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Post by Gala Placidia on Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:48 pm

Most countries have their special food to celebrate Easter. Although for Catholics Lent is not as restrictive as in the old times, everyone looks forward to celebrating the Easter festivities with some special dishes.
Every region has certain dishes which are prepared at this time of the year. In hour home, there is always  "Torta Pasqualina and Roast Lamb with plenty of rosemary and lemon juice. My husband loves those two dishes and looks forward to seein them on the Easter table. Consequently, I stick to that basic menu.
I found this site that has some excellent ideas and recipes, not only for Easter, but for any occasion: Easter-Pasqua lunch
Enjoy!  Very Happy
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Post by Flip on Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:23 am

We're having a traditional Italian (Neapolitan) Easter Lunch. Cannelloni, followed by the Lamb cooked with whole lemons and Rosemary, and then  Pastiera Napoletana and Colomba with Coffee (Kimbo of course) and a glass or two of my home made Limoncello. We will also have a traditional Neapolitan Easter bread done into a circle, stuffed with Salamis, Pecorino and hard boiled Eggs with ample Fennel seeds.
Needless to say we can't move until the Tuesday.....
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Post by pas55 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:07 am

On another note are the food shops open Good Friday
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:11 am

Local shops you can never tell, but most bigger shop seem to be always open these days...

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Post by Gala Placidia on Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:20 pm

Sounds delicious, Flip! 
Here is another recipe for lamb, which is easy to make (I've used an almost identical recipe in the past, but I always add 1/2 cup of sliced olives to the sauce) and it can be prepared ahead, which is great for entertaining. Another variation would be to serve the shanks with polenta. Lamb shanks Italian style 
Steve is right, Pass55, some of the larger shopping centres may be open on Good Friday, with smaller, local shops being closed, at least in the afternoon. In the past, they were all closed.
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Post by Gala Placidia on Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:30 pm

The Colomba Pasquale mentioned by Flip is very traditional at Easter time and similar to the Xmas Panettone, with in the shape of a dove. You can buy it at your local pastry shop or prepare it at home Colomba Pasquale recipe
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:21 pm

I don't know how they live so long eating the stuff they do!

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Post by L'uomodellaluna on Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:28 pm

Mediterranean Diet protects them!
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Post by Gala Placidia on Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:59 pm

Small serves, perhaps?  Razz
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Post by lancashire lass on Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:24 pm

We are having tortelli (home made) followed by lamb of course, panna cotta and fruit and then the colomba.
Being an anglo italian family though we will be having hot cross buns on Friday!

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Post by Gala Placidia on Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:36 pm

Well, I cannot get the Colomba in Spain, so I will get the local "torrijas". But I would love to have hot cross buns for breakfast as we used to have in Australia!  Very Happy  I will have to settle for a "croissant"
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Post by lancashire lass on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:34 pm

We have an Italian deli where we live that sells Colomba but you have to be quick to buy one as they sell very quickly, we have also bought italian easter eggs for our grandchildren they are much better than the english ones.

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Post by Gala Placidia on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:51 pm

The winner of the 2013 Chocolate Master was an Italian Italian Chocolate Master, so it must be for a reason... Very Happy
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Post by L'uomodellaluna on Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:52 am

Here's a Hot Cross Bun recipe Gala.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/hotcrossbuns_397

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Post by Gala Placidia on Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:49 am

Thanks very much, although I must cofess that I am getting quite lazy  Razz
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Post by Gala Placidia on Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:08 am

For those wishing to prepare a "Torta Pasqualina", this recipe is quite good and easy Torta Pasqualina Recipe
Years ago, I published a similar recipe in the old forum, but here are my tips:
- Use a variety of greens: chard, spinach, silverbeet, artichokes... the more, the merrier.
- Tradition dictates that we should use 13 eggs, representing Jesus and his 12 apostles, but that will make a huge "torta". On the other hand, if you use quail egg, it may be possible to fit them all in a smaller mould. You can also use pickled eggs. Less chances of having a disaster in the kitchen.

Enjoy!
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Post by Flip on Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:36 am

Thanks for the Hot X Bun recipe, but unable to get Golden Syrup here (more's the pity) and mixed spice is a nightmare to get hold of here so use a mix of Cinnamon and nutmeg.
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Post by Gala Placidia on Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:12 pm

You can always make Golden Syrup at home 
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Post by L'uomodellaluna on Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:08 pm

Don't believe you when you're feeding Mr Placidia!
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:10 pm

pas55 wrote:On another note are the food shops open Good Friday

Checked with our little local supermarket and they are open all but Sunday (normal) and Monday (for Easter)...  Very Happy

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Post by Geotherm on Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:03 pm

Going to have a roast leg of lamb on Monday. We put garlic cloves into the meat and rosemary sprigs to flavour the meat juices.
Tonight, cooking a roast chicken. Has a butter, garlic and mixed herb mix put under the skin to infuse flavour to the meat.

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Post by Gala Placidia on Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:33 pm

Do not forget the lemon! Ideal for both lamb and chicken! Some wine will also add extra flavour...
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Post by Gala Placidia on Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:34 pm

L'uomodellaluna wrote:Don't believe you when you're feeding Mr Placidia!

He prepares some great barbecues! So I don't need to do all the cooking...
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Post by Geotherm on Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:52 pm

Gala Placidia wrote:Do not forget the lemon! Ideal for both lamb and chicken! Some wine will also add extra flavour...

Yes, I do use lemon quite a lot, but normally with more middle eastern dishes, especialy Lebanese, as they tend to blend the flavours very well, due to the French influence.
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Lebanese-Chicken-1204
I also make variations, putting lemon pieces inside the cavity before roasting.
Obviously, mixing lemon with the mixture to go under the skin, would change the flavour, but this was purely to make a mixed herb/garlic flavoured dish.

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Post by Gala Placidia on Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:45 am

A little trick I use all the time. When you are roasting or barbecueing a chicken, rub it inside withcoarse salt (I use the French "Sel de Camargue" and freshly ground pepper and then make on a plate a mixture of the same salt and pepper plus any chopped herbs that you wish to use (rosemary, estragon and sage are ideal). Cut a lemon in half and rub it well with the mixture. Then stuff the chicken with the two halves. Fantastic!
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