Traditional Easter Lunch: UK vs US vs Nigeria
Easter is not limited to Eggs. Like Christmas, Easter has many associations with food.
In many cultures around the world, Easter is a symbol of new life, fertility and rebirth. From a Christian perspective, Easter represents Jesus' emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Back in ancient times, the Easter egg was a symbol of the universe, of creation, and in some cultures, luck wealth, and health. Yet, Easter is not limited to Eggs. Like Christmas, Easter has many associations with food. Do you know that the United States, United Kingdom and Nigeria have different eating traditions for Easter? Traditionally, there are special meals eaten during Easter period. UK, US and Nigeria are unique. Check out their Easter specials here:
In the United Kingdom, Hot Cross Buns (spiced tea cake), marked with a cross, are traditionally served on Good Friday. On Easter Sunday, boiled eggs are served at breakfast. Roast lamb is the traditional meat for the main meal on Easter Day. Families sit down to a succulent roast lamb dinner stuffed with herbs, Jersey Royals, and the traditional condiment mint sauce.
Simnel cake is also baked for tea. The Simnel cake is a fruit cake with a flat layer of marzipan (sugar almond paste) on top and decorated with 11 marzipan balls representing the 12 apostles with exception of Judas.
Easter Biscuits are sometimes called "Cakes", and are eaten on Easter Sunday. They contain spices, currants and sometimes grated lemon rind.
In the United States, Easter is similar but spiced with glazed ham and seasonal vegetables. Also, casual dishes like refreshing Shrimp Shooters appetizer or a crunchy Green Bean, Banana Pudding Pie, lemon-roasted potatoes, flavorful oregano green beans, Walnut, and Feta Salad are used to celebrate Easter in the United States.
Nigeria has a rich and varied culinary culture, so there are several yummy meals for Easter here. Some selected recipes great for Easter celebrations in Nigeria are fried rice and chicken, shrimp suya, catfish pepper soup, Nigerian Jollof, small Chops, Gizz dodo, Salad, and chicken barbecue. Do you like calamari? Try out seafood rice! Snail Kebab, Isi Ewu, Abacha, Chapman and puff puff are also awesome for dinner.