Yesterday was our day to color eggs for the Easter bunny to hide. As usual, I took the opportunity to give a lesson on why we color eggs and where the story of the Easter bunny comes from.
I love the story of Ostara, goddess of spring and fertility. Arriving late for spring one year, she was saddened to find a tiny bird whose wings were frozen by the long winter’s snow. Ostara turned the bird into a snow hare, giving him the ability of speed to avoid hunters and survive the winter but she honored his past form by allowing him to lay eggs. His eggs were no ordinary eggs, as they were all the colors of the rainbow!
As the story goes, however, Ostara was angered by the hare’s wild ways with the lady hares and banished him to the skies to live out the rest of his life as the constellation Lepus, forever under the careful watch of the constellation, Orion, the hunter. Still favoring the animal, Ostara allows him one night of freedom each year, to come to earth and hide his colored eggs for the children.
Adapted from Simply Recipes
- 1 dozen hard-boiled eggs, peeled
- 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 Tablespoon green onion, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon Cholula hot sauce
- Using a sharp knife, slice each egg in half, lengthwise. Gently remove the yolk halves and place in a small mixing bowl. Arrange the egg white halves on a serving platter.
- Using a fork or potato masher, mash the yolks and add mustard, mayonnaise, onion, Cholula, and salt to taste. Spoon egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves. Sprinkle with paprika.