Have you ever found yourself surrounded by family and thinking “How did I get so lucky”? Well, I did this weekend, and after I got home from our Easter lunch on Sunday and started going through the photos it really hit me. Not only is my family full of some of the kindest, weirdest & funniest people I’ve ever met, but they match my kind/weird/funny perfectly. I wanted to share some photos (taken with my new camera!) from the day to re-launch the Dear Diary section of the blog again, and just to show off how amazing and gorgeous my family is.
We started off with a lovely cheese board stocked with goodies from the Plaza Deli. Meri, the owner of Plaza, is an absolute genius when it comes to food, especially grazing platters. If you haven’t tried one yet, you haven’t lived.
The cheese board included a $110 per kilo French triple cream brie which, if you love cheese as much as I do, is to die for. Literally, I would fight someone to get to it.
My cousin DJ hosted this year, and he really spoilt us all. Just to clarify, his name is DJ, but he isn’t a DJ. Not that I’m saying he couldn’t! You can do anything you put your mind to really.
Meri’s schnitzels were next level. And yes, I realise that should like an innuendo. She used Panko instead of bread crumbs/flour, and this coupled with pecorino cheese in the batter created the best schnitzels I have ever had, by far.
DJ slow cooked the lamb for 8 hours (starting at midnight – now that’s dedication to meat!), and it was amazing. This was coupled with borscht, vareniki with butter & fried onion, schnitzel, golden baked potatoes & salad.
It was also coupled with my charming brother pulling faces at every opportunity. When I told Dad, he didn’t stop my brother… He just laughed then encouraged him! Weirdos.
Although our family isn’t religious our background is Ukrainian Orthodox, meaning that Easter time is a big deal for us. Since my grandma (we called her ‘Bunya’) passed away a few years ago our Easter celebrations have definitely become less extravagant, but one thing always stays (apart from way too much food); Egg cracking! I think it’s called ‘chockamia’ (but we don’t use the term), and we get very competitive about it. Everyone chooses a dyed hard-boiled egg and then challenges others. You have to hit the pointy end of your egg to someone else’s eggs point end, then flat side to someone else’s eggs flat side. If both of your eggs’ ends crack, you’re out, but if you’re the last player with an egg end uncracked, you win!
After lunch we went outside with some cake, sweets & coffee, and just chatted for hours.