The Easter holiday, foodwise, has always been a hit with The Kid. We donâ€™t have a big meal along the lines of a freshly slaughtered lamb or some Spring chickens or even a leg of ham. What is a constant, regardless of the meal that we have that day, are the sweets and the goodies that come with an Easter Egg Hunt and Easter baskets. I know, itâ€™s certainly a Western tradition that we have adoptedâ€¦it always seems a bit bizarre to partially sponsor a beach each hunt for Batangas kids or to see youngsters coursing through gardens like locustsâ€¦but since the kids love itâ€¦why not? While this year was the first that we didnâ€™t play any April Foolâ€™s tricks on each other (The Kid had no partners in crime sleeping over, and well, maybe she isnâ€™t a Kid anymoreâ€¦), we still colored eggs and Marketman still felt a strong compulsion to load up on treats. Thank goodness my sister sent all the bells and whistles from new York, foil covered bunnies and eggs, marshmallow chicks, etc. because for some reason, absolutely NO ONE in Manila seemed to get into the Easter groove of thingsâ€¦
There were no pastel Hersheyâ€™s kisses anywhere, and I even had to go to 3 different stores to find the sugar eggs and they only had one size and simple designs. What is going on? Nobody bothers to gussy up a little for Easter anymore? Itâ€™s bad enough 99% of the population wouldnâ€™t even know what an Easter bonnet is, but no goodies??? Last Saturday I was so thrilled to find these terrific Easter themed sugar cookies decorated with icing at the small Classic Confections stall of Baba Ibazeta at the Salcedo market that I bought nearly everything she hadâ€¦ at PHP100 for 3 nice cookies, it was certainly easier that baking them up myself! Finding the sugar eggs that I recall from the time I must have been 10 years of age was a quest this year. I finally found them at Goldilockâ€™s in the basement of Landmark Department Store after trying Rustanâ€™s, Red Ribbon (where the saleslady looked at me like I was a Martian for asking for sugared eggsâ€¦I can only imagine what she was visualizing if she didnâ€™t know immediately what I was seeking) and other places.
I mean, am I the only one that has fond memories of these bizarrely colored almost inedible eggy wonders? Do folks not appreciate the wonderful crack they make when you smash them against a hard surface? Does it not thrill you to find a few lousy Nips inside to stain your fingers and tongue? Geez, such killjoys. I also found some terrific looking swirly lollipops that are locally manufactured and very reasonably priced…they look colorful and bright, but they have to flavor. At any rate, throw in some â€œpaper hayâ€ that we always have in stock and it was beginning to look a lot like Easter from a sweets/goodies point of viewâ€¦ Every year I also wrap up over a dozen â€œeaster baskets,â€ which now no longer have baskets, to give to kids we know. They donâ€™t have to be very fancy, its more the thrill of getting the goodies that matters. And trust me, these kids remember the occasion and look forward to it each year. I realize as they get a little older the thrill will end, but why not feed the joy while it still has a positive effect? So little effort for so many smilesâ€¦and possibly, cavitiesâ€¦Next up, coloring the Easter eggs, of course!