Which came first, the chicken or the egg? While we’re going to avoid that debate, I think we can safely conclude that, in terms of eggs only, the probable order is chicken egg, followed by the chocolate egg and then by the plastic egg which can be fillable or solid.
Easter eggs, sometimes referred to as Paschal eggs in Christianity, symbolize rebirth. Colors or designs people may add to the surface of the eggs may also be symbolic.
So let’s look at coloring the edible eggs, which of course have been hard-boiled. You’ll naturally set aside those that have already cracked, so they can be eaten as-is or turned into egg salad.
I remember one time (notice, I said one time) using natural dye to color the eggs. I used tea leaves, onion skins and beets, which left me with hands that smelled of onions and red from the beets. From then on I would rely on my favorite PAAS egg-dying kit, an old stand-by. I like the one with the wax crayon included. However, the choice now is almost mind boggling – tie-dye, neon, sparkles. Just give me the pretty pastels
You have to admit the chocolate eggs, solid or hollow, whether white, milk or dark are the most popular. Hollow ones can open up to display other tiny edibles, such as jelly beans. Or you can bite into an egg filled with a luscious cream or peanut butter. Decorated or not, there is nothing like a chocolate egg.
As for plastic eggs, they are the only way to have a proper egg hunt. They can be filled with candy or, better yet, money. However, if you have them outside be careful. One year after my mother painstakingly scattered the eggs in the backyard, she found that when the grandchildren were ready for the hunt, the squirrels had beaten them to them. Naughty little critters!
This is not to forget other Easter edibles. Do you eat the ears or the tail first on a chocolate bunny? Do you eat the tail or the head on the lamb cake first? Delicious decisions! This year to confuse and amuse yourself in the area of Easter confectionery Aunt Diana’s now has bunny butts. Go see for yourself, that and all the eggs and bunnies you could ever want.
Mea culpa: In reference to last week’s column and the Riverside Community Caucus, I have found out some of what I wrote was in error. The information on voting and what is now called the Recruitment Committee was not clear to me, although I understand that information was on the caucus’ website. I did not see that.
When I paid my membership is when it should have been reiterated to me the deadline for voting, which I would have understood.
The caucus needs to have varied opinions that should be expressed when necessary. My intention was not to discredit the caucus. I still stand by some of my opinions. As a member of the caucus, I look forward to working for the betterment of the community.