Every year on Christmas and Easter, it's the same thing. The family gets together, we're making Lamb, either a roast or kabobs, Tsoureki and Baklava. It's something we all look forward to and have done all my life! I'm also Irish and do the Corned Beef and Cabbage every St. Paddy's Day but for now we'll focus on the Greek side of things.
I asked Jacqui if she could carve out some time to document these family traditions for us during Christmastime with my sisters and nieces. I've always wanted documentary photos, not only so I am in some, but having portraits just isn't the same. We're not faking it. I'm in my everyday clothes (which happens to be sweats and a t-shirt), the kids are sitting on tables and counters, we're mixing dough on the floor, my kitchen isn't finished (still being remodeled), nothing about this is perfected..yet somehow it's still perfect!
We started out making Tsoureki, which is Greek bread and absolutely delicious. This recipe has been passed down through the generations, and what's funny is I have it written down, yet I have to call my grandmother every time we make it because the "directions" aren't really accurate. It's like a secret code or something.. "Where it says 1 cup of lukewarm water and 2 cups of milk, do 3 cups of milk" and there's an ingredient that is a MUST that isn't even listed on there and when I ask her how much.. "just a little bit". It's like if anyone finds this recipe, no one will understand it but us..haha! So anyway, we had all the kids helping and there's a saying in my family, "too many Chiefs, not enough Indians". Our bread didn't rise and Grandma says there were too many hands in the pot. :( I think it was more about everyone having a turn for the pictures anyway (silver lining). :)
Next up was Baklava and OMG is it the BEST! There's no recipe for this except for what's in our heads and let me tell you, no matter how many times I buy it already baked at the Greek Fest or otherwise, it's NEVER as good as this. This never lasts longer than a day in our house. I mean, we're eating off the baking sheet faster than we can get a plate let alone let them cool. Savages!
What kind of traditions do you have? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!