Wednesday, April 18

Easter

I'm going to slip a few extra posts in here while you're all still snoozing and cursing me for being a slacker. We had a lovely but fairly quiet Easter. Easter Saturday/Sunday happened to be the peak of my sicko phase, so I wasn't much use to anyone. Jo spent Easter Sunday (from 6.30am!) cooking a huge hot lunch for 125 people with some of the crowd from Church which they then went on to serve to homeless people under one of the major bridges in San Antonio. It was a horribly cold and wet day so the turnout was a little lower, but I think it went really well and everyone involved had a good day. Lunch consisted of hot baked ham (the Easter tradition for lunch here), green beans, mashed potato and other yummies, as well as dyed hard boiled eggs.

Egg dying for Easter is a big thing here. Chocolate eggs are not. You can get some solid chocolate eggs but not the big eggs full of X. The tradition here is to have little plastic eggs that you pop open and fill with various types of candy, but mostly jelly beans. I guess it's a little less messy to hunt for them on a hot Easter morning than finding the slick that was Mr Rabbit... Hot cross buns are also non-existent, which means that we are STILL totally craving them. I think I'm going to have to be brave and attempt to make some, so if anyone had a foolproof recipe feel free to fling it my way.

On the night of Easter Sunday we went to our friend Lorena's house for yummy dinner. She's vego so we had an amazing meatless spread. Jo's favorite was of course the green bean casserole which we mentioned in the Thanksgiving entry. It's basically green beans, mushroom soup and crunchy fried onion bits on top but it is very tasty and Lorena makes it with a good hit of chili. My favorite were the tamales, a Mexican tradition where corn meal paste (basically polenta) is spread over a corn husk, and topped with various fillings (usually meat) but in this case black beans, then it's all wrapped up and cooked. You pop the middle out of the corn skin and it's very tasty! A must have if you make it to San Antonio. I'm thinking I should learn how to make them.

Our Easter loot... The plastic eggs were filled with jelly bellies, sugar babies, red hots and other extravaganzas of sugar...

Lorena set us up to do some egg dyeing, so I thought I'd snap the carnage!

Many an egg was dyed...

Jo's eggs

My eggs...one of them is supposed to be a dino's head... (I was tired ok!)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Jac and Jo, great to see the blog back in action - we have missed you! It is great to feel part of your big adventure. We are planning to be in the US in May-July, but unfortunately not in your part of the world. Will have to keep an eye out for cheap airfares, you never know.....
Love Rosemary.

Big A said...

Good to have you back! I have been checking the blog regularly as part of my lunchtime routine, ever hopeful.

The Great Egg Dying eh? Poor look out for chickens.

(Maybe there should be an 'e' in there?)

Jac said...

I did notice the typo, but then I kind of liked it so decided it should stay. Plus is gives you guys something to pick on other than my extreme slackness!

CupKate said...

Hurrah for colourful eggs and a return to virtual existence.. I had also checked your blog a couple of times... had to have something to do while I should be studying (like now when I have a test tomorrow - but its multiple choice so what I could study now would probably be useless anyway).

Let me know if you brave making any hot cross buns - my friend Libby makes a heap every year but I've never got further than thinking its a nice idea!