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Holiday Weekend — Easter Paella Lunch and Other Goodness

9 Apr

Our holiday weekend started with the Passover dinner at our friends’ house, which you can read about in the post “Holiday Weekend — Passover Dinner”. Even though we ate full for a whole week ahead, it was just the beginning.

In the middle of last week, I came up with an idea to make my grandma’s famous Kurnik pie. It’s a Russian chicken pie, which contains layers of rice, chicken, and eggs. I nurtured that idea for a few days and last Friday, having some spare time on my hands, I decided to put my cooking skills to an ultimate test. You see, to me Kurnik pie is the Everest of Russian cuisine, the top of the top, that I have never attempted because I knew in advance nothing would be able to match my grandma’s way of making it. Kurnik is considered a Russian traditional Easter pie, because after the long Great Fast people in old times wanted to indulge themselves with all the goodness they deprived themselves of for 40 days and have it all on one plate. And since my close friends are fasting right now, and Russian Orthodox Easter is coming up this Sunday (a week later than Catholic Easter), I have decided to practice to make sure it’d come out right for Russian Easter. To no surprise, it didn’t come out as moist as my grandma used to make it, but it was pretty good anyways. And that was on the menu for a Saturday.

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