We all know that the Easter bunny is a rabbit that sneaks into people’s homes the night before Easter and hides colored eggs, chocolates and for the very stylish 😉 , Dello Mano Luxury Brownies . But questions remain – What does Easter have to do with bunnies ? Where did the Easter Bunny originate from? And is the Easter Bunny contactable to tell him that Dello Mano brownies as a great Easter gift and alternative to Easter Eggs? 🙂
Here’s the result of the Dello Mano exploration.
Easter is celebrated in March- April and coincides with the to celebration of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The beginning of spring is the season of new beginning and revival. Some texts believe that the origin of the word Easter appears to lie in 13th century Germany, where the spring goddess Eostre was illustrated as a young woman carrying a basket of colored eggs and 2 baby hares. Thus the name Easter originated for the spring festival.
However, the eggs and rabbits are both a symbol of fertility and they have been used as a symbol of the beginning of new life for centuries. According to some researchers, the Persians used to give out eggs to celebrate the arrival of spring. As the hare and rabbit are the most fertile animals, they were used in various rituals to promote and celebrate fertility.
As Christianity spread, Easter and giving eggs were incorporated into the religion as a religious festival. But our research suggests this symbolization was transformed into the Easter bunny bringing eggs, in Germany in the late 1500s and early 1600s. The Germans introduced the idea of Oschter Haws, which was a rabbit who laid a nest of colored eggs for good children and later sugar and candy bunnies were made to celebrate the holiday. The story goes that when the Germans migrated to the United States and beyond in the 1700s, the concept of Oschter Haws also went along, which later evolved into the present day Easter bunny!
Here in Australia not only was the concept of the Easter bunny introduced but also real rabbits. The rapid rabbit growth soon resulted in them becoming a pest as they began destroying many habitats, causing endangerment to many local animals. Due to this reason, Australians have tried hard to officially remove the Easter Bunny and substitute it with the Easter Bilby.
The Easter Bunny or Bilby, over time has become the most anticipated character after Santa Claus.
Over the past few weeks we’ve had the pleasure of Elizabeth visiting our store and sharing some stories about her family history. Since we love a food history story here at Dello Mano, we thought we’d share it with you.
Elizabeth is the grand-daughter of William Love, a Scottish Chocolatier who settled in and around Woolongong NSW. He was friends with Edwin “Ted” Street (of Streets Ice Cream) and according to Elizabetsh family legend, was in fact the person to teach Ted how to dip his vanilla ice cream heart shapes in chocolate to create the Streets “Heart” Ice Cream. Ted started his ice cream business in his shed and the two men apparently tinkered around together, each sharing their own knowledge and expertise. In 1946, Ted opened a factory in Turella and launched his soon to be very popular first stick ice cream called the “Heart”. On weekends Elizabeth recalled Ted travelled extensively in the region with his cart selling ice cream in the streets.
Edwin Street (1891-1975), by unknown photographer, 1900-10
Up until now I’ve been on a mission to make sure I never ever know how to make a coffee! The reason being, if I learnt how to do it well then I’d need to make it myself. As a mother working and developing a small business it seemed one little luxury that I could hold onto – a cup of coffee and one of our Brownies. However with the forthcoming move to the new Dello Mano home at 29 Doggett St. Teneriffe, the whole team was going off to Di Bella for extended training. Their excitement was just too compelling and I found myself at the training session making my first ever coffee:
I know all of the experts out there can probably tell it wasn’t the best cup of coffee and you are so right! They have all put me to one side now. Of way more talent was our lovely kitchen team – they all did brilliantly. Don’t they look proud of themselves:
and of course the leader of the coffee “pack”:
Needless to say everyone is still making me coffee!
I hope we see you at the new 29 Doggett St. Teneriffe store soon!
We love doing things a little differently at Dello Mano and really are intrigued by people or things that are not your norm.
We were seriously amused when we met with our lovely floor guy at 29 Doggett St., the new Dello Mano home. We were there to discuss options of vinyl or epoxy on the kitchen floor. Having decided on our floor type, our very friendly and most accommodating floor man asked me what colour I’d like the floor to be. I said very practically “something easy to keep clean” and he said “well, how about this colour I put down up north last week”. With that he casually kicked up his leg and pointed to a spot on his boot -this was our unique paint colour chart!
We just loved his attitude so much that the blue grey spot on his boot just had to be the colour of our new Dello ManoBrownie kitchen floor! And so it was…
(and if you are wondering we are still thinking about drawing some inspiration from his socks 🙂 )
PS : Not only a great man but did the most amazing job of our floor – importantly with such a positive and caring attitude. Lucky us!