Easter has been hard for me to celebrate in Korea. For the first number of years there were no chocolate eggs and I didn’t belong to a church to remember to get dressed up for. My mother would dress my sisters and I every Easter all up in white and with little hats and gloves and baskets with flowers to go to church. I don’t anyone who does that anymore. I stopped attending church regularly when I started going to university for different reasons and I never found one I liked in Jeonju. But I digress. Church always reminded when Easter was because in Korea it doesn’t mean anything as a holiday. In Canada we always had Black Friday (the Friday before Easter) off of work and school. What I really enjoyed about Easter was the Easter egg hunt. My parents would hide eggs around the house and when my sisters and I came home from Sunday school we would hunt for them and put them in our baskets. They wouldn’t be real eggs, but chocolate eggs in brightly colored foil wrappings. As we got older, my parents became more creative with their hiding. Sometimes we wouldn’t find all of them and then we would find them from time to time during the year, and often at Christmas. We would color real hard boiled eggs because everyone else did but I never liked eating them very much, but they were pretty and it was fun.
I made some small chocolates with Christmas shapes that I found in Bongsan. The first time was a disaster. I tried to use chocolate chips and they just stayed in the molds. I had to use hot water to get the chocolate out. After finally cleaning out all the chocolate in the small corners with a brush, I went on Youtube and watched a bunch of videos. I found them quite helpful and my next try was easy. That success encouraged me. In January I found a bunch of Scottish terrier molds of different types and sizes on the internet, as well as some castles, bones and others. In February I made my first 3D mold. It was of a Scottie dog to give to my vets and his assistant as a thank you for trying to save my dog Tasha’s life. One didn’t want to eat it, she thought it was so pretty.
Now it is Easter. I have made the larger chocolate 3D rabbit for a number of my friends and my volleyball coach. Most of them were very moved because they had never received anything homemade like that before. I even made small rabbits and tulips in chocolate, Some I made with dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate. On some I made a combination of white and dark chocolate. I painted white chocolate on the inside of the mold with a paint brush I bought solely for that purpose. It looks a little messy but it still tastes delicious. I still have one special one to make. Eunha likes coffee very much so I want to make hers coffee flavoured – mocha. I bought special coffee flavouring in Seoul so after I finish writing this column I will go home and test some chocolate with the coffee flavouring and then make her rabbit. After that I will make my rabbit. Then another experiment – hot cross buns, using my bread machine to mix the dough. If that works, I may make more bread. Another hobby?