Easter all Around the World

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Blessing of Easter Food in Poland
Blessing of Easter Food in Poland

Easter is celebrated all around the world, whether it is celebrated with a big family dinner, religious parade, or hunting for Easter eggs. Different countries celebrate Easter in their own way. In this article the four countries that will be highlighted are Brazil, Russia, Egypt, and France. These four countries all celebrate Easter through games, religious activities, and food.

 

In Brazil Easter is known as Pa’scoa. The beginning of Pa’scoa celebrationstarts off with Semana Santa (Holy week). During Holy week, processionals are in full swing, banners and signs are made to celebrate Mary and the body of Jesus. During the processional, pacoca is handed out to all the visitors. Pacoca is like a candy, which is made from a mixture of crushed nuts and sugar made into a paste. On Good Friday

Paoca
Paoca

bacalhau is made and eaten. Bacalhau is dried and salted cod; this piece of fish is traditionally eaten on holidays.

Easter in Russian is celebrated in different religions but food is the main attraction.  In Russian kulich is made in celebration of Easter and is eaten 40 days after Easter. Kulich is a tall and narrow bread made from butter, eggs, candied fruit, raisins, and nuts. Kulich is usually iced on top like a cake and decorated. Usually served with kulich, paskha is a Russian cheesecake made from curd cheeses and is formed in the shape of a pyramid. Many dishes are made in Russian in celebration of Easter including beet salads, lapsha soup,ham in the dough, and dranikl (potato pancake).

(Russian Kulich)

Brazil and Russia are not the only ones that celebrate Easter, Egypt bakes up it’s own traditional Easter meals too.  In Egypt the Easter celebration begins with Sham el Nessin that is translated as “smelling of the breeze”. The Sham el Nessin celebrations run into the Easter celebration. During the celebrations certain foods are consumed such as slated fish, onions, beans, lettuce, and colored eggs. The main attraction of the celebrations is the baked breads. The baked bread that is very traditional is Armenian Choreg, which is sweet bread. Armenian Choreg has a secret ingredient and that is mahleb, which are ground sour cherry pits. This bread takes patients to make but the pay off of its sweet taste is rewarding enough.

kulich
kulich

France is the mother land of Culinary greatness, and in France Easter showcases that. In France after the child have played all the Easter egg games and have gone to church it then would be time for the Easter meal. The traditional Easter meal in France would consist of several courses, which are accompanied by wine, cheese, and dessert. The main course would be a braised, herb rubbed rack of lamb. After the main course a smaller more delicate course would be served such as a salad. Following that course, cheeses and baguettes would be shared around and then a delightful chocolate dessert. Speaking of chocolate, Easter eggs in France aren’t plastic they are chocolate made by chocolatiers and patissiers.

So as we can see Easter is celebrated all around the world just in different flavors. Brazil, Russia, Egypt, and France all celebrate Easter but some eat salted fish, tall narrow breads, sweet breads made with sour cherry pit, and make chocolate eggs. Once again we see that food can bring people together no matter what the occasion is, so get in touch with you heritage and celebrate this Easter with a traditional meal.

 

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Easter: Makowiec (Poppy Seed Roll)

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Makowiec (pronounced “Ma-KOH-viets”) isn’t, strictly speaking, a holiday bread. But it is a classic Polish dessert b3ec876a90da9bb8980edd2250434fb3_Lor tea bread that is commonly served around the holidays(commonly Easter or Christmas). It is a popular cuisine in other parts of Central Europe, Eastern Europe and in Israel.

TheFreshloaf.com-Almost all of the moisture in this dough comes from the sour cream, butter, and eggs. There is no primary fermentation: it is one rise and in the oven. This suprised me enough that I verified the recipe in 3 different Polish cookbooks. All of them used this same technique.( See Recipe at thefreshloaf.com)

Check out their amazing photography to go along with the step by recipe. 

