April 19, 2014 by Joanne T Ferguson
I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but the weather, fun, and food invigorate me!
If you will allow me to digress a tad; as you know me by now!
I love all holidays, customs and traditions…YOU?
When I was little we are numerous traditions; especially around Easter.
I always looked very much forward to when I could um, well, play with my food despite my mother’s warnings throughout the rest of the year NOT to play with my food like in Morish Dark Chocolate Caramel Coated Nut Bowls.
It was always lots of fun to dye the Easter eggs bringing out my creativity!
My mother used to put newspaper all over the kitchen as well, as I was “a tad” sloppy!
Let’s remember, I was only little!
After the Easter eggs were dried, we had “the annual family Easter crack” which I believe the origins are from Germany; please don’t quote me as this is what I was led to believe.
Two people would choose their eggs and “strategically” hold the eggs in a position to crack the other person’s egg.
Then it was on for “one and all” and the person whose egg lasted without cracking was deemed the winner and would have good luck throughout the year.
One of the very special traditions of Easter was also making hot cross buns and enjoying chocolates that were store bought.
“The family tradition” was if it was your Easter rabbit, ONLY you could eat the ears and the rest of the head and body could be enjoyed by all!
Trust me on this, you would NOT have wanted to indulged eating someone else’s Easter rabbit ears!
Hot Cross Bagels and Easter Chocolate Anyone?
Coming from New York, bagels on a Sunday morning (especially Easter morning) were also a tradition.
This year, I decided to incorporate Thermalina (my Thermomix) into the Easter tradition fun.
Recently you experienced The Butterfingers Princess Tart and Hot Cross Buns Come to Adelaide; the tart used sultanas.
I had some left over and as you know by now, I love utilizing what I have on hand; minimizing food wastage.
You can ONLY imagine HOW much I S-Q-U-E-A-L-E-D when I saw Thermomix hot cross bagels via Alyce Alexandra Cookbooks.
While this is a “free” recipe, it is only available to those who sign up in April to her mailing list!
So Thermomix fans, head over, join the mailing list and you too can have fun creating this ABSOLUTELY wonderful hot cross bagels recipe!
The kitchen smelled AMAZING!!!
Chef Georgio (from Are You Curious How Versatile Cardamom Is? fame) devoured two with love with the Thermomix fresh butter I am; oh and did I mention the cream cheese in the featured photo via ThermoBlitz?
I love using quark in recipes!
For those not familiar with quark, it is like a European cottage cheese with a bit of a tang; very healthy and used in a number of weight loss recipes.
It is NOT why I used it; I love the taste and smooth texture!
This year I decided to “slightly” adapt “the Easter family tradition” when I saw that I could “shrink wrap” our Easter eggs with these cute labels in 3 seconds dunking in boiling water; the eggs were cooked.
Friendship means the world to me; especially around Easter time.
Warning my friends…when you meet me in “real life” be prepared for “THE SQUEAL OF EXCITEMENT” too!
Did you ever wonder how chocolate will set in a mould if it’s oval?
The thought did come to Princess What? and me!
Egg cartons come in very handy and are very versatile indeed!
It’s “light and fluffy” and can be and I can also describe it as an Easter food pillow!
Look forward to what comes next time via What’s On The List!
Happy Easter to all who celebrate!
Let us be thankful for something today!
That food, food memories, traditions, customs, cultures and foods connect us all in my most extraordinary way!
Do you have an Easter tradition?
What is your favorite Easter food?
Would you choose the hot cross bagels or Easter Chocolate?
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