Using water to purify oneself is inherent in Easter and Passover rituals. After forty days of being bone dry, baptismal fonts are filled with water on Easter dawn in many churches.
Early in the Jewish Seder feast celebrating Passover, an age-old ritual of washing hands before partaking in karpas (parsley, celery or other greenery) is performed. (Water is poured 3 times over the right hand and then the left.)
Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines are where the masses go to celebrate the holidays in Japan. Japanese partake in water rituals at the entrance. Here’s the quick how-to brought to you by the Ninja Baker’s friend, Ryo Shimizu. (We met on a TV set in LA where Japanese-English bilinguals were needed. Ryo-san’s wife, Nozomi Fujii creates gorgeous traditional Japanese dolls, which are featured here.)
In addition to respecting the rituals of the Buddhist and Shinto religions, my family attended church on Christmas and Easter. After the inspirational songs and sermon given by the Australian minister at St. Alban’s, we often headed over to the Tokyo American Club buffet.
Ikebana floral arrangements fit for the Imperial Palace were artfully placed throughout the club. The spring flower compositions replicated the words of hope and renewal expressed at church. But I confess, the dessert display was a mighty distraction. Fruit tarts, strawberry shortcake, coconut cake and chocolate in every heavenly form were available. And petit fours! My simplified version of the sweets for #SundaySupper follows shortly.
The Ninja Baker's Petit Fours and Ikebana.
The highest flower is the heaven flower; the middle represents man or nature,
the yellow buds closest to the ground symbolize terra firma.
First, please accept this invitation to share your favorite Easter and Passover treats at the #SundaySupper Twitter event. The party starts at 7 p.m. ET on 24 March 2013. Click here to participate. The always-creative Carla of Chocolate Moosey hosts. You can be sure the event will be super sweet!
Cherry blossom fondant cutouts and sugar bunnies garnish the Ninja Baker's Petit Fours.
The Ninja Baker’s Petit Fours
1. Pour Simple White Cake batter into a parchment lined mini jellyroll pan. The recipe is found here at Allrecipes.com.
3. Cut the cake with a square 2.5” x 2.5” cookie cutter.
4. Freeze overnight.
5. Spread ¼ to ½ teaspoons of organic strawberry jam on the square cake tops.
6. Roll out pastel fondants on a powdered sugar sprinkled cutting board covered by wax paper.
7. Carefully wrap squares with fondant.
8. Garnish with additional cherry blossom fondant cutouts or other festive decorations.
Note: Be prepared to roll out and repeat the process several times.
To avoid rapid drying and stiffening, place your fondant under plastic wrap.
For your own Easter and Passover buffets, check out the other delicious delights from #SundaySupper food bloggers.
- How To Color Easter Eggs Naturally from Shockingly Delicious
Breakfast, Breads, and Buns
- Bunny Rabbit Bread from In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maurene
- Easter Brunch Creme Brulee Baked Oatmeal from In The Kitchen With KP
- Fresh Blueberries Hot Cross Buns from My Cute Bride
- Hot Cross Cinnamon Buns from girlichef
- Jamaican Easter Spice Bun from The Lovely Pantry
- Paska - Ukranian Easter Bread from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Portuguese Easter Bread | Folar de Pascoa from Family Foodie
- Resurrection Rolls from Neighbor Food
Appetizers and Sides
- Asparagus, Brie & Ham Crostini from Daily Dish Recipes
- French Gratin Potatoes (Dauphinoise) from Simply Gourmet
- Lemon Glazed Carrots from Curious Cuisiniere
- Not So Deviled Eggs from Country Girl in the Village
- Orange Raisin Couscous from Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Potato and Leek Gratin from Webicurean
- Spinach Spaetzle (Spinat Spaetzle) from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Roast Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Rosemary from Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Ham from The Meltaways
- Sicilian "Enchiladas" from The Cooking Actress
- Alebele - Goan Coconut filled Pancake from Masala Herb
- Bunny-Approved Baked Easter Doughnuts from The Weekend Gourmet
- Carrot Cake Cheesecake from Chocolate Moosey
- Coconut and M&M's Cookie from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Coconut Cake with Coconut Buttercream from Juanita's Cocina
- Coconut Cupcakes from Magnolia Days
- Cream Cheese Candies from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Easter Cookies: Carrots in Dirt from The Urban Mrs
- Easter Egg Cookies from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Easter Simnel Cake from Happy Baking Days
- Exotic Walnut Cookies from What Smells So Good?
- Honey Panna Cotta with Grand Marnier Roasted Figs from Gourmet Drizzles
- Japanese Easter, Petit Fours and Flowers from Ninja Baking
- Nutella Easter Egg Candy from The Messy Baker
- Old-Fashioned Peanut Rolled Eggs from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Painted Sugar Cookies from Ruffles and Truffles
- Strawberry Bundt Cake from Basic N Delicious
- Charoset from The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Flourless Chocolate Torte from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Moroccan Haroset from MarocMama
- Pavlova with Red Berries, Lime and Hibiscus from YinMom YangMom
Wine Pairing Recommendations for #SundaySupper Religious Feasts from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Wishing you rites and rituals of joy and renewal.
The Ninja Baker
© ™ Watkinson 2012
The Ninja Baker has guest blogged and contributed recipes to numerous food sites. These additional recipes can be found here.