I was invited to a Syrian Easter get together so that I could take photos for the family. While our regular Easter was a month ago, the Jewish Passover ended at the end of April and the Syrian / Greek Orthodox Easter was on Sunday, May 1st.
While I won’t show this family’s pictures for privacy’s sake, my son and DIL and their children were there and between them and the food you can get an idea :) First of all thunderstorms were predicted for the day but held off until evening, so the weather was just perfect…it went up to about 72 degrees.
The gathering was held at the home of the 93 year old grandmother. This is a very close knit family who work together to keep her in her home and to uphold traditions. She was beautiful and radiant…who would not be with such love surrounding her.
There was an Easter egg hunt for the many children that were there. Here is one of my grands enjoying that prior to dinner time.
And another one opening the eggs to find the candy within to take home …
The food to feed the large crowd was amazing. Salad, home made Syrian bread, homemade sandwich buns, chicken logs with cornflake breading as well as roasted chicken, ham, green beans in a tomato based sauce, potato salad, chicken & rice, stuffed wild grape leaves and kibbeh. While I expected the grape leaves I was not sure what the kibbeh was. It was delicious, though. They are made of cracked wheat, minced beef, pine nuts, and a variety of spices.
There was a table in the living room holding many trays of Syrian and Greek pastries and cookies, and later on the pies and strawberry pretzel jello salad dessert came out as well. Yes I indulged! :)
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