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Easter baking and red eggs

Memories of Easter as a small girl have been fused into my mind. Easter is the most significant religious celebration in the Greek Orthodox faith. The Lenten fast begins seven weeks before Easter on a Monday… ‘Clean Monday’. This time of fasting is a time to cleanse the body and spirit. During this fasting you […]

Christmas baking

Christmas is nearly here and I need another batch of kourabiedes…love to give these gorgeous biscuits as gifts. Here is the recipe for that last minute baking and homemade gift giving. Mary x Kourabiedes 250gm unsalted butter ½ cup (125 gm) caster sugar 3 egg yolks ½ cup (125ml) oil 1 small cup (shot glass) […]

Summer couscous salad

Summer is here and it is time to slow down. Dreamy summer holidays for me are all about relaxing, having lazy days, enjoying time with family and friends over long lunches that turn into dinner. Summer food includes the idea of simple cooking, and this recipe is not only simple but perfect for summer eating. […]

Greek Easter…

April is here already, it doesn’t seem that long ago that it was Christmas, but here I am now preparing for Easter.  I love this time of year. Preparations for Easter begin on Holy Thursday when the eggs are dyed red and families begin their baking, making tsourekia and koulouria.  The house fills with the […]

Baking tsourekia

It is days like today that stir up so many emotions.  I am baking tsourekia and the house is filled with exotic aromas of mahlepi.  I am always so surprised, and really shouldn’t be, as to how something as simple as baking or a taste or smell can take you back to another place and […]

Red eggs for Easter

Red eggs for Easter are dyed on Holy Thursday..so today I bought a packet of red powdered dye and some eggs ready for tomorrow mornings ritual of dying the eggs. My mother loved to decorate a few of the eggs using a leaf from her garden and using it as a stencil.  She would place […]

Getting ready for Easter

It is Holy week this week and the Easter preparations will begin soon.  In traditional Greek homes, eggs will be dyed red, and koulouria (Easter biscuits) and tsourekia (Easter bread) will be made on Thursday.   Holy Saturday is for the making of the mayeritsa (Easter soup) and then of course Easter Sunday is an all-day […]

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Greek Orthodox Easter

Greek Orthodox Easter is not far now, only three weeks away. It is a time of fasting, and the Lenten begins on Clean Monday, which is seven weeks before Easter. The purpose of fasting is to cleanse the body and spirit. During this fasting, you abstain from foods that contain red blood, meat, poultry, milk, […]

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Greek Easter for Butchers!

Easter is the most significant religious celebration in the Greek Orthodox faith.  It begins with the Lenten fast seven weeks before Easter…this time of fasting is to cleanse the body and spirit. Easter preparations begin on Holy Thursday when the eggs are dyed red, representing the blood of Christ.  Women in Greek families are busy […]