Today is Easter Sunday in Greece! Athens is a ghost town during Easter because whenever possible, Greeks return to their Island or to their Village for this biggest holiday of the year! We had the pleasure of spending two Easters on the nearby island of Poros to enjoy the holiday with our friend Dina and her large family.
From the candle light processions around the village and to the church on Saturday night, followed by the traditional midnight meal of a soup called magirtisa to prepare the stomach for the Easter feast, it is quite an event!
By mid day on Sunday the cooking is well underway and finally in mid afternoon it is time for dinner! Spanakopita, tyro pita (cheese pie), traditional mezes of tzatziki, melitsanosalada (eggplant), tyrokefteri (spicy cheese dip) and taramasalata (fish roe dip). Greek tomato and feta cheese of course. Maybe some keftedakia (meat balls), gigantes (large beans in tomato sauce), dolmas, and the Greek sausage known as loukaniko. And finally the roast lamb or goat with oven roasted potatoes, and horta!
Take a look at some of these delicious dishes here:
All of this will be enjoyed with Greek red and white wines, and thee are many good Greek wines, as well as ouzo and raki.
As you can imagine this is a long slow meal to be enjoyed along with the fine company of family and friends!