Thursday, March 25, 2021

Hot Cross Buns and Easter Eggs also online talks

100,000 buns were sold on one day - Good Friday - in London by 500 sellars in 1850. But already in 1825 "demand has decreased, and so has the quality of the buns."

Easter Eggs were colored, scratched, left by a hare for some unknown reason, hunted, rolled, thrown and struck against another egg to see which cracked.

Hot cross buns generally were carried in baskets lined with green flannel (to keep warm) and topped with white cloth (for a "clean appearance").
Cornish folklore, and in Robin’s Almanack of 1753 the bun would be hung on the bacon-rack for a year.
Before his death in battle (1801) a young Pennsylvania man “engraved the battle of Bunker’s Hill” (1775) on an egg boiled “in logwood, which dyes the shell crimson, and though this colour will not rub off, you may, with a pin, scratch on them any figure…”
Some eggs had complex designs or colored (as in some upcoming talks)
By the 1880s packaged dyes were advertised and sold.
So what to do with the eggs. The "eggs preserved very carefully in the corner-cupboard; each egg being the occupant of a deep, long-stemmed ale-glass, through which the inscription could be read without removing it." [1830] or... hunt for the hidden eggs.
Or go door to door
Easter Monday games: play catch ...
Easter Egg Roll in DC when schools were closed that Monday. Photo 1889
In 1836 "New-York, eggs, died or stained with a variety of colours, are displayed for sale on Easter-Monday, by grocers, hucksters, fruiterers, and other venders of edible refreshments. These are called paas-eggs, or pasch-eggs." Two boys would hit the end of the egg held by another. The egg which cracked would be given to the winner.

PAST BLOG POSTS with more info
Hot-cross Buns - 100,000 sold HERE
Hot Cross Buns - kept for a year HERE
Easter Egg games, Roll, Bunker Hill battle egg, Germany 1878, Decorating 1830 HERE
Bacon Racks HERE

UPCOMING TALKS 2022 updated

Ap 3 Sun 3-4:30 Perfecting Pisanki. “painting eggs, in Polish culture.” Evan. Eagle-Orzel Educational and Cultural Exchange, Inc. with tape $15 HERE

Apr 9 Sat 1:30 Capirotada, Mexico’s Lenten Bread Pudding. Alex Peña. Culinary Historians of Southern California HERE Register HERE TAPE HERE

Ap 10 Sun 3-5 Scandinavian Swedish Dessert: Swedish Semlor Buns and Swedish Marzipan Eggs. “On Shrove Tuesday and throughout the Lenten/Easter season in the Scandinavian countries, people indulge in semlor.” Romayne Kilde. Nordic Heart $19 HERE

Apr 13 Wed 2:30 Italian Easter Pie - Torta Pasqualina. Heygo HERE

Apr 14 Thu 7 Pesach: Passover Traditions From Around the World. Avi Hoffman, Arona Roshal. YI Love Jewish HERE

Ap 14 Thu 7:30-9:30 Swedish Kladdkaka (Sticky Chocolate Cake) and Chokladtackta ag (Chocolate covered eggs). Romayne Kilde. Nordic Heart $19 HERE

Hot Cross Buns. 100,000 sold on one day in London HERE Kept for a year HERE

Ap 15 Fri 11-1AMHistoric Hot Cross Buns Workshop. 1830s recipe, history of traditional Good Friday (before Easter) fare, tour of The Regency Town House kitchen. Paul Couchman, The Regency Chef £22 – £29.70 HERE

Ap 15 Fri 2-3:30 Easter Traditions: The story of our spring holiday and its traditions and origins. including hot cross buns, Easter egg hunts… Heritage Lincolnshire £9.21 HERE

Apr 15 Fri 3 Easter food basket from Slovenia. “Holy Saturday we prepare Easter Basket: basket of local specialities which we bring to the local church to be blessed. On Easter Sunday this is going to be our breakfast.” Heygo HERE


-only one of 16 talks in 2021 were taped.

Learn with us Polish Easter Traditions. Food, Easter Basket tradition, painted eggs (some for kids) and fun quick lesson on traditional dances for kids. Polish Klan Association Mar 28 2021 HERE TAPE HERE nicely done


Crane, Walter. The Baby's Bouquet: A fresh bunch of old rhymes and tunes. London: 188-
Hone, William. The Every-day Book. London: 1825
Mayhew, Henry. London Labor and the London Poor. 1851
National Nursery Book c1870
Poor Robin's Almanack. London: 1753
Rowlandson 1820 image, lady at door. British Library online
Smith, Horatio. Festivals, games, and amusements: ancient and modern. NY: 1836

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