Every year, millions of people celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. It also marks the culmination of the Lenten season, and it goes without saying that this is a very important marker for religious believers worldwide. Easter also occurs during a time in the year when our surroundings are in bloom, which falls in line with the Spring season’s ties to birth, growth and fertility.
Somewhere along the line, Easter Sunday picked up secular associations with a big bunny, egg hunts, candy and an array of pastel colors. When it comes to those long-eared hoppers, you can thank German immigrants who shared old stories of an Easter rabbit who laid eggs meant for children to find and baked cakes shaped like hares. In the 1800s, French and German candy makers fashioned chocolate eggs, which spread to various countries across Europe. Kids were encouraged to make little nests shaped like baskets for the Easter Bunny to leave his chocolate eggs. Today, we continue to follow along with these traditions. In light of imposed restrictions and denials common with Lent, indulging in candy is also a welcome treat for adults.
Tradition is a wonderful thing, but it can be exciting to try something new. Tired of dipping your eggs in dye? How about wrapping them in fresh sausage and cooking them to golden brown perfection? Dress up your Easter eggs with this classic–the Scotch egg. Popular in the United Kingdom, Scotch eggs are often served cold in pubs or cafes or packed in picnic baskets. They used to be the perfect lunch for workers whose wives transformed leftovers into a second meal or travelers picking up portable snacks for the road. Stories vary as to who may have created the first Scotch egg, although the London department store, Fortnum & Mason, claims them as their own.
For a while, Scotch eggs were looked down upon, but lately, they’ve received welcome and deserved recognition. Unlike the basic boiled egg, Scotch eggs combine creamy yolks with seasoned, cooked meat and a crispy exterior. They are a sophisticated blend of textures and flavors. Dip these hot, fried (or baked) eggs into the accompanying tarragon mustard sauce, and you have something very special for Easter Sunday.