Easter is just around the corner. And for my family it is hands down the most tradition-filled holiday of the year. Starting on Holy Saturday morning, we’ll pack up a basket filled to the brim with delicious ingredients for Easter brunch, including polish sausage, hard boiled eggs, rye bread, houska bread (egg bread with golden raisins), bacon, horse radish, salt, vinegar, and since our family never misses an opportunity, champagne and orange juice for mimosas. We then bring the basket to church for a blessing ceremony. As soon as you walk in the door, the scrumptious smell of about fifty food baskets hit you – it’s enough to make your mouth water.
Early Easter morning, my dad will start making our main dish for Easter brunch – Polish borscht (also known as white borscht – NOT to be confused with Ukrainian beet borscht) Borscht has bacon, polish sausage, and hard boiled eggs, among other ingredients – so you know, it’s healthy
Before we can dig in to the delicious meal, we partake in one of my favorite traditions – EGG WARS! The rules are simple, everyone gets one hardboiled Easter egg.
You start by facing off with the person next to you and hit your eggs together. Whomever’s egg doesn’t have a crack after contact wins that face off.
Some think that there is strategy to how you hold or how you strike your egg – but I think it just depends on what egg you chose.
The winners of the first face offs then go on to compete with the other winners around the table until there’s only one person without a cracked egg. My mom was the ultimate winner of Egg Wars last year, though there isn’t really a prize for winning, you just get bragging rights for the rest of the year.
We then peel the Egg War eggs and cut them up into the borscht and chow down. This is one of those hardy meals where you won’t need to eat another meal until the next day. No matter how much borscht you have, though, everyone always has room for the traditional lamb cake, which is white pound cake covered in white frosting which is then topped with coconut shavings.
This one was a little googly-eyed – but it was still delicious!
I love hearing about other family’s holiday traditions – do you have any that you’d like to share?