Tiramisù

A classic Cerines dessert. Servings: 16 There are many pretenders but there is only one: this is the tiramisù recipe that beats all others. I first learned to make this with zia Mariangela when I was a 17 year-old in Trento, Italy. Back in the States, I started making it…

Roast Leg of Lamb

Lamb is a traditional dish enjoyed on Easter Sunday here in the Mediterranean, and it all depends on where you find yourself and how it’s cooked in different ways: Souvla is bone-in, fist-sized chunks grilled over wood coals here in Cyprus; Ovelia is a whole lamb prepared over an open…

Not just plain-old Easter Eggs: Making pysanky

When I was a kid, my grandmother—the queen of crafting—introduced me to the art of pysanky Basically, you apply beeswax to the egg with a stylus nib in geometric patterns. The magic comes from dipping the egg in colors starting from light to dark, making designs on top of each…

Easter traditions: Good Friday

Just as we are done with making flaounes, we’re off to see the epitaphia— a representation of Jesus’ coffin covered in fresh flowers, displayed in each church across the island. You may not be religious (in fact, even many in a country as religious as Cyprus, there are those who…

Palm Sunday Seaside Picnic

With the Eastern Orthodox and Western Easters falling on the same day this year, we have to rethink how to observe and celebrate each one independently of each other. Last year they were five weeks apart and we decided to rethink our traditional Easter brunch, opting for  a seaside picnic,…