Tangerine glazed ham is an easy holiday ham recipe, perfect to serve for Easter dinner or any Sunday brunch.
I don’t mean that because everywhere you look, flowers and trees are are in bloom. Well, that is part of it. For me, spring is a time of renewal, reflection and planning. A chance to correct what I didn’t like about the last year and set a course for a new destination. It’s also a time for family to gather for Easter dinner, which is likely to include a variation of glazed ham. This year, it will be tangerine glazed ham.
For me, Easter also represents a time of rebirth. Of ideas, feelings and of self. We get so comfortable in our baggy sweaters and comfy jeans all winter that we cringe when we see our uncovered selves in the mirror on the first warm day we bravely put on shorts. We have long forgotten our resolutions we made on January first. I know in the back of my mind when I make them that the rate of success is not high. Over the years, I have decided not to set myself up for this disappointment. Instead, I choose to set more attainable goals mid year, when I feel the energetic pull to work in the yard and run outside instead of inside on the treadmill.
Spring is a time to flourish and take a minute to re-examine how you live your life. Are you happy and do you enjoy what you do? Do you have positive relationships with others? Happiness means so many different things to different people. Not everyone finds bliss in a morning spent at the greenhouse followed by an afternoon of making homemade bread or rollerblading in the park. Finding happiness is often hampered by our own actions. Simply put, often that which holds us back is ourselves.
Last year, while having a conversation with a friend, I mentioned that I felt I was at a personal crossroads. I explained that I was looking for a greater purpose, so to speak. As much as I love my life and I feel very fortunate for all that I have, I felt that I was still searching for something. She asked what I would do if I could, with no restrictions. I told her I would write, about food, family, and my life. Her response was short, stopping me in my tracks.
“Well, then why don’t you?” she said. 5 words that shined a light on the path not yet taken.
That was the moment I made the choice to stoke that little light inside of me and put my thoughts into action. Everyone can have a second act in life, whether it be a career change, getting in shape or a change in attitude. There is a line in one of my favorite songs that says “Decide what to be and go be it”. This is my motto right now.
Well-being is less about enjoying life when it’s going well and more about having strength and perseverance when it’s not. We weren’t born with a road map in hand, but it doesn’t mean we can’t pause and evaluate where we are from time to time. Don’t wait for a tragedy, an illness, or loss of job to find your “spark”. Have a little faith, get a good support system, plot out your path, and move forward.
I hope you enjoy this Easter, and all that spring reveals to you.
This tangerine glazed ham is a favorite in my house. A fresh take on a traditional glaze, the sweet-tart crust that forms on the outside is the best part.
Save time by purchasing a spiral sliced ham. Doing so allows the glaze to find its way into all of the slices of ham. I use Cooks brand (shank) spiral sliced ham. It is packaged with it’s natural juices, bakes well, and doesn’t get mushy.
This tangerine glazed ham recipe is adapted from Tyler Florence.
I hope you and your family love this tangerine glazed ham!
The delicious hot cross buns came from a local bakery, Boyden’s, and were freshly baked that morning.