Bulgarian Easter, hiking, and spring in full bloom

To say it’s been a busy month would be an understatement. It was more of an in sane month with lots happening. I haven’t done much knitting but little things here and there. Baby booties for three orders and some crochet animals mostly as gifts. It was also my Easter on May 1, which of course calls for coloured eggs and my infamous Easter bread πŸ˜€

I also managed to go on a hike with a few cool moms from my neighbourhood. And one big walk with my kids yesterday which was great. I haven’t moved or worked out as much as I would like and I can feel my clothes fitting tighter πŸ˜€ With the nice weather, I am hoping I can change that. Maybe it’s time for another Whole30 πŸ˜‰

This year I decided to experiment with natural colours for my Easter eggs. So I used turmeric for the yellow, dill for the green, beets for the red, and red onion peel for the brown/orange-y colour. The problem was I didn’t have time to wait for them to become really rich. So for my last couple of eggs I added a couple of drops of food colouring in the red and green colours. I’m a cheater, I know πŸ˜€ I absolutely loved how the red onion peel colour turned out – all natural. I also used both white and brown eggs to give the colours different shades. So cool! I’m definitely doing this next year but I’ll be prepared for an overnight wait on the colours lol πŸ˜€

The Easter bread was something of a miracle this year. I was so super busy with everything plus my son was sick for most of the month so I had given up on planning to make Easter bread. I even told my husband that I would defrost the loaf I had frozen last year instead πŸ˜€ But then I just couldn’t fall asleep knowing that I had missed continuing the tradition. So I decided to divide the recipe in 5 and make only 1/5 of the batch (the original recipe calls for 5 kgs of flour – that’s the leading ingredient). It was going to be easy, quick, and absolutely manageable. Best decision ever. I only made 2 loaves and even used strawberry jam on one of them which is a first for me. It turned out great. So yummy!

My neighbourhood is fantastic! I love it here. We live close to Minnekhada Regional Park which has aΒ high point that you can hike to, called High Knoll. So last Saturday I managed to kick myself out of bed in the morning and went hiking with a group of cool moms. It was gorgeous! I was so happy I went. Just look at that view.

The weather has been amazing these days. I have been trying to take my kids outside as much as possible. They love riding their bikes on the gravel trails in the forest. And it’s 5 min from our house. How cool is that!?


20 responses to “Bulgarian Easter, hiking, and spring in full bloom

  1. Happy Easter! I celebrated on May 1st, too. Your eggs are beautiful. We dye ours naturally (onion), too. You bread looks delicious! Thanks for including the recipe in your post. My mother makes her grandmother’s babka. She has been doing this since we were kids. I love all of the traditions…it makes it special.

    • Happy Easter to you too! πŸ™‚ That’s fantastic! Where are you from? One of my closest friends is from Latvia and she colours eggs too. πŸ™‚ Family recipes are so great. I love making things that I know have been in my family for generations.

      • Where are you from? This is the best part of social media…getting to meet new people. ☺

        I live in Wisconsin. My father was of Serbian decent and my mother is Irish and Lithuanian. We were raised in my father’s Orthodox faith. My mother learned how to make all of the traditional food from my father’s mother and she also added her family’s Lithuanian recipes to our Serbian holidays. It makes every holiday so special and brings back wonderful memories of times spent with family members that are no longer with us.

      • Hi Branislava! I’m Bulgarian and culturally very close to Serbia. It’s fantastic that you grew up with these traditions. And good for your mom for learning and making your childhood so special.
        You’re right, social media does bring people together. It’s amazing. πŸ™‚

  2. WOW everything looks soooo good!!! We celebrated Easter on May 1st too and had a traditional feast πŸ™‚ My parents are big in easter bread too. I really want to try your recipe too πŸ˜›

    • That’s wonderful! I always do my best no matter what to keep traditions. Life gets so busy and dull sometimes and preparing a feast, making something special, brings the colour to life again. πŸ™‚ Plus I really want my kids to grow up with these traditions. What recipe do your parents use for their bread? Let me know if you make my recipe. I am curious to know how it turns out πŸ™‚

      • I totally agree with spicing up life a little a few times a year! Plus it’s a great excuse to eat great food and drink. I don’t have any kids yet, but they will for sure grow up with it too – Canadian born, Romanian fed lol It looks like the recipe that my parents use is a little more simple: start with 1kg of flour and make 2-3 loaves, we add walnuts filling, and I personally only like to add raisins (like a Panettone). Excited to try yours for sure.

        PS. I typed this before, but somehow it disappeared in the web space lol

      • Absolutely. πŸ™‚ I put raisins too. But I like the idea of walnuts as a filling. Yum!!! Bulgaria and Romania have a lot in common. For example I know that we both have “martenitsi” for March 1st. The white and red yarn ornaments we wear until spring comes πŸ™‚

      • ..and our traditions are not very different πŸ˜‰ my best friend is Bulgarian and we had a blast in high school trying to figure out how many things we actually have in common

  3. Hi t.e.d.d.y. Thank you so much for reading and liking my blog post. I love this one too and I shall read your others very soon. I must ask: Easter Bread? Never heard of it. Is it similar to our Hot Cross Buns?
    Are these pics of Wisconsin? I have a friend who lives there. Never visited her, but having seen these, I may just do that.

    • Hi Sally, thank you for visiting my blog and reading my posts. The Easter bread is similar to an Italian panettone bread but a bit more dense. πŸ™‚
      I’m located in Vancouver BC. But I bet Wisconsin is beautiful. I’ve never been either. πŸ™‚


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