Sunday, April 4, 2010

Spring Bunny

Happy Easter!

When I was shopping for the stuff for this meatloaf, I couldn't resist picking up an Easter lily and other pretty spring flowers. I figured I'd use them in the presentation and then bring them to my grandmother. It was worth it to see my daughter, 22 months, walk down the Park Slope street in a spring dress, carrying flowers. But I digress.

The bunny is covered in lots of ricotta cheese to give him rabbit-like fluffiness. (And come on, that cheese makes anything taste good.) For the pink in his ears and nose, I repurposed last week's pink mashed potatoes. And his eye is a simple bean.

Before baking, I used a knife to carve out lines on the basket. I hollowed out the basket using 3 raw eggs while baking. After it cooked I removed those eggs and replaced them with eggs my kids had colored and decorated. The two eggs on the right say Melody and Theo. Also in the basket is some curly parsley.

The "grass" is created from chives...I didn't trim them because I liked the look of the wild grass.

My intent was for the bunny to be peering in the basket, but my husband says it looks like he's pushing the basket. What do you think?


  1. That was one yummy bunny! The cheese on top even went well with the lasagna! My daughter always 'hops' to a new challenge- you won't find her 'loafing' around!

  2. Elyse, I thought the bunny was peering into the basket. Please explain how you hollowed it out with 3 raw eggs...?

  3. Pune, this is a delayed response, putting three raw eggs in the raw meat and baking, the meat solidified around the eggs so that when I took the eggs out, the holes had been formed and I could now insert the decorated eggs.