Luc: every time I tell myself it’s the last time, but then I smell the scent of your hot chocolate… Mrs. Audel:… chocolate shells! So small, so simple, so innocent. I thought: oh, just a little taste can’t do anything wrong! But then I discovered they were filled with rich, sinful… Yvette:… and it melts… God forgive me, it melts so slowly on your tongue and fills you with pleasure! (from the movie Chocolat)
Once upon a time there was a bunny that he wanted to give to two children, his friends, many Easter eggs. To surprise them, he was looking for a place to hide the eggs. At dawn he approached the children’s home with his swollen bag. The lawn in front was all covered with crocus flowers, white, yellow and blue, which looked like many colored eggs. The bunny hid the eggs among the flowers and went home.
When the sun rose, an extraordinary event took place: the flowers of the meadow became Easter eggs. A dove noticed this and went around spreading the news. Soon the lawn was filled with children, while the chocolate eggs continued to bloom. Even today the old people of the town tell that it was the sweetest Easter of all.
We cannot always spend the holidays as we would like and with whom we would like, especially this year. But we can do like the bunny from the fairytale and give our family the sweetest and most colorful Easter of all!
Some ideas for decorating Easter eggs
Not everyone has the ability to manually create chocolate eggs at home, I prefer to rely on the experts and rather dedicate myself to boiled egg coloring together with my daughter, to give or use to decorate the house and our Easter table.
All over the world the egg is the symbol of Easter. Painted or carved, in chocolate or sugar, terracotta or papier-mâché, the egg is an integral part of the anniversary. The colored and decorated eggs they have a very ancient history.
Symbol of life that is born, among the Greeks, the Chinese and the Persians the egg was also the gift that was exchanged on the occasion of spring festivals, such as symbol of fertility and the eternal return of life. The ancient Romans instead used to bury an egg painted red in their fields, to propitiate a good harvest.
The best and most effective way to color fresh eggs naturally is to cut fruit, vegetables or aromatic herbs into small pieces (filling at least two or three cups) to be immersed in a pot with a liter of water, bringing everything to a boil. Then add the fresh eggs to the boiling water for 12 minutes, until they are completely hard-boiled. A good tip is that to rub them with vinegar before cooking, immediately after having dyed them you can instead pass them in vegetable oil so that they are more brilliant.
To get various natural colors you can add the eggs to the cooking water the following ingredients, in variable quantities depending on the number of eggs and the nuances you want to obtain, together with a teaspoon of vinegar to fix the color.
- Yellow: saffron, turmeric or chamomile flowers
- Green: spinach, parsley
- Red and pink: cooked red beetroot, red cabbage, red tea, karkadè
- Orange: onion peels, paprika
- Brown: coffee, cocoa, black tea
- Violet: grape juice, red wine
- Blue: blueberry
All that remains is use your imagination to create very original eggs which, being colored using natural colors, are also edible. Experimenting, choosing colors and getting different results is an activity that offers numerous benefits to children of all ages.
Egg hunt or picnic in the living room?
Typical of the Anglo-Saxon tradition, the Easter egg hunt is a fun game to organize even at home. Like all respected treasure hunts, you need clues. The latter must be suitable for the age of the children. With the little ones, not yet able to read, they can be used visual clues (the photo or drawing of one of their dolls or toys, if you want to suggest that the egg is hidden behind it, or the image of a room to further delimit the research area, etc …).
With older children, however, you can proceed as for a normal treasure hunt. Maybe for the occasion the clues can follow the Easter theme.
Every nursery rhyme, question, riddle, quiz, drawing or photo must be hidden in the various rooms of the house, accompanied by the colored eggs that you have previously prepared, to create a path that will lead the children to a treasure (a chocolate egg, a gift, a stuffed rabbit or whatever you prefer).
But Easter (or rather Easter Monday) is also a time to organize a picnic… nothing prevents you from doing it at home of course! All you need: a nice and comfortable blanket, some sandwiches filled according to your tastes, lots of colored plates and glasses and nothing else! After the packed lunch, you can spend the afternoon organizing a new challenge: painting your “dream” lawn on a sheet! Who will win?