My parents want to visit next weekend! I'm very happy and excited to see them, but the situation makes me laugh. They were talking about going out to eat somewhere but I suggested making dinner.
"But it's Easter! We don't want you to have to work."
Oh, my silly if well-meaning parents. I explained, for the millionth time, that I don't celebrate Easter and that I wouldn't mind making them a nice dinner so that they don't have to work or spend lots of money on their special holiday. They deserve it and I've been meaning to make them a nice dinner since moving up here! We have a Cracker Barrel in Watertown and, ever since discovering it, my mum has been addicted to visiting us and going there for dinner.
As some of you know I've recently given up dairy, making me an ovo vegetarian. I'm trying to eat more local when it's available, so I'm only eating eggs from local farmers I trust. In other words, when eating out, I'll be a vegan. My mother is concerned I won't get enough protein so I'm excited to show her what I can do. My father is surprisingly more supportive. Although not a vegetarian, he's been trying to give up/limit his dairy for various reasons.
One of my new favorite things to make is shepherds pie. I make it just about every week using a haul of root veggies from Doxtater's Farners Market and a mix of peas, mushrooms and, occasionally, tofu. Recently I've been favoring the mushrooms in this recipe. I think that will be the main dish, along with some homemade bread and some sort of green. Maybe a few deviled eggs to celebrate the spring. I'm not sure about dessert yet... I have some frozen strawberries so maybe I could do something with them. Hmmm...maybe pound cake with strawberries?
Where would we be without our freezers? Seriously, I feel so dependent on that and my refrigerator. This summer, I really want to do more canning and, maybe, get a dehydrator. My soon-to-be brother-in-law has one and it works amazingly well. When I think about how my ancestors kept their food, it's really amazing to me, and I can understand why spring and summer were so celebrated.
So what about you, dear readers? Do you have Christian family members celebrating Easter? Are they including you in their celebration?