What about eggs for Easter? Search, paint, roll and three unconventional recipes to prepare iROZHLAS

Let me quote myself: “A year ago I wrote in my gastrogloss that a strange time would soon pass and everything would be as it should be again. It has met year after year, and Easter is in sight and “normal times” in sight. Although I was pessimistic, I still can’t get rid of my innate optimism. Normal weather is still in sight, and the year between last year and Easter this year has pushed normal weather a long way. But she will come.




GASTTROGLOSIS DAGMAR HART
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Chili-spiced eggs with crab sticks Photo: Dagmar Heřtová Source: Czech Radio

Hard-boiled eggs are a symbol of Easter. Their message of the toughness and determination of Christians and humanity to overcome trials and trials is more appropriate today than ever. The same goes for other attributes, such as fertility and recovery. It is amazing how these symbols are gaining prominence today.

The egg has become a symbol of our greatest Christian holidays also because we copy each other. The pagans considered the egg a symbol of the regeneration that spring undoubtedly brings.


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It is a tribute to nature. However, Christians, they felt morally and spiritually much further and higher, and so they borrowed eggs from the Gentiles not as a rebirth of nature, but a rebirth of Jesus Christ. Just call things the right name and color the eggs to make everything look perfect.

The custom of colored eggs for Holy Week dates back to the Middle Ages, at least since the 13th century. The exact origin of the tradition is not known, but the church had a hand in it, which I do not blame, on the contrary. I really like coloring eggs and I have always involved the children in coloring and we had a lot of fun.

But I bounced back and went back to old habits. It was forbidden to eat eggs during Holy Week. However, you do not explain something similar to the hens and they “brazenly” continue to carry. For believers, the eggs laid were different at that time, so they began to color them. At first they painted them mostly red, which was to symbolize the blood of Jesus shed on the cross.



Dagmar Heřtova

Food blogger and food journalist, who regularly contributes to print and online periodicals mainly with information on ingredients, their processing and recipes. On the Tastejourney website, he writes about food, new trends and shares gastronomic travel ideas.

Over time, everything turned out as always. Everyone wanted to be better, to show they did, the number of colors increased and in many cases it ended up looking as good as our traditional decorative eggs. Their name is part of the original Old Slavic history, in which the red color was called “krasnyj”.

Don’t take everything seriously!

We are just people and we each have enough worries and problems. So it makes sense that even such serious things as fasting and hard-boiled Easter eggs can be mocked.

The British have plenty of games to play with eggs. The best known is the “Easter Egg Hunt”, which contains elements of detective directly. Lest they be a nation of Sherlock Holmes, and children play detective with various clues. The adults hide chocolate eggs in the garden and tell the children where they are in different ways. Whoever finds the eggs receives a treat as a reward for their proven intelligence.

The National Trust organization that manages Britain’s monuments has a similar hobby. In castles, castles and gardens, children solve assigned tasks related to local history and the necessary detective intellect. Whoever is the first to solve the difficult task associated with the movement of the body and brain in nature will receive a large chocolate Cadbury egg.

A little easier fun is rolling the eggs down the hill. The rules are simple. Your eggs must arrive on arrival first and must not be cracked. Interestingly, even behind such an innocent game there is a symbol to commemorate the rolling of a stone from Christ’s tomb.


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The English have a lot of fun, which I confirm with the enthusiasm of their children when they came home from school with a “caught” chocolate egg during this period and told me stories like How to Come to an Egg. On the other hand, the little Brits will not have as much fun as our children with the traditional Czech pomlázka.

If you have enough eggs, we’ll pounce on them

We will not learn from other traditions of our Christian world, but we will take advantage of the fact that we can already taste colored eggs at Easter. I have prepared for you non-traditional recipes that are worth preparing.

Today is White Saturday and I won’t ask you to whitewash the house before sunrise, blast the cottage with a new broom, because as you know the new broom will do just fine. We won’t even cook lamb, spread or bread.

