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The Magic of Easter

The traditional red, hard-boiled egg is the most prominent symbol of Orthodox Easter. Orthodox Christians will spend Thursday (Veliki Cetvrtok) dying dozens of eggs and decorating them with different colours and designs. However, it must be noted that the first three eggs should be dyed before dawn on Thursday, before Good Friday. It is said that these three eggs will not go rotten for years to come if they are dyed before the sun rises.

The first egg is dedicated to God; the second egg is dedicated to the head of the house or the 'Domakin'; and the third egg is for good luck. The first egg is said to be magical, and is therefore placed next to a religious icon in the house. It is even believed that this egg can cure illnesses. It is for this reason that the housewife or the 'Domakinka' should not attempt to dye these three eggs on an empty stomach. She must eat at least a mouthful of bread, as any eggs dyed on an empty stomach do not bring any luck. It is even believed…


This has got to be the fastest and easiest recipe for Baklava, and I promise, it tastes just as good!

Ingredients (up to 20 servings): 250 grams unsalted melted butter 300 grams of chopped walnut pieces10 sheets or 375 gram packet of filo pastry 
Syrup: 600 grams of white sugar200 ml of water Fresh lemon juice squeezed from 1 lemon1 tablespoon of honey (optional)

1.Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a medium rectangle or square cake pan (or ovenproof dish) with melted butter. Roughly chop or grind walnut pieces, depending on desired texture.

2. Lay pastry on a clean surface. Trim sheet to fit in pan and brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with a handful of walnuts. Continue with remaining pastry, butter and walnuts, finishing with a layer of pastry. 
3. Brush top layer of pastry with butter. Cut baklava length-ways and then crossways, or keep as squares. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes or until golden brown
4. . Meanwhile, place the sugar, water, honey and lemon juice in a saucepan and bring…