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Alleluia - He is risen! He is risen indeed - Alleluia!

 

Yukiko hosted eighteen (and a half) family members for Easter dinner. We couldn't agree on the meat, so we had both ham and lamb. There were both kinds of mint sauce and multiple mustards. For dessert, I made my first trifle. Grandma J helped with the booze sprinkling part. Elizabeth made the cake part by herself - I only got out ingredients and put it into the oven. Aside from the meat and dessert, we tend to have the same dishes at our family holiday meals. So salad, homemade rolls, Karen's famous potatoes, green beans oriental, sweet potato all made their expected appearance. Indeed, why mess with tradition?



   



Godmother Rachel invited Elizabeth to hunt Easter eggs with her in the woods. (But first we had to hike nearly a kilometre into the woods to find them!) I've never hunted for eggs in the snow before,.

 

It was quite magical - the gloriously beautiful day, warm weather (+11C) and pretty deep snow littered with plastic eggs EVERYWHERE. I was quite amused by the few that Easter Bunny had managed to get into trees. The hunters worked together, standing on each other's shoulders to get one of the higher eggs. I have no idea how they managed to get the eggs up there in the first place!

 

I was glad Grandma H came along to carry Matthew. Elizabeth was a bit wary of Rachel's two dogs even though they were obviously only interested in those humans who were willing to play.



   



Erika and Maria came over to help us decorate eggs after church on Good Friday. As usual, we used Ukrainian wax techniques and natural dyes. We had 19 eggs to decorate this year!

 

The girls still used food colouring as I figured they weren't quite up to handling fire and wax. Erika promptly proved me wrong as she quite competently used both for her third egg. She's clearly ready to ditch the food colouring next year - I guess we should get some more wax pens! Elizabeth and Maria less so, but both enjoyed helping Auntie Janice write names on the eggs they decorated. Erika's food colouring decorating technique also got a lot more sophisticated this year - she painstakingly painted a striped pattern on one egg and splatter-painted the other. Quite a switch from the haphazard brush strokes from last year!

 

In addition to the coloured eggs, we also made resurrection rolls and my version of tea eggs again. The best part about making tea eggs is that you actually WANT to crack the shell. Elizabeth particularly enjoyed that!

 

My recipe for tea eggs:

1/4 - 1/2 c of gluten free soy sauce

1 tsp cinnamon

2 Tbsp loose leaf black tea

1 tsp black peppercorns

Original recipe also calls for 2 anise star pods, 1 Tbsp Eleuthero root and 1 tsp of licorice root. I added three black jellybeans instead last year but that's about as close as I got... 

 

Boil eggs for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and rinse in cold water.

Gently crack eggshells with back of spoon (this makes the pattern)

Place cracked eggs in pot. Cover with water and add other ingredients.

Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for at least 40 minutes. Eggs should always be at least partially submerged, so add water if necessary.

 

Original recipe suggests placing in refrigerator overnight, but we are always too impatient and ate them immediately.



   



This is deceptively complicated looking, but it's actually just two german-pancaked french braids pinned in a circle. Clever Auntie Janice :)


   



Friend of the family Shirley dropped by with handmade knitted hats for Elizabeth, Matthew and Xander. Last time she visited us Elizabeth was just a baby!


   

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