Dear Greek Site Reader,
Christos Anesti! After midnight tonight we can begin saying that phrase to each other. Translated, it means "Christ has risen." The standard reply is, "Alithos Anesti" or "Truly He has risen."
Easter is a big deal for the Greek culture. Some families roast whole lambs. Our family has done that in the past, but this year, I am roasting an eleven pound leg of lamb. I roasted a leg of lamb last year, too and it was quite tasty. Nothing special for the seasoning - just some lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper, garlic, and some beautiful Greek oregano I found at the Greek store. I am roasting it at 300 degrees for approximately 5 hours. But my handy meat thermometer will tell me when it is done.
Lamb is a traditional favorite, and so are red Easter eggs. They are dyed red to symbolize Christ's blood. This week's article is a recipe for Tsoureki, the Greek Easter bread. In its traditional form, you braid it into large loaves and bake the red Easter eggs right into it.
Here is the recipe:
Greek Easter Bread Recipe m- Tsoureki
This article includes complete instructions for making Tsoureki, the traditional Greek Easter bread.
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