Who Was That Masked #Easter Bunny?

Heidi, the youngest character in Jane Eyre Gets Real by Annabelle Troy always looks forward to Easter. The holiday matches her own innocent, optimistic and spring-like personality. So she was especially proud to learn that in her home country, #Switzerland, you can buy chocolate bunnies wearing masks, a sweet response to #Covid19. Made in the tiny Baeckererei Bohnenblust Bakery of Bern–say that 3 times fast!–the little rabbits, each equipped with a spun sugar mask, are hopping off the shelves. To add to their charm every sugar mask is topped with a bright red heart. Bohnenblust may have been the first one to … Continue reading Who Was That Masked #Easter Bunny?

Be A Heroine: Rescue A Rabbit

Did you know that February is Adopt A #Rabbit Month? So if you are not ready for the commitment of a child, or even a dog, a bunny might be a good place to start. Rabbits are intelligent and naturally hygienic–they can be taught to use a litter box; they are non-vocal (except when they purr), and they don’t need much physical space, not even a hutch. They are better off inside than outside and make for content apartment-dwellers.  Moreover, they come in many varieties, all with great names such as Easter Cottontail, Flemish Giant, Jersey Wooly and Fuzzy Lop. … Continue reading Be A Heroine: Rescue A Rabbit

Happy Bling #Easter

Jane Eyre may spend this Sunday dyeing hard-boiled eggs the old-fashioned way, without vinegar, and with a lot of onion skins, plants and whatnot. Dorian Gray, her fellow character in the novel Jane Eyre Gets Real, prefers a more decadent approach. These are his picks for a most extravagant Easter holiday: Have the $2000 “Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata” at Norma’s in New York City’s Parker Meridien Hotel. Made with an entire lobster, six fresh eggs and chives, and served over a bed of Yukon gold potatoes, it’s really the 10 ounces of Sevruga caviar that makes the dish so costly. Carry … Continue reading Happy Bling #Easter

Taking a Peep at Pepys

Hester Prynne, who appears in both The Scarlet Letter and Jane Eyre Gets Real, may have committed adultery–but she never celebrated Easter. Dyeing eggs and hoping to spot a life-size rabbit would have been considered much too pagan for a Puritan gal.  However, as a fortunately literate woman of the 17th century (Puritan men and women were taught to read so they might peruse the Bible), she might have kept a diary–just like her contemporary Samuel Pepys. Samuel Pepys was Chief Secretary of the Admiralty under King James II. Though we can’t be sure he invented bell bottoms or sailor suits, he … Continue reading Taking a Peep at Pepys

Victorian Lamb #Cake for #Easter

  Cakes in the shape of a lamb are an adorable Easter tradition in many parts of Europe, including Italy and Poland. Jane, the lead character in Jane Eyre Gets Real, always bakes one for Easter. She has shared this post with you on other holidays but is doing so again for new readers. (TIP: for Halloween, bake a red velvet version of this cake–blood of the lamb–and take its head off before you serve.) First, get a lamb mold (online or at an Italian bakery). Second, follow this receipt: LAMB CAKE RECIPE 2 cups all purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking … Continue reading Victorian Lamb #Cake for #Easter

Get Your Bonnet On

“Women of fashion have decreed that it is ‘bad form’ to wear new and gorgeous apparel on Easter Sunday in the bourgeois manner of past years, irrespective of the appropriateness of the season or the occasion…The day for women to appear in gaudy clothes, topped by summery hats, on a cold, blustering day of early spring ‘because it is Easter,’ and their toilets have been created for the dress parade that follows the Easter church service and must be worn, is emphatically a thing of the past and has been for several years now…” The excerpt above was written in … Continue reading Get Your Bonnet On

Counting Your Chickens Before They’re Hatched: Very Victorian Spring Problems

This year the spring equinox was March 20, so it’s official: we have sprung! Victorians, who loved all categories, enjoyed celebrating this season with their usual aplomb. Hence, the cast of Jane Eyre Gets Real presents Very Victorian Spring Problems:   Your Chickens Have A Better Love Life Than You Do You Dress Your Children In White & Expect Them Not To Get Dirty Your Greenhouse Looks Like A Mausoleum   Everyone Else Has Gone A-Maying But You’re Stuck At Home Baking Scones  Your New Pet Refuses To Play Fetch   Rabbits Are Taking Over The School System The Flowers In Your … Continue reading Counting Your Chickens Before They’re Hatched: Very Victorian Spring Problems

Victorian Lamb Cake

A classic spring dessert. Enjoy! Cakes in the shape of a lamb are an adorable Easter tradition in many parts of Europe, including Italy and Poland. Jane, the lead character in Jane Eyre Gets Real, always bakes one for Easter. (TIP: for Halloween, bake a red velvet version of this cake–blood of the lamb–and take its head off before you serve.) Where to get a lamb mold: http://www.kitchenandcompany.com/bakeware/molds-specialty-bakeware/_/Lamb-Mold?tc=gfs13&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=Large%20Lamb%20Mold This company sells both large and mini versions. LAMB CAKE RECIPE: 2 cups all purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/8 cups sugar 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 2 … Continue reading Victorian Lamb Cake