Greek Orthodox Easter 2018

Our celebration of the risen Christ always involves family, food, music and prayer. The bountiful food is personal because the recipes have been passed down for three generations here in the U.S. I hope that when I cook and serve my grown children their great-grandmother’s handwritten tsoureki recipe they can understand that her substitution of anisette and orange juice for Mahlepi was born of economic necessity and the ingenuity of an immigrant. When we feast on lamb, we remember that Jesus Christ allowed himself to be the ultimate sacrificial lamb. When we crack the eggs dyed red and exclaim “Xristos … Continue reading Greek Orthodox Easter 2018

Greek Orthodox Easter Feast…Xristos Anesti!

Christ is Risen!  Truly He is Risen!   On this blessed day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ with good food, good company and great thankfulness that Jesus Christ laid down His life for us, his unworthy people.  And by His death, He conquered our death and gave us all a chance at life eternal.  I am humbled. Our family had a small gathering in D.C. with two of our three children.  A wonderful dinner was enjoyed by all. Greek Salad..    Roast leg of lamb and potatoes..    Skordalia and  Greek wines….      Spanikotiropita,, … Continue reading Greek Orthodox Easter Feast…Xristos Anesti!

Pascha, Part II…

I like to cook my holiday meals all throughout the week prior so I can have a little fun on the big day too!  it’s especially important for Greek Easter as we often roast a whole lamb on a spit in our backyard!  Alas, this year no whole roast Pascha lamb, just a small semi-boneless leg.  But my prep work for the big day continues on this week before Eastern Orthodox Easter.   Today, I made my pites, or pies.  Tiropita  (cheese pies), and Spanikotiropita (spinach and cheese pies) are my children’s favorites.  My tiropitas are made with ricotta, shredded … Continue reading Pascha, Part II…

Easter Preparations

Eastern Orthodox Christians the world over celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this coming Sunday, April 12.  After a Lenten period of reflection, self denial and prayer, we all look forward to the Feast that is Easter (Pascha).   Today, I spent the day preparing the Easter Eggs, always dyed red to signify the blood that Christ shed for our sins.    During our Easter celebration we will crack them together while announcing “Xristos Anesti”and “Alithos Anesti”.  Literally,, Christ is Risen, Truly He is Risen.  We crack them to signify Christ’s breaking forth from the tomb. … Continue reading Easter Preparations