So I know you’re probably all done with Easter, but over here we’re not! Let me tell you a bit about what a typical Greek Orthodox Easter weekend looks like…
Spit-roasted lamb, but also goat, take centre stage, with whole villages and towns spit-roasting hundreds of lambs on every street, and then sharing the meat with visitors and locals. It’s a great festivity with everyone coming together and celebrating joyously! We’ll be chowing down on meat and tsoureki (a delicious Easter sweet bread) until the early hours of the morning, and playing Tsourgrisma (pronounced TSOO-grees-mah, a traditional game played at Easter using red-dyed eggs).
At Hungry Donkey this weekend, we have an Easter special on so you get to spend more time celebrating rather than cooking! You can expect slow-cooked kid goat with garlic dauphinoise potatoes & balsamic glazed chargrilled chicory ?
Now, I should really run you through how we play Tsourgrisma just so you know:
- Each player selects a red egg and finds an opponent. (Choose wisely!)
- One person has to say, “Chistos Anesti” (Christ has risen)… The other replies, “Alithos Anesti” (Indeed He has risen).
- The person who said “Christos Anesti” taps the end of his or her egg lightly against the end of the opponent’s egg. (The goal is to crack the opponent’s egg.)
- When one end is cracked, the winner uses the same end of her or his egg to try to crack the other end of the opponent’s egg.
- The player who successfully cracks the eggs of the other players is declared the winner! It is said the winner will have good luck for the year!
If you’re still not sure about how it all works, here is a snippet from that film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Even if you’re not used to celebrating a Greek Easter, come on in and experience it with us this weekend 7th/8th April. We can show you how it’s done! It may be a little busier than usual, so make a booking, call 020 7392 9649 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Love from yours truly,
Hungry Donkey x