The Salad Box changes with the seasons
From the incredibly edible to the oddly inedible, take a look at our top food-themed Easter traditions. We’ve searched far and wide, across the UK, around the world and even in to the annals of history to come up with our list.
Whilst for many Easter morning is an excuse to eat a giant chocolate egg for breakfast, others like to delay the pleasure by hiding them or even rolling them around their garden. If you like to do the latter, you’re in good company, the President of the United States has been inviting families for over 137 years to the White House lawn for the traditional egg roll – involving children, giant spoons and lots of eggs!
It’s not just the Americans that celebrate with a traditional egg rolling game, the Germans, Danish, Lithuanians, Egyptians and the Dutch also partake.
Hot Cross Buns
Eaten across the globe and with their origins in the 12th century these sweet, spiced buns have become synonymous with this time of year. In the 16th Century, Queen Elizabeth I even went as far as to ban the sale of these sweet buns except on Christmas Day and Good Friday.
It wasn’t just their taste which made them so popular. A number of superstitions also exist about the humble hot cross bun. If you share a bun with another person, you’re supposedly going to be friends all year, especially if you say “Half for you and half for me. Between us two shall goodwill be”.
This light fruit cake with layered almond paste or marzipan dates back to medieval times although the true meaning and origin is much debated. Whatever the origins we wouldn’t have an Easter without this tantalising tasty fruit cake. Why not try your hand at some baking this Easter and recreate your very own Simnel Cake – we’d love to see your versions.
Easter lambs (made of butter)
Now to Eastern Europe, where traditionally they sculpt a lamb out of butter which is then used as the perfect centrepiece to their Easter meal. We don’t know if we’d have the patience for it but after seeing some of the finest examples of butter sculpting we feel something might be lacking from our dinner table this Easter.
Murder mysteries and milk
When it comes to strange Easter traditions, Norway is towards the top of the list. Norwegians traditionally watch and read murder mysteries together, TV stations fill the airwaves with murder mystery and milk companies even produce special cartons with mini murder mysteries on their packaging leading up to Easter. A tenuous food-themed link but we couldn’t leave this one out!