This weekend is a special one! One thing that really stands out, especially coming from a Greek/Irish household, is that this year Easter is on the same day! So all the half Greeks or Greeks married to non-Greeks can celebrate this day in harmony.
I don't know about you, but I'm ready to spend time with loved ones, eat good food, and just relax.
I sent the following out in the Greek Food newsletter
(you should sign up if you haven't!) but I wanted to share them here.
Below are some Greek words you can tell you Greek friends on or around Easter!
Up until Easter, we say: "Kalo Pasha" which means, "Happy Easter"
On the day of Easter and a few days after, we say: "Christós Anesti" which means, "Christ has risen."
If someone says the above to you, you respond with: "Alithós Anesti" which means, "He truly has risen!"
Also, there are a few key things we make, which are listed below.
Both Jane and I hope you have a happy Easter!!
PS. I wasn't able to add the Greek spelling since it didn't recognize the typeface.
I semi-sweet braided bread. You can get the recipe here: Tsoureki | Easter Bread
Delicious butter cookies: Koulourakia | The Easter Cookies of Greece
The Greek egg tapping game played on Easter: Tsougrisma | Egg Tapping Game
Well, as our first month of writing for this section comes to a close, both Jane and I are very excited about what lies ahead. We have so much to share (and learn) it's going to be an amazing ride!
We wanted to thank all the people who have been sending us emails! I will respond to everyone, so if you have yet to get a reply--it's coming :)
Below are the 10 new Greek food recipes for the month.
We hope you like them!!
Kenton & Jane
1. Dakos Recipe
2. Baklava | Phyllo With Nuts And Honey
3. Keftedes | Greek Meatballs
4. Souvlaki Recipe | Greek Chicken Skewers
5. Hummus | Greek Style Hummus
6. Dolmathes | Grape Leaves Stuffed With Meat
7. Avgolemono Soup | Greek Egg-lemon Soup
8. Pastitsio | Greek Pasta Topped With Béchamel
9. Tzatziki Recipe | Greek Cucumber Yogurt Dip
10. Moussaka | Greek Eggplant Dish
Hello Greek Food Enthusiast!
My name is Kenton
and I'm the new Greek food writer here on About.com
This section has been dormant for a few years, but now it's back!
Soon, we'll be diving into the realm of Greek cuisine. I'll be sharing new and exciting Greek recipes; showing you traditional dishes as well as new and modern recipes.
The foods of Greece have been know to be some of the healthiest around - they are a big part of one of the healthiest diets, the Mediterranean Diet.
I hope you are as excited as I am.
In the mean time, feel free to browse the site and see recipes currently listed on here from past writers.
The Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary is celebrated on August 15th each year. This is the day that we honor the "falling asleep" or Kimisis (KEE-mee-sees) of the Theotokos, or Mother of God.
The feast day happens to coincide with the period of time that most Greeks break for Summer holiday. There is a great exodus from the city as people depart Athens and head to their family villages and island homes.
If you happen to be named Mary, Maria, Marie, Panagiota, Panagiotis, Despina, or any other name derived from the Virgin Mary, then the 15th of August is your feast day.
The greeting for someone celebrating his or her patron saint's day is, "Hronia Polla" which translates to a wish for "many years." After church services, friends and family will travel from home to home to greet the name day celebrants and to offer their wishes in person.
In return, the celebrant is expected to put out a spread for their guests in the typical Greek style of entertaining which means tons of food and sweets. Having fasted for the two weeks prior, it's time to feast.
In a traditional Greek home, the Roast Leg of Lamb with Potatoes is a customary offering for holidays and gatherings.
This is my simple recipe for Roast Leg of Lamb with Potatoes which I offer with many good wishes for Hronia Polla to all those that celebrate.