Although our family was over visiting not long ago, we were thrilled about the opportunity to invite them to an Easter meal. The preparations are full of cooking, cleaning, planning, and even a little bit of decorating. Of course I would have loved to make an Easter ham, but I have yet to figure out where to find anything like HoneyBaked here in Peru. My second choice was going to be a large turkey, I was going to go for a repeat of Christmas with a delicious white wine, citrus marinade.
The family was going to arrive “early,” which has become quite a joke between us. Even though the tell us they will be around at 9am, I should never be surprised when the entire crowd shows up at 1pm. Nevertheless, I knew it was important to have some breakfast snacks available for when the family started to trickle in. Of course, there are also “rules” about things like this. I have to be sure that not everything I am serving is sweet, there has to be some savory aspects to the snacks. I suppose that might just be a given, but sometimes breakfast just turns out to be a sweet fest. Given that, I decided on a couple different muffin recipes – Sweet Potato Muffins (I replaced the pumpkin with sweet potato from these Pumpkin Muffins) and Full of Grains Muffins – and an Overnight Breakfast Casserole that was so simple, my husband put it together!
Summer heat seems to be lingering on, and because of that I wanted to be sure that some of the side dishes were fresh and light…and of course, colorful! I made a delicious Springtime Spinach Salad with homemade croutons (since those are not something I can buy here) as well as a Shredded Carrot Salad with a citrus dressing.
Instead of the ham or the turkey, I decided we would bake several chickens to make sure everyone had plenty to eat. Given that I wasn’t certain everyone would like the Orange Coriander Chicken, I had my father-in-law prepare the other two. If only I hadn’t been busy with my own chickens, I would have loved to watch him more carefully as he punctured the chickens, rubbed them with garlic, cumin and pepper, then spread aji panca paste and aji mirasol paste over the chickens. A bit of red vinegar and soy sauce were also added before they split potatoes and arranged it all for roasting. Both kinds of chickens were delicious and enjoyed by all.
We had fresh lemonade and iced tea for refreshment. Everything was finished off with two (!) pans of Tres Leches Cake. We talked until the day was just about done about so many different things. Of course, we are already looking forward to the next time everyone gets together. Of course, we always comment that we want a larger space to host everyone in!
How was your Easter? What did you make?