I couldn't let January slip by without at least one comment about how early hot cross buns appear at the supermarket these days.... We've still got a couple of months to go but the eggs and buns are already making their presence felt at Coles. Not that I'm complaining, I'm planning to stock up the freezer with chocolate hot cross buns over the next little while.
|The cross cultural, cross celebration use of Easter egg colouring...|
Not that I'm in any position to judge the shops about getting stuck into Easter traditions early. I've made some red eggs using traditional easter egg colouring to celebrate Baby SSG's One Month Celebration Banquet. The tradition marks a baby's first month of life with red eggs and parcels of food given to relatives and friends. Some families also use ginger as part of the event.
Colouring the eggs was really easy. All that's needed in addition to the dye powder is cold water, vinegar and salt. I add a match to the pot to prevent the egg shells from cracking.
Hard boil as you usually do and then drain the water from the pot and leave the eggs to cool.
To get a glossy sheen on the egg shells, polish each egg with a soft cloth soaked in oil.
The eggs are given out with parcels of food. Even numbers of eggs signify a baby boy and odd numbers a baby girl. The significance of the numbers is that they are a kind of wish that the baby will get married when they're older.
One month is a long time in a baby's life.
|Gangnam Style arms and an almost successful attempt at escaping from the high chair...|
You have your own chair at the dining table and you actually quite enjoy sitting there for a few minutes whilst your parents have breakfast.
|Kicking back and watching the world go by....|
And you're just a little more comfortable with all that space that now surrounds you. Compared to what you had a month ago, it must feel as if you're floating in zero gravity at times.
Here's to many, many more exciting months to come.