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Eggs

The Headmaster
Added on: 2 April 2007

In my childhood, not so long ago in geological time scales, children would still go birds' nesting (though it was already illegal). For the generations before, egg collecting had been seen as a wholly laudable pursuit, combining an interest in cataloguing with the risking of life and limb. Now of course eggers can be locked away for the crime (see story in the Guardian).

Easter is only a few days away. What do eggs have to do with nailing up Jesus? Unless it concerns the approximate timing of the immaculate conception (or is it just that birds lay about now?*) Likewise the Easter bunny.

*A little research: eggs featured in ancient spring festivals, predating Christianity. They fit in with Easter as it marks the end of Lent, so strict Christians can eat them again. Various myths and theological justifications have accreted. Similarly pancakes are associated with Shrove Tuesday at the beginning of Lent: using the eggs up.

Which leads me to my top tip: if you like spirits on your pancakes (and not everybody does, when I asked for this in Turkey I was looked at as if I'd asked for whisky on my cornflakes) then try tequila in place of the more normal brandy or calvados. The slightly burnt taste of the tequila sets off the pancakes a treat.

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