We will prepare delicacies from boiled eggs, of which you certainly have enough on the table today and some change in their consumption will help.

First instructions will be eggs with spicy crabmeat topping and wine dressing. The second eggs will be baked with feta cheese and prosciutto, much like small fries. The advantage is that it is cooked entirely without flour, the filling is completed with small Spanish peppers. The third recipe is unusual – beet eggs – is associated in a non-traditional way with Asian cuisine, at least in terms of the egg filling, which I will taste Japanese mustard with horseradish and mustard. Accompanied by beets and sesame seeds, it is a great delicacy, suitable for a festive table.

Chilli Spicy Eggs with Crab Sticks

Chili-spiced eggs with crab sticks Photo: Dagmar Heřtová Source: Czech Radio

Ingredients:

  • 8 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 small shallot
  • 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons quality wine vinegar
  • 150g chilled crab sticks
  • pinch of ground peppers (cayenne pepper)
  • sea ​​salt, freshly ground black pepper
  • a handful of fresh dill
  • a handful of fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon of pink pepper

Method:

First, boil the eggs in water for 10 minutes. Cool them in cold water and peel them. Cut the eggs in half, remove the yolks, reserve the egg whites. Mix the yolks in a deeper bowl with finely chopped shallots, mayonnaise, vinegar and mustard until smooth. Then taste or salt, add a little pepper and chop the dill into the mixture. Cut the crab sticks into small pieces and put them in a bowl, mix lightly. Fill egg halves with mixture, season with chilli and add red pepper and chives.

Egg muffins with feta

Ingredients:
for 11 pieces

  • 6 eggs
  • 10 slices of prosciutto
  • 150g feta cheese
  • 150 g pedrone peppers
  • a handful of curly parsley
  • a handful of chives
  • sea ​​salt, freshly ground colored pepper

Egg muffins with feta Photo: Dagmar Heřtová Source: Czech Radio

Method:
First, heat the oven to 170°C (hot air). We wipe the muffin pan with oil and put a slice of prosciutto in each. In a deeper bowl, lightly beat the eggs, add the crushed feta, sliced ​​herbs, parsley and chives, and save a few herbs for garnish. Now we add a seedless padron pepper, which we cut into approximately one-inch pieces. Season with a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper. Pour the mixture evenly into the prepared proscible molds. Bake for 20 minutes until muffins are cooked until golden brown. After removing, let them sit for about five minutes, then garnish with chopped chives and serve.

Wasabi Asian Eggs on Beets

Eggs with beets Photo: Dagmar Heřtová Source: Czech Radio

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 4 small boiled beets
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons wasabi mustard
  • sea ​​salt and freshly ground pepper (preferably Sichuan)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • juice of 1/2 small lime

To serve:
marinated sushi with ginger slices and soy sauce

Method:

First, boil hard-boiled eggs for 10 minutes. Remove, cool immediately in cold water and peel. We’ll set them aside for now. Cut the cooked beets into small pieces and transfer them to a resealable bag. Gently place the eggs in a bag of beets and mix gently. Close the bag and leave it in the refrigerator for at least two hours to allow the eggs to color, occasionally stirring gently. Remove the eggs from the bag, cut them in half, put the yolks in a bowl and the whites on a plate. Add the wasabi, mayonnaise, a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper to the bowl and mix everything gently. Fill the eggs with the mixture and place them on a plate. Brown the sesame seeds in a dry pan.

Wasabi Asian Eggs on Beetroot, Serve in Sushi | Photo: Dagmar Heřtová Source: Czech Radio

Season the beet pieces in the bag with salt, pepper and a few drops of lime and shake. Place the beets on a plate, preferably rectangular or square, place the stuffed eggs on top and garnish with sesame. We serve sushi with ginger and soy sauce, it is also possible to mix wasabi with soy sauce.

Good taste and Happy Easter!

Dagmar Heřtova

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