Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mexican Cascarones for Easter

What about Mexican Cascarones for Easter?


Like the dye and decorated Easter Eggs, you remove the inside egg from the shell before decorating and replacing it with confetti. With this Hispanic tradition, you can use the inside for any recipe like the Spanish Tortilla.


Legends originated the Cascarones in China and been brought to Europe by Marco Polo. In Italy they were used as a courting ritual, filled with perfume power. The custom traveled from Spain to Mexico in the mid 1800s by Emperor Maximilian’s wife. It was in Mexico that the perfumed powder was replaced with confetti. The Cascarones may be thrown or crushed over the recipient's head. That part we didn't do it. 

In addition to Easter, Cascarones have become popular for occasions including birthdays, weddings, Day of the Dead, and Cinco de Mayo.

Reading for this month:

 

Dance of the Eggshells/Baile de Los Cascarones 

By Carla Aragon, Kathleen Dee Saville (Illustrator), Socorro Aragon(Translator), George Gonzales (Translator)
A bilingual children's story that explores the family bond created through traditions passed on by grandparents. The book doesn't tell the origin, but in Italy they were used as a courting ritual, filled with perfume power. The custom traveled from Spain to Mexico in the mid 1800s by Emperor Maximilian’s wife. It was in Mexico that the perfumed powder was replaced with confetti. 
Great book for Easter and spring time celebrations.


Happy Easter!


Mis Cascarones Mejicanos
Como los tinturados y decorados huevos de Pascua, usted retira el interior del huevo antes de decorar y reemplazarlo con confeti. Con ésta tradición hispana, puede usar el interior para cualquier receta como la Tortilla española. 


Felices Pascuas!




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