Easter Recipe You Should Prepare

The month is almost over and EASTER is due!

Oh yes!

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What do you usually do on Easter week and weekend?
Share those in the comments. I’d love to read them

Over the years, I’ve posted Easter recipes including traditional ones that my family prepares EVERY YEAR…

YES. KAAK ASFAR

If you are looking for that recipe and other things to prepare this week for this holiday, I will make your lives easier. Follow the list below to help you plan some Easter gatherings recipes, some traditional Easter recipes, and some fun Easter-inspired ones.


Special Easter Recipes

Maamoul: stuffed Easter cookies

Easter is not the same without Maamoul. These semolina butter cookies are heaven in a bite. Choose your filling; date, pistachio, or walnuts.

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Kaak Asfar (Palestinian Yellow Easter Bread)

Maamoul and Kaak Asfar are Easter staple for my family. It never an Easter breakfast without Kaak Asfar with labneh and the colored eggs, followed by Maamoul and coffee.

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Kaak Asfar – Palestinian Easter Bread


Naturally Colored Easter Eggs

The third MUST-HAVE for my family’s Easter table. We get the blessed eggs from Easter Mass at dawn and compete on who has the strongest egg by having a one-on-one egg-cracking contest. Watch out for the family member who is very watchful over his egg, it might be a fake 😉

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Hot Cross Buns

I’ve been a follower of Jamie Oliver’s magazine and his shows. I’ve used one of his recipes to make these with a few changes to suit what I have at home, first, and suit the flavors I want. These Hot Cross Buns are nice pillowy bread buns flavored with great spices, ginger, and sweet dried fruits. Brush the top with honey for a beautiful glossy glaze and cover the sliced halves with a generous spread of butter. Try it and let’s see what you think

The ones pictured here, as I remember, over-proofed and looked a bit weird and tasted yeasty. But that didn’t stop me from sharing


Hot Cross Muffins

A twist on the hot cross buns, also adapted from Jamie Oliver. As I was writing this, a video was released on his channel of Chocolate hot cross buns with melting chocolate inside! Possibilities are endless with these sweet spicy buns


Bourbon Easter Egg Cookie Truffles

Sneak in some booze into your Easter – because why not! – tradition by making these cookie balls with two shot of bourbon. Dress them up for the occasion


Pastel Decorated Chocolate Bark

If you’re not into fancy sweets or you don’t have much time, this is yours. Just melt the chocolate, bring its temperature down a bit and pour it over a baking sheet AND DRESS IT AS CRAZY AS YOU WANT. Break it apart or let your friends take pleasure in the task


EASTER LUNCH INSPIRATION

Coriander Rub Roast Chicken with Trimmings

This is making its way into my family’s Easter lunch tradition, in case we have the stomach capacity after a food-loaded breakfast. Serve it with a zesty salad with ginger and garlic


Marjoram and Pine Cone Roast Chicken

The epitome of spring in a roast recipe. Grab the fresh herbs and grind them into a paste and rub it onto chicken with loads of olive oil and butter. The vegetables at the bottom will roast and crisp up from the fat dripping down from the chicken. Grab the pine cones from the forest, wash them and add them to the tray for an added aroma of pine and wood

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Chicken Breasts in Tomato Sauce

This is one of my favorite easy chicken dishes. Marinate. Grill. Mix. Bake. Serve.
It should be ready in less than an hour


Coriander and Garlic Roasted Vegetables

Serve the above chicken with roasted vegetables with coriander and garlic. For me, roasted vegetables can pass as a main dish if well prepared and paired with something grains or pulses maybe.


Lebanese Roasted Vegetables with Grains and Greens

Speaking of which, roasted vegetables, with quinoa, chickpeas, lentils, or anything. I’m sold! Hold the meat. I’m happily having a salad


Goat Cheese Marinara Cups

A warm entree with delicious flavors and textures. It’s easy, quick and delicious. So what more do you want?


Roasted Strawberries with Labneh Cheesecake Cream

If you’re not making any of the sweets above, use the seasonal strawberries and prepare this fresh dessert. It tastes like a sundae, only BETTER


Whatever you decide to prepare, the most important part is to celebrate the holiday (whether you’re a believer or not) and the family gathering and the delicious food.

Have a blessed week

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Zalabye; Fried Dough for Epiphany

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Some serious social media suicidal thoughts were spinning around my head.

I have neglected my social media accounts to a point that they might have died. I tried reviving my Instagram account. But still, I have reached a point where I do activities that I don’t want to share online. I meet people and rather not post a photo of us together.
Is this growth? Is this growing weary of social media? Is it social media suicide?

It is equivalent to leaving the big city and escaping to the mountains and seeing no one, sitting in between of beautiful high trees and waking up to the sound of roosters calling the sun to climb up from its slumber. It isn’t that bad if you think about it.

But for someone who is making a living from being online, sharing stuff online, and getting work from doing work and sharing it on the worldwide web… THIS IS SUICIDE!

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Jamie Oliver’s Hot Cross Buns

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Happy Easter to those who celebrated Easter this past week.

Eventhough I am not a full time employee this year, but I enjoye celebrating both holidays. I am a Greek Catholic, and our holiday was last month. I like the traditions I grew up to especially when I was a devout church boy and the leader of our church choir. I love the chants from Good Friday; sad, melancholic, and glorious at the same time. I attended both celebrations. Can’t get more Easter-y than this 😋 Continue reading

Lebanese Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa, Amaranth, and Mixed Greens

We have a saying in arabic that literally translate to
“The splendor is for the rice and the burghul hanged himself”

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Malateet (Palestinian Vegan Anise Cookies)

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Mom and I cooked for a Palestinian brunch for a second time and we served another bunch of happy customers. There’s nothing more pleasing than people with happy faces after sharing a wonderful meal that is filling, healthy (sort of) and flavorful.

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