As I was packing my bags this morning to head home for the holiday weekend, my brain was swirling with warm fuzzy thoughts of my Moms’ Easter bread, or Paska.
This bread is a “worth it” food for me. Yes, it is made with white flour which is typically in my no fly zone, BUT there is something magical, majestic even, about it.
My mom’s been baking this loaf of majesty since I can remember, and her mother before her, and her Mother’s Mother before that. No one really knows how far back this bread tradition goes, but most likely it is deeply rooted in their homeland of Hungary.
For me, food is made up of so much more than macro and micro nutrients, in fact nutrients just scratch the surface of the truth behind WHY we eat WHAT we eat.
Family food traditions can quite often jump the hurdle of carbohydrate, protein, and fat, and land in deep wholesome nourishment.
This long tradition of breaking bread with my family on Easter is a tradition of love and connection and true nourishment. It is a moment when the white flour quite literally doesn’t matter.
I won’t eat an entire loaf of this bread, but I will mindfully and thoughtfully have a few slices over the course of the weekend. I will remember the generations of women in my family that have been baking this bread and how much love and happiness has been baked into each loaf. For all these reasons homemade Paska, will indeed be “good for me.”
For you, my loyal health crusaders. I wish you the same kind of nourishment this weekend. Recall a food tradition in your family, and imagine how you can fit this food, whatever it may be, into a bigger picture of deep connection around food.
And if you don’t have a food tradition similar to my families Easter bread maybe now is the time to begin one of your own, to pass down to generations yet to come.
(P.S. as I am writing this it has occurred to me that a grievous error has occurred. I have personally never baked this bread. I would love to leave you with the recipe but I actually don’t have it. I will work on that this weekend)
Do you have any strong family food traditions? Tell me about them! comment below
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