Lisa's week: More calendar food-based ponderings
It’s the week before Easter and a long, four-day weekend is beckoning which will be lovely. Time to slow down and spend time with my family.
In the UK, we get the same four-day weekend and Easter Sunday is full of egg hunts in the garden and chocolate eggs getting scoffed at quite a pace. Although chocolate Easter bunnies can now be found in English shops due to the increase in popularity of the Milka, Lindt and Kinder brands, the majority of chocolate is in egg form… delicious! My favourite is of course, the Cadbury Dairy Milk Easter egg and I might have bought a whole box of them last time I was in the UK for Easter!
Other Easter delicacies include Easter Simnel cake, which is a rich, spiced fruitcake with a layer of marzipan in the middle. It’s also traditionally decorated with 11 marzipan balls, representing the 11 disciples of Jesus, without Judas. Once the cake has been fully decorated, it is briefly put under the grill so that the marzipan on the top of the cake is slightly toasted. Delicious!
If you like “Rosinenbrötchen”, you might also like to give Hot Cross Buns a try. They are similar but are seasoned with allspice, which is a traditional flavour at this time of year. A marzipan cross on the top gives this bun its name which is then cut in half, toasted and served with lashings of butter spread on the top. Double delicious. If only I had some photos to share!
Easter Sunday dinner at my mum’s house is usually very traditional and includes roast shoulder of lamb served with mint sauce – don’t knock it unless you’ve tried it! I think I might miss that the most. Yes, it’s the time of year with plenty of scrumptious food and I love going back to the UK to get my dose of all those flavours.
I won’t be home for Easter this year but perhaps I need to arrange a weekend back to Birmingham and ask my mum to prepare all these Easter specialties for me so that I get my fix even if Easter is long gone.
I get the feeling that maybe all my homesick feelings are related to food! Or is it just me?
Have a great Easter break everyone!
What is Lisa's week?
"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"
Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday
Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?
Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?
Episode 4: The sound of London
Episode 5: Not just a last resort
Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise
Episode 7: Title talk
Episode 8: The Union Jack
Episode 9: Why Thursday?
Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?
Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!
Episode 13: Up in the Highlands
Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends
Episode 15: Pie in the sky
Episode 16: Through the tunnel
Episode 17: Keep left!
Episode 18: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise
Episode 19: How do you say that?
Episode 20: Back to School!
Episode 21: Sweet cravings
Episode 22: Can you change a fiver?
Episode 23: Grabbing some "me time"
Episode 24: Typical Mistakes (part 1)
Episode 25: Fancy a cuppa?
Episode 26: Quip tip of the week - Fell vs. fall etc.
Episode 27: Things that go bump in the night!
Episode 28: Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpower, treason and plot
Episode 29: What's that badge you're wearing?
Episode 30: Bless you!
Episode 31: What are you thankful for?
Episode 32: Where's the larget Christmas Market outside Germany or Austria?
Episode 33: What's behind the door?
Episode 34: The joy of a Christmas cracker!
Episode 35: Does it all fit on the table?
Episode 36: Seeing in the New Year
Episode 37: How are your resolutions going?
Episode 38: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends - part 2
Episode 39: What will the Year of the Rooster mean for you?
Episode 40: Sweet Valentine
Episode 41: A Reminder
Episode 42: I'll have mine with sugar and lemon juice, please!
Episode 43: The joy of golden daffodils
Episode 44: To correct or not to correct, that is the question
Episode 45: The whole world's going green!
Episode 46: Idiom of the week - Raining cats and dogs
Episode 47: The joke's on you!
Episode 48: Left over from the Middle Ages!