Monday, April 13, 2015

Grilling on the rooftop

Easter has just passed here in Greece, with red eggs, 
spit-roasted lamb, sweetbreads and all related, 
classically and traditionally as every year. 
The Holy week is always a super busy time and notwithstanding 
the fact that the Easter festive lunch was the responsibility 
of my brother, there were a lot of things to do or 
to check out that kept me away from my laptop and 
your blogs. Hope you don’t mind.

So, we experienced a different sensation this time, 
roasting a whole lamp on the rooftop of my brother’s home. 
An urban “adventure” indeed! Cooking a whole lamb isn't 
the sort of thing you just decide to do one morning. 
And on the rooftop!

Who could possibly imagine that a neurologist would also 
showcase excellent surgeon skills? I can assure you that 
it takes a good deal of planning and preparation. 
My brother sewed the lamb with thoroughness and 
did all this laborious job alone, 
despite being a beginner! We enjoyed a hassle-free lunch 
on their roof terrace, feeling good with the sea-breeze 
and the warming April sunshine. 
Not forgetting the amazingly well organised reception 
by my brother’s wife, who knows how to focus 
on experiences of togetherness. 

Coffee was served inside as we were all begging for a 
comfortable sofa after a heavy but extra delicious lunch. 

I thank God for the incredibly blessed life I live 
and for those who surround me with their love.
Hope that you are also okay and have shared some 
s p e c i a l  m o m e n t s 
with your beloved ones.


  1. Lieve Olympia,

    Kalo Pascha!!!

    Wat een heerlijk feestelijke beelden over hoe jij samen met familie het Paasfeest vierden.
    Aan al het lekkers te zien en heel de sfeervolle entourage er omheen is jou broer en schoonzus een geweldige gastheer en gastvrouw.

    Kan het lam bijna ruiken en bij het zien van de taart loopt het water me in de mond.

    Heb afgelopen week(dinsdag)pakketje verzonden voor je dochterlief en hoop dat het goed aankomt.

    Geniet nog even na van fijne dagen!!
    Lieve groet,Ger

  2. Quel moment agréable tu sembles avoir eu en famille .... Je comprends que tu sois si occupée ces temps-ci, moi de même avec le travail .... A bientôt, amicalement,

  3. These are the best moments, in this case a festive lunch with relatives for Easter. How exciting this occurred to be grilling a lamb on the rooftop under the Greek sun.
    Wish you a happy new week!

  4. Dear Olympia,

    Χριστός Ανέστη!

    What a glorious day, all over Greece, to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, with family, friends, food, and fun! Your flower bouquets are so bold and beautiful, and I'm sure, made a pretty accompaniment to the wonderful meal, shared by all.


  5. What a beautiful and very stylish looking Easter lunch. I'm sure you had a wonderful time.
    Have a great week ahead!
    xoxo Ingrid

  6. Nice that you are with your family celebrated a nice Easter.
    Lovely and relaxing.
    Your photos are beautiful!

    Love, Gerry

  7. Hello dear Olympia, what a beautiful post and such lovely photos as well! I have a recipe by Paul Hollywood for a plaited bread with red boiled eggs placed on top to symbolise the blood of Christ, I haven't made it yet but I can't wait to try it out next year! Easter is certainly a time to spend with family enjoying each other and being ever so grateful for a life well lived. Blessings to you dear Olympia! Sharon x

  8. It sounds you had a wonderful meal in lovely surroundings x

  9. Hello Olympia
    Wow, what a feast and setting. All is so superb from he table setting to the roof-top grill. It seems like you just had to "show-up" and how wonderful those get together are for those who entertain and are now entertained.
    Your beautiful prayer of gratitude speaks volumes. Happy Easter.

    Helen xx

  10. Such a wonderful time you had on the rooftop, Olympia!...Your photographs are so lovely...
    Hope you have an equally wonderful week,
    Susan x

  11. Wat een heerlijk, jaloersmakend uitzicht!!

  12. Happy Easter, Olympia! It sounds like a lovely celebration. The food must have been delicious and such good company too. I hope you're having a good week so far.

  13. A lovely celebration spent with precious family, Dear Olympia! Beautiful setting - lovely table and delicious food - what could be better? Wishing you a lovely week. Hugs xo Karen

  14. A beautiful post, Olympia. Glad you had a lovely day surrounded by family. Looks like you were on top of the world, both literally and figuratively! Hugs, Jackie

  15. wow, roasted lamb on the rooftop, sounds great! It looks like you had such a nice Easter with your family. I had all my family here as well. That pie looks amazing, I wish I could have a slice. I love the picture of the flowers with the tea pot, it's so pretty. And look at all these gorgeous vibrant flowers. The bowl with the green eggs caught my eye too, it's lovely.

    Have a beautiful week, Olympia.

    love, ~Sheri

  16. What a pretty blog you have, so full of color and light.
    I love the row of little vases on the table, a wonderful idea.

  17. Dear sister, you definitely have the talent to present your case in a very inspiring way, both scenographically and technically. Thank you for sharing the day and your snapshots!

  18. Che bello poter finalmente mangiare sul terrazzo, anche perche fra pochi mesi sarà troppo caldo ! Splendidi immagini che raccontano la storia. ( Il dipinto è in fase di asciugatura :-)) ) Abbraccio.

