Lazarakia (λαζαράκια), meaning little Lazarus, are sweet, spicy small bread that are handmade on Lazarus Saturday, one week before the Greek Orthodox Easter. They represent the miracle of Jesus raising his friend Lazarus from the dead, after four days in the tomb. They are shaped like boys with crossed arms on their chest. Also their bodies seem to be wrapped in burial clothes.
Autumn is about new flavors in our kitchen. Our favorite fruits of this season are figs. Figs are ready to be eaten when they are soft in touch. Figs perish quickly, so the sooner you use them the better. Some people do not peel the before they eat them but we choose to peel them. Figs go well with nuts, blue cheese and prosciutto. Here is the recipe we used to make a delicious fig jam.
Sarakosti (The Great Lent is a Christian Orthodox tradition. It’s a 50 day period of fasting, during which people do not eat all meat & animal products(eggs, dairy) except seafood (however fish isn’t allowed). This is actually a traditional Greek version of a vegetarian diet, that’s also followed before Christmas, before the Dormition of the Mother of God in August and every Wednesday & Friday. Taramasalata (taramosalata) is one of the most popular dips that Greeks eat during that period.
Christopsomo (Χριστόψωμο), Christ’s bread is a very old Orthodox tradition. In most Greek Orthodox homes, the bread is made on the 24th of December with high quality ingredients and a lot of care. It is usually round in form with decorations on top. In the old times, people would fast until the morning church service on Christmas day and would eat this bread as their dinner just with olives and red wine.
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- 1 cup Greek Yogurt
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- In a saucepan, combine the cream, the milk and half of the sugar and simmer, stirring continuously until sugar dissolves.
- In a bowl, whisk the yolks and the remaining sugar, until blended.
- Add the saucepan mixture to the bowl mixture and whisk until blended.
- Bring the mixture to the saucepan and stir continuously over low heat for about 3-4 minutes. Do not boil!!
- Strain the mixture over a medium size bowl.
- Place the bowl with the mixture in a larger bowl half filled with iced water. Whisk for 5 minutes until mixture is cool.
- Remove the bowl with mixture from the larger bowl filled with water and whisk yogurt and a pinch of salt.
- Transfer the final mixture to an ice cream maker. Alternatively, place the mixture in a big bowl covered on top, and stir it every half an hour until frozen.
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Tip: To enhance the flavour, add some nuts and Greek honey on top, or some authentic Greek spoon sweet.