We (Greeks) are now into Holy Week, “Megali Evdomada” – less than a week until Easter Sunday. Both the Catholic and Greek-Orthodox Easters (as is the case from time to time) fall on the same day this year. It is a very spiritual time for Greeks and it is indeed more significant than Christmas. The Greek Orthodox calendar places more emphasis on the death and jubilant resurrection of Christ – Easter (Pasxa).
This period before Easter is also one where practically every Greek will be adhering to a strict fast: no meat or meat by-products. That is to say that fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses and shellfish are fair game.The first day of fasting is always challenging but even that is becoming easier for me as my diet has gradually gravitated towards more vegetables and less red meat.
This period leading up to Easter Sunday is also a busy one. There are daily church services, thinking of and cooking substantive Lenten meals for the family, planning for, buying and preparing for the feast of Easter Sunday. As is the tradition, the Easter table will have lamb or goat as its centerpiece. There will be roast potatoes, there will be seasonal vegetables, Spring salads, many, many appetizers and of course, dessert and fruit.
Here at the blog level, things are also busy. Tonight, you can listen to me live on CHTO Radio as I chat and share some Lenten dishes with the audience. You can listen to me live on the radio or via the internet tonight (Monday) at 8PM EST.
I will also be trying (juggling) to offer some last minute Lenten recipe ideas plus some options for this upcoming Easter Sunday. My first offering for Easter is dessert. One of my favourite desserts EVER is Lemon Meringue Pie. This dessert is made of three basic components: a pie crust, a lemon curd filling and a meringue topping.
This recipe comes courtesy of Anna Olson, chef and TV celebrity as seen on Canada’s Food Network. Anna lives just south of Toronto in t he Niagara region and she juggles television appearances, cooking demonstrations, charity events, running her bakery/store and sharing her many, many recipes. This recipe appeared on Anna’s shoe, “Sugar” where she focused on desserts and other sugary/sweet treats.
Anna also cooks on the savory side but I must admit I am more drawn to her desserts, I have tried many of her recipes and they (recipes) nor Anna have never let me down. I present to you one of the best Lemon Mernigue Pie recipes. Now, wouldn’t this pie looks spectacular on your Easter table?
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