Easter Traditions

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  1. Terry Page

    Terry Page Very Well-Known Member
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    It's the first time I have been in Russia during Easter so I will taste the local cuisine which mainly consists of two items Kulich (Easter bread) and Pashka (cream cheese dessert)

    Lisa makes the Pashka a day in advance, because it needs to drain. I made one at home way back in the 1970s during my Russian period [​IMG] I recall I loved it ........so look forward to tasting the authentic version. They have a different range of soft cheeses here, what they call cottage cheese is similar to our mascarpone, their cream cheese different again.......the pashka consists of mainly various cream cheeses and fruit and nuts......

    Kulich (Russian: кули́ч;, from Greek κόλλιξ , and ultimately Hebrew: חלה‎‎ meaning a roll or loaf of bread) is a kind of Easter bread that is traditional in the Orthodox Christian faith and is eaten in countries like Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Georgia and Serbia.

    Traditionally after the Easter service, the kulich, which has been put into a basket and decorated with colorful flowers, is blessed by the priest. Blessed kulich is eaten before breakfast each day. Any leftover kulich that is not blessed is eaten with Paskha for dessert.

    Kulich is baked in tall, cylindrical tins (like coffee or fruit juice tins). When cooled, kulich is decorated with white icing (which slightly drizzles down the sides) and colorful flowers. Historically, it was often served with cheese paska bearing the symbol XB (from the traditional Easter greeting of Христос воскресе, "Christ is Risen").


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    The presentations themselves make my mouth water. Yum, yum:)
     
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    In Hungary it's called Kalacs

    Also when I lived in Hungary, I couldn't find anything resembling what we in the states call cottage cheese.

    This is the closest thing...curd cheese, not creamy like ours...it's the pic on top...I added it and that's where it went and don't have time to fix things.
     
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    Easter traditions in our Family have certainly changed over the years since my birth, etc. When I was growing up in my own family with my siblings we always got Easter outfits complete with Easter bonnets for all the girls. There was alway Church on Easter Sunday and moma always had a big meal cooked for us consisting of a ham, roast beef, or turkey with all the sides and dessert. We dyed Easter eggs and got chocolate bunnies...and sometimes even real dyed Easter chicks. :)

    Later after all of us grew up with families of our own, etc. and my dad was not on earth anymore, my mom would have us over and she always cooked cajun ham and rice dressing with militon and/or eggplant in it. The rest of us would all bring sides and desserts and drinks. We continued to dye some eggs but since there was so many of us now we would often buy the plastic eggs and fill them with candy and the golden eggs with some money, And then we would hide those eggs for all the grandchildren to find. As Moma got older we took over more and more of the planning, etc. for Easter but until the last couple years of her life she still made the ham and rice dressings.

    Then after my Moma left this earth, my siblings and I started holding a Family Reunion on each Saturday before Easter...this has been going on for over 12 years now. We boil crawfish with corn, potatoes, mushrooms, and sausage. Everyone brings desserts and drinks and we all enjoy visiting with each other on this day. Especially now that we pretty much live in different places and don't get to see each other much. There is still an Easter egg hunt for the grandkids, etc. Then on Easter Sunday our individual families do their own thing or get together with each other to share a meal which may have ham or not.

    This year most of my siblings will not be at the Family Reunion and I won't be either as I am not over my bronchitis enough to feel up to going. All my daughters and their families are going though and I hope they will have a wonderful time with their cousins and the aunt or uncle that will be able to make it this year.

    Happy Easter one and all....wherever you are and however you celebrate (or don't) it.
     
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    @Babs Hunt , I had forgotten about the dyed baby chicks...also, my Easter as a child was very similar to yours.
     
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    Well here is our traditional Russian Easter breakfast, it was way to sweet for me, but Lisa of course loved it and half the Pashka was consumed [​IMG]


    The Bread (Kulich)

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    The Pashka

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    Having digested the sweet breakfast, for dinner we had a simple slow roasted lamb joint with roast potatoes and carrots...followed by a dessert of chocolate egg and more pashka [​IMG]


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    Happy Easter, everyone.
     
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