Saturday, April 23, 2011

Our assembled Easter basket

We made a few changes in this year's basket.  It's a lot heavier than usual this year, too! *L*   Fitting it all in is always a challenge.

Our Easter basket

In our basket, we have:

Bread (recipe here) - "symbolic of Jesus, the Bread of Life."
eggs; kraszanki (onion skin dyed eggs) and peeled eggs (first soft boiled, their shells cracked, then boiled in a tea and chai spice mix for about an hour or more) - "indicate new life and Christ's Resurrection from the Tomb."
butter (mixed with garlic, parsley and paprika) - "reminding us of the goodness of Christ that we should have toward all things."
salt - "So necessary an element in our physical life, that Jesus used its symbolism: "You are the salt of the earth." "
chrzan; grated dried horseradish root (I've also used prepared horseradish paste or a chunk of fresh root) - "Symbolic of the Passion of Christ..."
sausage (garlic) - "indicative of God's favour and generosity."
ham (a Polish ham we found at the Italian Centre grocery store) - "Symbolic of great joy and abundance."
cheese (we chose friulano, this year) - "symbol of the moderation Christians should have."
prosciutto rosettes (new this year, in place of the more traditional bacon, which we've never included before ourselves) - "A symbol of the over abundance of God's mercy and generosity."
olives (garlic stuff and almond stuffed - new this year) and
olive oil (new this year) - The olive tree symbolises wisdom, peace, hope, light, fertility, health, wealth and balance.
candy coated chocolate eggs - my one concession commercialism. ;-)

This will be part of our brunch tomorrow, and some of the ingredients will be used to marinade the lamb I'll be doing this year for dinner.