That food is hot cross buns. My parents came by and joined us for just in time for this traditional Easter food. They'd never had hot cross buns until today so I had them beat by about eight or nine years. I'm not exactly sure why we never had them. According to Wikipedia there are a number of superstitions surrounding the hot cross buns. These include the following:
- Buns baked and served on Good Friday will not spoil or become mouldy during the subsequent year.
- They should be kept for medicinal purposes.
- A piece of it given to someone who is ill is said to help them recover.
Sharing a hot cross bun with another is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year, particularly if "Half for you and half for me, Between us two shall goodwill be" is said at the time.
- Because of the cross on the buns, some say they should be kissed before being eaten.
- If taken on a sea voyage, hot cross buns are said to protect against shipwreck. If hung in the kitchen, they are said to protect against fires and ensure that all breads turn out perfectly. The hanging bun is replaced each year.
Overall this was a fantastic Easter dinner. Aside from the pouring rain and the fact that maybe a cat may have fallen into the creek by our house I'd say this may be the best Easter ever.
Next year I'm going to dive in and save the cat. That would be the only way to top today.