or try with other veggies by swapping the carrots with parsnips or halved Brussels sprouts. 2. Vegan Carrot Bacon. In under 20 minutes and armed with a vegetable peeler, you’ll be able to satisfy your bacon craving with these crispy ribbons of carrots. Vegan Carrot Bacon is spiced to perfection with gar- lic, onion, paprika and mustard – don’t say you weren’t warned when every- one begs you to make these again and again. 3. SlowCooker CinnamonGlazed Carrots. Finished with a brown sugar glaze, this delectable recipe for Slow Cooker Cinnamon Glazed Carrots gives hints of warm cinnamon and spicy ginger. Featuring just six ingre- dients and only five minutes of prep, these carrots are super easy and hands- free, giving you time to get outside and hunt for some Easter eggs. 4. Carrot Shaped Waffles. Okay, these Carrot Shaped Waffles don’t actually call for any carrots, but they do celebrate them! Hop on down the bunny trail toward an Easter- themed brunch staple the whole family will love. Fluffy on the inside and crispy where it counts, pure vanilla adds a warm sweetness to this colourful, whimsical treat. 5. Carrot Cake Swirled Cheesecake Bars. Is it carrot cake or a cheesecake bar? It’s both! Carrot Cake Swirled Cheesecake Bars combine the cinnamon and nut- meg-spiced sweetness of tradi- tional carrot cake with the creamy smoothness of cheesecake for an irresistible Easter dessert. 6. Carrot Cake withVanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (can also be made vegan!). Carrot Cake, spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, is made espe- cially delicious with a cream cheese frosting. Try the classic preparation or go vegan with a few easy plant-based substitutions. Either way, this cake can be layered or jazzed up with sprinkled pecans as a crunchy topper. 7 . Cinnamon Carrot Ice Cream with Cookie Crumble. Inspired by classic carrot cake, this Cinnamon Carrot Ice Creamwith Cookie Crumble is perfectly spiced with cinnamon, va- nilla and ginger. This dessert dream come true can be topped off with a simple, yet oh-so-sweet cookie crum- ble for an easy, but decadent finish. To helpmake your Easter celebration extra egg-cellent, McCormick is your resource to help you plan your entire menu and kid-friendly crafts, including Easter Carrot Slime. Visit www.mccor- mick.com/easter for full recipes, egg dying tutorials, and more to create the ultimate Easter celebration that every bunny will love. STATEPOINT: THE arrival of spring brings with it warming temperatures, blooming flowers and endless springtime cele- brations. It is also an opportunity to try something new, whether it is in the garden, kitchen or around the home. To help find the fun this season, the experts at Dollar General are offering some affordable spring tips and tricks for celebrating and decorating. DECORATIONS TO SPRING INTO THE SEASON Celebrate spring holidays with extra flair around the home. From adding a colourful vase of flowers to the coffee table, a new wreath on the front door or new pastel-coloured pillows for the couch, seasonal decorative touches can help provide a fresh look and pops of colour to any home. Consider adding festive holiday-themed decorations too, like a centrepiece filled with plastic eggs on the dining room table. THE SEASON OF NEW BEGINNINGS As they say, April showers bring May flowers. To celebrate the season of new beginnings, set some time aside to plan out this season’s garden with fresh flowers, as well as fruits and vegetables to enjoy all summer long. Spruce up your home’s outdoor spaces by paint- ing flowerpots bright new colours and by adding new outdoor or solar lights. With longer days approaching, having the perfect outdoor oasis may invite everyone to spend more time outside. TRY OUT A SEASONAL SPRING RECIPE Spring can also be the perfect time to try out a new recipe, whether it is a new side, main dish or a sweet seasonal dessert. Get some inspiration fromDG Easy Meals, which provides meal ideas that anyone in the family can try out, including “Better For You” recipes that offer healthier food choices using in- gredients readily found at DG stores. Featured recipes include a BBQ chicken salad perfect for a spring cookout, an apple slaw with honey mustard vinai- grette to complement any weeknight dinner and pink bunny cupcakes that can be assembled as a tasty activity for kids. By freshening up home décor, creat- ing a dreamy outdoor space or trying out the latest spring recipes, everyone can affordably find something to be excited for this spring. PHOTO SOURCE: (c) Svetlana-Cherruty / iStock via Getty Images Plus Tips for Spring Decorations and Celebrations & Carrot Cake Swirled Cheesecake Bars STATEPOINT Savoury Sweet Easter Recipes