  19. Ma tu sei incredibile! Stai facendo un lavoro solo per me? Pensavo che ci sarebbe qualche vecchio dipinto qualche parte. Non so cosa dire e come ringraziarti. Mi sento un 'po perplessa.

  20. Chère Olympia!
    Tu as bien raison de profiter de ce beau temps avec ta famille et avec des plats grecques .....un vrai régal!
    J' adore ton déco et tes fleurs ....
    J' espere tu vas bien et je te souhaite une bonne semaine!
    Je t' embrasse fort!

  21. Dear Olympia,
    late Easter Greetings to you and your family.
    Your Easter lunch sounds and looks divine.. with the whole lamb on the spit.
    No wonder you needed a soft couch to flop onto...looks like some nice ones there in your brothers house.
    We are truly blessed when we have family together at these special times.
    Our Easter was a happy one. This year, we decided to eat out.
    A lovey post Olympia
    val xxx

  22. A rooftop BBQ? What could be more pleasant way to spend the Easter holidays! That lamb looked scrumptious and the view just a gorgeous! We had our first BBQ of the year 2 nights ago - ribs and sweet potatoes. Delish!

  23. Rien que de penser à de l’agneau ou du mouton me donne l’eau à la bouche ! Je n’en ai pas encore mangé cette année. Pour Pâques je voulais faire un rôti d’agneau – je suis allée dans 3 super marchés différents – aucun agneau en vente ! Ici en Géorgie ils n’aiment pas cela, alors c’est difficile de le trouver. On trouve surtout du porc, poulet et bœuf. La table était aussi bien fleurie – quel bon repas vous avez eu.

  24. A very nice diner on the rouf terace, indeed !!!
    Lovely flowers on the table !
    Have a good evening !

  25. What a wonderful way to celebrate Easter with a BBQ, sunshine and family. The flowers decorating the table are so lovely. Sarah x

  26. I can imagine you had a wonderful time with your family! I never had a bbq on the rooftop, but I am sure it was fantastic.

    Tomorrow we have a very sunny day in our country, I made a lot of plans to do :-)!

    Hugs, Ingrid

  27. Dearest Olympia,
    So happy to read here that you did have a very meaningful and blessed Easter, together with your brother. Sharing such a special meal together is a great way of bonding, especially for the next generation to 'feel' what love and family in Faith is all about.
    Sending you hugs,

  28. Πολύ όμορφες φωτογραφίες!! Ακόμα πιο όμορφες οι αναμνήσεις από την ημέρα που περάσαμε όλοι μαζί!! Ευχαριστούμε που περάσετε μαζί μας αυτήν την ημέρα! Ευχαριστώ για τις γλυκές σου σκέψεις!!

  29. What a wonderful family dinner on the rooftop! Your pictures are so beautiful and bright and sunny. I love the little glass vases of flowers dotted along the pretty! Thank you for another lovely post to enjoy, dear Olympia!
    Helen xox

  30. Χρόνια πολλά Ολυμπία μου!!Χριστός Ανέστη!!Πανέμορφες εικόνες από τό γιορτινό τραπέζι σας!!
    Πάντα έτσι ωραία καί χαρούμενα νά περνάτε!!Φιλιά!

  31. Ολα φαίνονται υπέροχα!!! Χαίρομαι που πέρασες τόσο όμορφα, Ολυμπία μου!
    Χριστός Ανέστη!!! Και του χρόνου, με υγεία και αγάπη!!

  32. Χρόνια πολλά Ολυμπία! Χριστός Ανέστη!! Χαίρομαι που πέρασες τόσο καλά.
    Πολύ όμορφες φωτογραφίες από τό τραπέζι σας!
    Και του χρόνου με υγεία !!!!

  33. Het ziet er heel gezellig uit. Fijn om het samen met familie te vieren. Mooi ook kleine fleurige boeketjes op tafel. Fijne dag,

  34. Bonsoir chère amie,

    Je suis très heureuse que tu aies partagé avec ta famille ces fêtes pascales. Et un repas servi en terrasse, avec un agneau préparé et rôti par ton frère, wouhou ! c'est vraiment extraordinaire. Toutes mes félicitations !
    L'organisation me semble parfaite et je suis certaine que ce fut pour vous tous une journée exceptionnelle.

    J'apprécie les magnifiques photos que tu nous dévoiles... Les sublimes couleurs des petits bouquets qui chantent et harmonisent merveilleusement bien cette belle table.
    Le soleil avait rendez-vous avec vous pour apporter une belle note de gaité.
    Je te souhaite un excellent weekend et te remercie pour ton très gentil petit message.

    Gros bisous

  35. Certainly looks as though you had a wonderful family time. Really like the flowers and that butterfly too.

    Already looking forward to reading your next post.

    All the best Jan

  36. Certainly looks as though you had a wonderful family time. Really like the flowers and that butterfly too.

    Already looking forward to reading your next post.

    All the best Jan

  37. Chere Olimpia,
    j'adore cette lumiere de Grece.
    Fleurs et deco!

    Και του χρόνου να περάσετε υπέροχα και αγαπημένοι όλοι μαζί με την οικογένειά σου.
    Φιλιά ,

  39. Looks lije a perfect celebration and family gathering.


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