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We are not exactly religious people, so Easter is one of those holidays that we don’t necessarily celebrate. Of course, now that we have a baby, we are going to start celebrating it, but not in a religious sense; we’re looking forward to hiding eggs and sending our son on an egg hunt!
In Sweden Easter in celebrated on the eve; the Easter meal is on Saturday evening. I was shocked at this, since the holiday is actually Easter Sunday, but my (very Swedish) husband explained to me that in the old days, people used to go to church on Sunday and pretty much spend all day there, so they celebrated the holiday at home the day before (much like Christmas).
I know we live in Sweden and so we should follow suit, but I really dislike celebrating Easter Sunday on Saturday! So we decided to celebrate it on Sunday instead, especially since we don’t go to church. With that said, we had a guest over Saturday night, so this year we ended up having celebrating it on the eve anyway!!!
In Brazil the traditional Easter meal consists of a very typical cod dish: bacalhau. I’m not fond of cod, and I’ve never really enjoyed this dish. In Sweden the traditional Easter meal is Lamb, which I don’t eat! My father, however, always serves lasagna (2 different kinds: a meat and a veggie one) for our Easter meals, so I decided to keep up his tradition and made a chicken lasagna.
It’s a recipe I’ve had for a while and have only made a couple of times before. I change some ingredients every time I make it though, either because I don’t have something at home or because I think something else will taste better, but this time I used white whine in the sauce (I’ve previously used chicken broth and apple cider vinegar) and I think that it is probably the best choice of ingredient!
For dessert I made a very popular Brazilian dessert: pavê. I’m not sure if there’s an English equivalent is for the name, but it’s pretty much a layered dessert, with a layer of cookies such as maria cookies, a layer of white cream, made with condensed milk, and a layer of chocolate or other flavor of choice (can be fruit too, berries work well).
I made a chocolate and coconut “pavê”, and though it was very sweet, it was also delicious! I followed a recipe from Chef TV’s website, click here to view the recipe.
Needless to say, there’s not much of it left! I ate it with some fresh raspberries and found it heavenly, but Robert (my husband) thought it was just fine on its own, and our guest enjoyed it with vanilla ice-cream.
I will post the recipes individually later!
There are many benefits to living in Sweden, and one of them is “Fettisdagen”: Fat Tuesday, a day to fatten up before Lent begins. Traditionally it is celebrated with a semla, a sweet bun carved and filled with almond paste, whipped cream and topped with powdered sugar.
This is my third Fettisdagen in Sweden, and I decided to take on the challenge and bake it myself. There is a catch to baking these yourself though, and whether it’s a pro or con depends on how you look at it: I can’t bake just 2! I did find a recipe that makes 10 (and also found a recipe that made 40!). Once the dough had risen I decided to make 9 rolls, with one being a double (slightly bigger, hehehe).
I couldn’t bring myself to put in as much cream as the bakeries and shops do, but it was tasty and fatty anyway, and we have already eaten a few … and I don’t suppose the rest will last very long!!
Here’s the recipe I used: