"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > The Back Porch > Off Topic Discussions
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-02-2012, 07:21 AM   #1
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Both in Italy and Spain
Posts: 3,425
Easter Week, at home or travelling?

Good morning everybody,

Well ... we are getting together at the condo in Italy and we are all geared up. My younger daughter is driving down from Zürich with the 3 boys, and we are flying to Bari.

Of course, we are leaving the Friday before the Monday in which the spring break starts, and we have to do a spring cleaning as everything is covered ... SO it is not all play and no work !

It is very common to do a roast lamb in our region ... with a baked pasta
and of course, veggies and antipasti ... appetisers or mezze ...

We are in between the Marches known for their lamb and shepherd´s culture and Basilicata, which is known for their baked pastas and eggplant. Bari, Puglia is the Adriatic sea front ... and of course, shellfish and fish are plentiful being a peninsula at the heel ...

margi.

Regards.
Margi

__________________

__________________
Margi Cintrano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2012, 09:44 AM   #2
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 18,894
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
We might visit the in-laws in Cornwall. It will depend on how busy I am, since I do income tax.
__________________

__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2012, 11:52 AM   #3
Wine Guy
 
Steve Kroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
Posts: 5,419
At home.

Easter is my favorite holiday. We usually have the extended family in town, so I get to cook for a dozen or more. Dinner is always Lamb and Ham. If it were up to me, it would only be lamb, but there are a couple of picky eaters in the family that simply don't know what's good.

I cook the leg of lamb in the kettle grill over a wood fire, adding in a few of the pruned cuttings from my grape vines. They create a nice smoke. In my humble opinion, there is simply nothing better tasting on this earth than lamb cooked this way.
__________________
Steve Kroll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2012, 12:14 PM   #4
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Addie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: East Boston, MA
Posts: 19,086
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Kroll View Post
At home.

Easter is my favorite holiday. We usually have the extended family in town, so I get to cook for a dozen or more. Dinner is always Lamb and Ham. If it were up to me, it would only be lamb, but there are a couple of picky eaters in the family that simply don't know what's good.

I cook the leg of lamb in the kettle grill over a wood fire, adding in a few of the pruned cuttings from my grape vines. They create a nice smoke. In my humble opinion, there is simply nothing better tasting on this earth than lamb cooked this way.
Gee Steve, I don't know if I want to spend Easter with you or Margi. I love roasted lamb. I love lamb anything. For years my kids wouldn't come near lamb. Then someone talked my daughter into taking one bite. She is a convert. Her husband has always loved lamb. But she wouldn't have it in the house. I would make shoulder lamb chops for him all the time. Or lamb and barley stew. Now her kids are gone also, so her and hubby are going out to dinner. Even my three boys love lamb now.

When my youngest was in grade school, people would ask what was he going to study in H.S. I answered he wanted to be a shepherd. I always got some strange looks. After all, we lived in the middle of a city and the only grass around was outside the library. I would tell them he wanted to commune with the ewes. They had no idea what an ewe was. And if it wasn't for Christmas, they wouldn't know what a shepherd was either. I love playing with folks' minds.
__________________
Illegitimi non carborundum!
I don't want my last words to be, "I wish I had spent more time doing housework"
Addie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2012, 12:33 PM   #5
Wine Guy
 
Steve Kroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
Posts: 5,419
Quote:
Originally Posted by Addie View Post
When my youngest was in grade school, people would ask what was he going to study in H.S. I answered he wanted to be a shepherd. I always got some strange looks. After all, we lived in the middle of a city and the only grass around was outside the library. I would tell them he wanted to commune with the ewes. They had no idea what an ewe was. And if it wasn't for Christmas, they wouldn't know what a shepherd was either. I love playing with folks' minds.
Too funny!
__________________
Steve Kroll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2012, 12:24 AM   #6
Ogress Supreme
 
PrincessFiona60's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 36,308
At home, we don't travel on the holidays, not enough time. I will be doing ham, scalloped potatoes and roasted asparagus. Lemon Cake for dessert.
__________________
PrincessFiona60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2012, 12:50 AM   #7
The Dude Abides
 
TATTRAT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Bermuda Native in D.C./NoVA
Posts: 5,324
Send a message via AIM to TATTRAT Send a message via Yahoo to TATTRAT Send a message via Skype™ to TATTRAT
Hrmm, i didn't realize Easter was a travel weekend. . .

I wish I could do some beverages, I would get sauced and hide my own eggs. As that is NOT the case, will lay low, and enjoy everyone else being out making the most out of it.
__________________
flickr
TATTRAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2012, 03:17 AM   #8
Traveling Welcome Wagon
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Somewhere, US
Posts: 15,919
Quote:
Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60 View Post
At home, we don't travel on the holidays, not enough time. I will be doing ham, scalloped potatoes and roasted asparagus. Lemon Cake for dessert.
James and I will be going to PF's and Shrek's for Easter dinner.

*Sigh* Don't I wish! We will probably spend Easter with our best friends, but if not we will probably go out to eat.

Growing up, we had Easter Dinner either at our house or my aunt's and uncle's house. We always had ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, and other sides.
__________________
Barbara L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2012, 04:37 AM   #9
Master Chef
 
Aunt Bea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: near Mount Pilot
Posts: 7,009
Home, just me and a chocolate rabbit with no ears.
__________________
Aunt Bea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2012, 04:54 AM   #10
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Both in Italy and Spain
Posts: 3,425
@ Steve & Addie: Shepherds & Flocks of Sheep

Saturday 11am

Good Morning,

Firstly, I wish to say thanks for your entertaining witty anecdote about the Shepherd and informative posts.

A) Steve & Addie: in La Rioja, Spain, red wine country in north central Spain, it is very common for native Riojans in rural regions to roast their lambs in the traditional way, on grape vines in special ovens. It is wonderful. The 2 Restaurants El Portal and Echaurren in the Hotel Echaurren have a wonderful take on traditional grape vine roasted lamb.

This method provides the phenomenal taste. Spaniards traditionally do not spice their lamb much. The recipe is quite simple and they rely on the best lambs under 45 days old: water, salt, olive oil or manteca de cerdo which is pork lard, red wine and garlic in slit-form.

However, in Abruzzi and Molise, Italy´s lamb provinces, sheepherding is the most important part of life and thus, in the Gran Sasso d´Italia mountain range in Abruzzi, they prepare lamb as follows:

lamb, salt, dry red wine, herbs: savoury, oregano, parsley, thyme and a bit of rosemary, lemon juice and lemon zest and rub with olive oil extra virgin. Agnello Arrosto is roasted lamb in Italian.

Addie: Let´s go visit Steve and then, both of you and I shall go to Abruzzi and see the legacies of real shepherds, and have a tasting too of course ! Loved the anecdote on your son who wanted to become a Shepherd ...

I do have to say, Marcello Spadone, a well known restaurateur and shepherd in Abruzzi, is a wonderful man and his herb roasted lamb is to die for and go to heaven ... He had shown me how to prepare it on a trip through the region. We go at least once a year, to visit his Trattoria in the Pescara Mountains, La Bandiera

I use a 1/3 cup of the following fresh herbs and marinate: oregano, rosemary ( a pinch or 2 ), thyme, parsley, savoury ( winter or summer ), dry red wine of Abruzzi or Spanish La Rioja, and rub with extra virgin olive oil in Italy ... However, in Spain, the pork lard, gives it that stunner crispy exterior --- both are wonderful. Roast lamb is divine ...

Thanks.
Margi.
__________________

__________________
Margi Cintrano is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:37 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.