Recipes for Easter
Egg and Lemon Soup
Roast Lamb with Pasta
Rose Petal Ice Cream
Our menu of the month features recipes for Easter that are simple and quick to prepare, though in this case there are a couple of tricks you should know. Get everything together for the soup but make it at the last moment before serving. The roast lamb will taste much better if you let it rest when you take it out of the oven, so there’s no need for stress and for dessert, well in the UK we eat chocolate eggs. I haven’t found lare chocolate eggs to be easy to find here, but there’s certainly a great supply of chocolate bunnies and carrots. If you want something for dessert that seems just as good to adults and children, ice cream is an excellent choice. If you’re looking for something different but really easy, I;d recommend the rose petal ice cream from our Valentines Menu.
Recipes for Easter
Greek Egg and Lemon Soup
I couldn’t help notice that my husband was always a little miserable at Easter and eventually I found out why: he missed the foods he was used to from childhood. It look me quite a while to learn to make this one, the plus side is your don’t need many ingredients, the down side is that you really need to stir (or use an electric whisk)
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1/4 cup uncooked rice (or orzo pasta is quicker and you need it for the main course)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 eggs
- 3 tbs lemon juice
It’s not precision you want from this soup, each time Ive had it it’s been slightly different, so experiment with quantities and come up with your own version. The idea is to cook the rice or pasta until it’s just done. Whisk the egg and lemon juice together and add them to the rest. This is the tricky part. If the chicken stock and is too hot, the eggs can curdle, so I take the pot off the heat before I add the eggs and I use a hand electric whisk to make sure the eggs and the stock are blended properly.
Don’t forget the salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped parsley and a slice of lemon.
This is soup is perfect as a lunch, I like to buy a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket and while I use most of it for something else, I add bits and pieces of the cooked chicken to my soup, add a bit more rice and it’s a tasty, filling meal all on its own.
Roast Lamb With Pasta
This is a particularly good way to cook lamb and make use of all the wonderful juices produced by the meat. By cooking a little more slowly, by adding cooked orzo pasta to the pan, the juices are absorbed by the pasta and the result is just heavenly. You can cook this with garlic and herbs, or you can smother the lamb with honey and add lemon juice.
1 Leg of Lamb
2 1/2 cups of Orzo pasta
1 can ripe tomatoes
Garlic and herbs OR lemon and honey
Preheat the oven to 425F – about 220C
Put some olive oil in a tray and add the lamb studded with herbs and garlic Or lemon and honey. Cook for about ten minutes then add the tomatoes and roast for another thirty minutes. Stir the tomatoes and roast for another twenty minutes or so.
Cook the pasta in boiling salted water and add to the pan with the roast lamb. Pour over about 1 and 1/4 cups of boiling water (over the pasta, not the lamb) then reduce the oven temperature (to around 375 or 190C) and continue to cook until the lamb is done, another hour or so. You’ll need to stir the past and turn the lamb at least once.
Take the lamb out and let it rest, this is a good point the cook the soup and start your meal. When ready to serve the lamb stir it up and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
If you really want to eat this Greek Style, try eating it with a sweet red wine, it’s an unusual combination of flavors but very enjoyable.
Rose Petal Ice Cream
Rose Petal Ice cream is easy to make from Rose Syrup – available from amazon – and vanilla ice cream. Just let the ice cream soften a little and add the syrup to taste, stirring thoroughly. You can also add crushed edible rose petals if you like (I don’t care for the texture) then simple serve in a pretty glass dishes and garnish with edible rose petals or crystalized flowers.
For a slightly different version of Greek Lamb with pasta, please take a look at this video where the lamb is cooked with spaghetti. Not quite the same but equally delicious!