Las Vegas: Review of Greens and Protiens Healthy Kitchen

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Greens and Protiens

I like healthy food but sometimes that thought is not like a love a first sight experience.  Though I was open minded when my friend the health nut pulled into to the driveway of restaurant, I still thought to myself, “It figures.”  However, what I didn’t figure or expect was such a interesting array of choices on the menu.

Kevin ordering

Go to their website and Greens and Protiens with boast of being  a modern, family friendly café offering all your favorite foods with a healthy twist. Sandwiches/Wraps, Pizzas, Burgers, Vegan, Raw and Vegetarian-Friendly meals, Smoothies/Juice Bar, and a full HCG diet menu.  Now the smoothies are kind of expensive but they pack them various ingredients.

Homemade turkey sausage, egg white and tofu fries.
Homemade turkey sausage, egg white and tofu fries.

I ordered the homemade turkey meatballs with egg whites and tofus fries.  It was great.  The sausage tasted light not heavy.  The egg whites perfectly fluffy.  And the tofu fries were the unexpected star with a hint of spice.    Look for light protiens like Bison and ostrich on the menu.   My friend order the cashew chicken salad which is mock chicken salad in a butter lettuce leaf cup topped with Alfafa sprouts and tomatoes and side of divine raw cashew cheese.

Cashew chicken salad
Cashew chicken salad

You won’t find this restaurant on the strip.  It is more of a spot for fit and health conscience locals.

Where: 8975 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89123

Telephone: (702) 541-780

Semana Santa in Latin America

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One of the most important religious celebrations in Latin America is Holy Week, known as Semana Santa. The celebrations begin on Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) and continues through Good Thursday (Jueves Santo), Good Friday (Viernes Santo), and finally Easter Sunday (Pascua or Domingo de Resurrección).

Many activities occur throughout the week such as processions, religious ceremonies and public festivities. In many communities, the full Passion Play is enacted from the Last Supper, the Betrayal, the Judgment, the Procession of the 12 Stations of the Cross, the Crucifixion and, finally, the Resurrection. Those that participate are in full costume.

Many cities such as Ayacucho in Peru and Ouro Breto in Brazil are well known for their Seman Santa celebrations.  In Venezuela, the religious observances appear to be secondary to the holiday spirit, as people flock to the beaches for fun. However, there are still many processions and the re-enactments of the Last Days.

Easter: Babka Recipe

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Wikipedia-Eastern and Central European babka, especially among Christians, is a spongy, brioche-like yeast cake that is traditionally baked for Easter Sunday. The cake is traditional in the lands of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, namely Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Western Russia , as well as among the Rusyns (Ruthenians) in northeastern Hungary and all over Romania, where it is called “colac”. Darra Goldstein, professor of Russian at Williams College says “babka comes from baba, a very tall, delicate yet rich yeast-risen cake eaten in Western Russia and Eastern Poland.”Traditional babka has some type of fruit filling, especially raisins, and is glazed with a fruit-flavored icing, sometimes with rum added. Modern babka may be chocolate or have a cheese filling.

Babka

 

Ingredients

1-1/4 cups margarine, softened
2 cups milk
2 (.25 ounce) packages active
���dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110
���degrees F/45 degrees C)
5 eggs
4 egg yolks
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange liqueur (optional)
3 tablespoons grated orange zest
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
10 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups currants
1-1/2 cups raisins
1-1/2 cups golden raisins
1 cup chopped blanched
���slivered almonds
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour

See Directions at polishrecipes.com

*There also exists a traditional Eastern European Jewish variety prepared during Passover in lieu of bread. Generally, this sort is not sweet and is prepared using crushed matzos with water, egg, and salt. Some Polish Jews refer to pancakes with these ingredients as bubbeleh, a name similar to babka.

