My friends, I am sad to report that late Easter night, Mr. Chocolate Almond Bunny lost his head. He put up a good fight, but my strength cannot be matched and I ultimately pried him from his cute little package and did some damage.
My mom reminded me today that when I was a little girl she would find melted/moldy chocolate bunnies stowed away in drawers in my room months after Easter. I would eat all of the other candy but these bunnies looked like art work. They were simply TOO cute to eat so I would tuck them away and “save” them. My how times have changed. I was so full from a day of eating, but this little guy was taunting me. A hunk of Milk Chocolate with Roasted Almond Bunny Head = the perfect way to end Easter Sunday. Easter just wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t enjoy some of my basket!
After breakfast I helped my mom with her baking and assembled some beautiful Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Green Shredded Coconut and Jordan Almonds. It was such a mess, and there was frosting EVERYWHERE but they turned out to be really pretty. Thank you Betty Crocker for making baking so easy!We went to my cousin’s house around 2:30 for a late lunch/early dinner. (I never know what to make of strange eating times…I usually always have my three meals anyways). My aunt usually has a Russian Easter spread for her two adopted sons. It is a really nice way to commemorate their traditions through food. She had: Borscht, Beef Stroganoff, Dilled Scalloped potatoes, a plate of cucumber, tomato, carrots and black olives, hard-boiled eggs, Easter Bread and Kelbasia. My mom also brought over Chicken Kiev. I love beets, and I’ve never had borscht so I thought I would give that a try. It was a mixture of beets, beef, potatoes, cabbage, tomato, celery and onions. I have to say I liked it! I had it with a glass of Shiraz and a side of Easter Bread, dilled scalloped potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, olives and a few pieces of Kelbasia (not on plate but you can see them across from me in the picture…I also snagged some of those M&Ms).The dessert table included: Cheese Cake, Chocolate Cream Pie, Lemon Cake, Cupcakes, Carrot Cake Muffins and Frosted Sugar Cookies. So many desserts for just 9 people! I had a piece of lemon cake with a lemon-pudding frosting, which was really simple, light and refreshing. I also had a bite of one of my mom’s decorated sugar cookies.
A few hours later it was DINNER time. I decided that I could not consider my 3pm-5pm meal dinner, so I warmed a piece of my mom’s Chicken Kiev in the oven and placed it on top of a big ‘ole salad made up of spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, Roma tomato, carrot, Parmesan cheese and honey-dijon dressing.After I had a gloriously red and juice Empire Apple and then went to town on said Mr. Chocolate Almond Bunny.
I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend, and lots of good eats!!
To Another Week,
Have you ever been to cultural meal other than your own?
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