As a rotten kid I would gloat when Easter and Greek Easter were on different Sundays, because then I got more chocolate. Even on a solemn, religious holiday and all I could think about was food. Nothing's changed.
So my big, wonderful, loud, crazy extended family gathered this past weekend to be together, laugh, love, drink and eat too much. We always start with about two hours of appetizers, this year featuring Humbolt Fog cheese (creamy, delightful), wild caught U.S. shrimp from the Korean market (jumbos, with cocktail sauce), taramasolata from somewhere near Pleasantville (whipped and light, not too salty), and more. I tried not to overdo it, but, of course, I did.
|At top, eggplant, taramasalata and hummus. Below - a lovely selection of cheeses, shrimp, nuts and salami.|
|Loukaniko sausages - made with lamb and pork - amazing|
|This is just one tray of the lamb|
|The fire went out. It was an emergency so we called the Fire Chief to start it up again.|
|This is an action shot. Beer nicely controlled the flames. Really.|
|A feast!!! Lamb not shown for some reason...|
Time for dessert - sesame cookies, baklava, fruit salad, and even "extra dessert" - one wonderful cuz had his 50th birthday. That's a Napolean cake - the entire thing. Amazing. I skipped the fruit....
|Happy birthday, Cuz!!!|
|This is not a selfie|
Zena, Goddess of Fire
|Everyone is smiling, even Cooper the dog, who kept the carpet clean of crumbs|