26th ANNUAL VINTAGE BOUQUET FOOD & WINE EVENT HOSTED BY BEVERLY HILLS BAR

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Sipping wine with lawyers certainly adds a twist to the term “bar association!”
Would you consider running an item on the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s 26th Annual Vintage Bouquet food and wine event on April 27, noon – 4 pm, at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills?  There are some significant wineries and restaurants that are participating.
Photo by Multiculturalcookingnetwork
Grounds of Greystone Mansion Photo by Multiculturalcookingnetwork
The Beverly Hills Bar Association’s popular Vintage Bouquet – which has been serving up tastes of amazing wines, spirits and food to raise money for community based pro bono legal service programs for more than a quarter century – continues the tradition with the 26th annual event, on Sunday, April 27, 2014, from noon to 4 pm, at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.   Delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by many of Los Angeles’ best restaurants and chefs are paired with tastings from California’s top wineries, spirit and beverage companies.  The event also features live and silent auctions, exceptional musical entertainment and a VIP Cocktail and Martini Lounge.  Proceeds benefit the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation’s pro bono legal services, including free monthly legal clinics, programs for elementary school students to teach them about tolerance, feeding the homeless at Samoshel, and much more.
 
Wineries and beverage companies pouring include Stella Artois, Ahnfeldt Wines, Asahi Shuzo, Beekeeper Cellars, Bernardus Winery, Beverly Hills Drink Company, Cielo Farms, Ferrari-Carano Vineyard & Winery, Heitz Wine Cellars, Knights Bridge Winery, Hubert’s Lemonade, Landmark Vineyards, Lewelling Vineyards, Miner Family Winery, Moreno BHLV, Peju, Priest Ranch & Somerston Estate, Quady Winery, Stella Artois, Sunstone Vineyard & Farms, Tudal Family Winery – Napa Valley and Wicker Vineyards.
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Among the many restaurants providing sweet and savory tastings are Bistrot Bagatelle, Brix Chocolate, Café Firenze, CHAYA Catering, Celebrity Cruises, Dandy Don’s HomeMade Ice Cream, Goldie’s, Il Fornaio – Beverly Hills, Lexington Social House, Napa Valley Grille, Nuovoterra Products, Phorage,  Ruth’s Chris and many more.
WHERE:
Greystone Mansion
905 Loma Vista Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

TICKET PRICES:
$150 in advance; $175 per person at the door;

$225 VIP tickets (include entree to VIP Cocktail and Martini Lounge)

TICKETS/INFORMATION:
(
818) 610-0300

Las Vegas: Review of Leticia’s Mexican Cocina

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Dave

You are not going to find this spot on the strip.  It is not even in downtown Las Vegas. Instead  think of taking a 20 minute trip to North West Vegas to Leticia’s Mexican Cocina.  What you find is some of the best Mexican food this side of the border.  I have been privy to test some to the Mexican food in Los Angeles and Leticia’s rivals all of them.  I went with Dave Miller of Dave Miller’s Mexico Blog and his wife.  As a person who lives half of the year in Mexico, I asked him to select something authentic and that don’t see everyday on Mexican menus in the states.  He recommend the Molcajeted.  There was not one flat note of flavor.  In fact there was residual zing of flavor.  My dish was mixed grill of carne asada, nopales, chicken, shrimp, jalapenos, and chorizo sausage is served in a heated molcajete with Oaxacan queso fresco. Now visually Dave did mention he thought it would be more spectacular and there was an absence of green onion.  Nevertheless, he tasted it as well and thought it was phenomenal.  My beverage of choice for the evening, white sangria.  I enjoyed it but next time I would say easy on the ice of no ice. 

Molcajete
Molcajete

Dave ordered the tacos Pastor.  He thought they were great and his wife ordered the salsa verde and salsa roja tamales which she enjoyed.  Now to quote Dave, ” The tequilla list was awesome. If you want tequila, this is the place.”   His description of the tacos Pastor, “… the pineapple in the tacos pastor and carnitas were literally perfect, best I’ve had outside of Guadalajara.  The guac was the only so so thing to me.”  Before dinner was served there was complimentary chips, salsa and fabulous bean dip.

Where:  7585 Norman Rockwell LN Las Vegas, Nevada 89143

Phone (702) 445-7722
Email Leticia@LeticiasCocina.com
Website http://www.LeticiasCocina.com