DO YOU WANT AN EGG?
Easter eggs have ancient roots that are linked to rituals celebrating the beginning of spring and therefore renewal and fertility.
Why do we give an egg as a gift at Easter?
And why is it made of chocolate?
In ancient times, the egg was a gift that was exchanged in springtime and contained a wish for fertility and abundance, it was customary to give real, decorated eggs, while in the last century the use of chocolate has revolutionised the concept of Easter eggs.
"All living things are born from an egg"
Egg symbolise the arrival of spring,
the consequent reawakening of nature and
the beginning of a new cycle...it is about something
that comes to life.
The egg was therefore a pagan symbol which was later absorbed into the Christian religion. Even before Christianity, the egg symbolised the rebirth of nature in the transition from winter to spring.
Eggs are powerful spiritual symbols in nearly every tradition, though their specific significance does vary.
They are little packages of potential containing all that is needed to create life wrapped up in a protective shell.
An egg symbolizes life, birth, perfection, and even the Universe.
The egg contains life, it is life, but it is not a living thing and this makes it a potent magical tool.
Eldred Thorsson described the cosmic egg as
"the fertile void from which all things spawned and
the home of the primeval beings."
I really like chickens!
It is common to think they are stupid, they are not at all.
Now I have no animals, none whatsoever, not even a louse,
but I have had a hen house and hosted two hens, Judith and Rebecca and a rooster, Jeremiah (great singer).
I found them very organised, grateful and punctual!
Pity they weren't clean!
In traditional recipes, eggs are a very common ingredient,
in fact, until the generation of our grandparents, it was common to have a vegetable garden and few hens.
There was never a shortage of GENUINE eggs.
A word, a concept, a fact that I love very much: GENUINE,
from latin: natural, native.
I don't care if a product is has bilogical label but I look for genuine products!
Which means that the eggs of the old farmer,
born from happy, free and healthy hens,
will be healthier than those bio-organic we buy at the supermarket.
The eggs of the farmer are not labeled ..but they are genuine!
To be clear, for a supermarket egg to be biologic it is only necessary that the hens in the case have eaten a higher percentage of organic food than industrial food.
The conditions of the animals remain often extreme and are still subjected to common health prophylaxis.
Bio yes, but genuine?
That's why I really like to buy my ingredients from local producers, from small companies, from farms.
Returning to eggs...
at Easter it is nowadays customary to give eggs made of chocolate and containing a surprise!
Good surprises are always a good idea!
Chocolate comes from cocoa and is a very special food!
Its history is in fact very old, and its name heralds its qualities: Theobroma Cacao, the food of the gods.
Cocoa plant has always had a magical value for South American people.
Nobles, kings and priests consumed cocoa during sacred rituals.
For the ancient Central and South American,
cocoa had aphrodisiac and energising powers,
as well as being a source of wisdom.
Love to Taste is a notebook that contains a list of the energy qualities of the most common ingredients, could not miss the cocoa!
Taken from the text:
Cocoa has an ancient history which takes us on a fascinating journey through time.
Cocoa is a "poetry of taste",
a powerful, sacred ingredient.
It is said to improve the mood, containing several components that are associated with the emotions of happiness that are very pleasing to our inner child.
Chocolate is a "self-cuddle", sometimes necessary.
Tradition also says that cocoa can awaken hidden desires and reveal people's destinies.
It is an aphrodisiac ingredient, a sacred food that gives strength.
A little chilli pepper amplifies its powers.
However, not to think that the ancient Maya or Aztecs ate chocolate bars as we do today.
In fact, the cocoa beans were processed and then boiled,
other spices were added and it became a hot drink, 'xocoatl' from the word xoco, bitter, and atl, water.
Cocoa was used in this way for centuries until Europeans arrived. According to many historians, it was the Spanish Hernan Cortés who first brought cocoa to Europe, for the nobility and the rich.
In the 19th century,
several confectioners and inventors began to process cocoa, with the first hydraulic machines.
After several attempts, they managed to extract the cocoa butter and turn the cocoa into powder.
This process was perfected by the founder of the Lindt chocolate, Rudolf Lindt, using machines imported from Italy.
Since then, chocolate has become a popular food and cocoa an ingredient we eat every day.
Gifting a chocolate egg for Easter is a really good wish!
The surprise is accompanied by joy and amazement !
Let these be auspicious emotions for the new cycle that begins!
How to make a chocolate egg at home?
It's not hard but you will need some tools:
1-easter egg mold
400 g of dark chocolate
Melt the chocolate by steam.
That is, you bring water to a boil and place a bowl on the pot in which we will pour the chocolate. Slowly this will melt without ever burning.
When chocolate is melted and looks like a homogeneous cream you bring it to a temperature of 32 degrees, stirring occasionally.
Now you can pour it into your mold, carefully moving it so that the chocolate is distributed on the surface evenly.
After turn the mold upside down so that the excess chocolate falls out.
At this point chocolate will need to cool, 15 minutes in the fridge, 15 in the freezer and you will have your egg divided into two halves.
Now you can put a surprise inside!
Then heat a frying pan,
place the egg on it for a few seconds, the chocolate on the edge will melt allowing you to glue the two halves together.
The Handmade Prosperity Sweet Egg!
We just have to decorate it to our liking!
<3 Love to Taste