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Wednesday, April 08, 2009


(the tiles they are standing on are not a 100% flush!)
Happy Easter, or Passover, or Resurrection Day to all! This year it kind of snuck up on me. It is because I don't have the busyness anymore of looking for Easter dresses for the girls, and egg painting for the kids. Also, I am not in the choir anymore which sang Handel's Messiah or another piece of music being studied months in advance.

Instead of the egg painting, I show you the Blue Delft egg holders that my daughter brought, when she went on her own to Holland as a 19 year old.
In Holland, a soft-boiled egg is part of a breakfast you would serve to guests (not as much scrambled eggs, or over-easy. They tend to eat that at another time of the day). Also restaurants serve soft- or hard boiled eggs for breakfast.

So, egg holders are one of the daily dishes items. And if you really like to be up to par, you'll have a crocheted, knitted or fabric egg warmer on top of the egg in the holder, because who would like to eat a cold egg!

You see that each egg holder is a little different. I don't know if the Blue Delft factory has a mold for them, or if it is a hand made item. In any case, they are hand painted.

I took the egg holders from the rack that they are usually on, to see the sides instead of the bottom. The little Dutch farmer and his wife were positioned on top of the rack.
The egg in the middle holder is a ceramic egg with a dolphin painted on it, by my son when he was in elementary school.
Again, a happy Easter, Passover, or Resurrection Day!


Scriptor Senex said...

Lovely egg cups. I remember the knitted egg warmers my Grandmother and Mother both used. I wonder what happened to them. I suppose they were the sort of thing that just got thrown as being out of date and no longer likely to be used. And yet now they would have a wonderful element of nostalgia about them.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Jeanette. At one time Delft things were available and very popular here, but over the years, I have seen less and less of it. I wonder why?

Have a good Easter weekend my friend. :)

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The Gossamer Woman said...

The Dutch overseas are always more Dutch than the Dutch at home.

Rosie said...

Oh, such pretty egg cups; not so much used nowadays as they used to be
is that because people don't have the time, except when on holiday to sit over breakfast, I wonder?
Have a happy Easter:)

jeannette stgermain said...

Scriptor Senex,
Yes, I agree, they would be a surprise nostalgic gift right now:) How times changes our opinion about the value of things!Of course, I don't know when they eat soft-boiled eggs here in the US (never seen them at a restaurant menu).

jeannette stgermain said...

I wonder if it has to do with the following. I know that the Dutch once had a strong influence in South Africa (the WRONG influence, not something I am proud of at all - do you know that "apartheid" is a Dutch word?? But with the years it kind of ebbed away, and with that the Dutch culture - which is a good thing in my opinion.

jeannette stgermain said...

You are so right. If my daughter wouldn't have given them to me, I wouldn't have bought them. But since she was only 4 years old, she is curious about her Dutch heritage. The other 2 kids are less curious.

jeannette stgermain said...

Yes, Happy Easter, Rosie.
Since I haven't lived in Holland for the last 20 years, and only come to visit every few years, I couldn't be certain what the reason is. Here in the US, meals and meal times are much more casual, and some (middle class!) eat out for dinner a few times a week. For $12-14 (per person) one has a good meal here.

Reader Wil said...

My Australian daughter celebrates Sinterklaas, while her friends see Father Christmas.I also love Johannes Passion by Bach, but then I like everything by Bach or his sons.
Have a great Easter weekend!

jeannette stgermain said...

Reader Wil,
You are my kind of person! Bach is my favorite componist. After that comes Vivaldi, Ravel, Corelli (classical guitar music), Handel.

When you live in another country than your own, you choose for some holidays of your own culture and then some of the culture you live in. I really like Thanksgiving, because of the story of the Pilgrims, and...I love to eat turkey:) thank you, and you have a great Easter weekend too.

TheWritersPorch said...

The cups are beautiful Jeannette!
Put on some Bach and have a Happy Easter !

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Carol, you have a happy Easer too! Tonight I'm going to look for the CD:)

matthew houskeeper said...

Happy Easter everyone!!!

Merisi said...

Beautiful collection!

In Vienna, even bakeries with coffee service offer soft boiled eggs for breakfast. My favorite version of a soft boiled eggs is served already peeled, yet whole, in a water glass (here is a post with a picture of just such an egg).

Happy Easter! :-)

jeannette stgermain said...

Wow, the Viennese are so accomodating when it comes to food. I have not experienced the egg in a glass yet, definitely when I come there again, it will be on my list:)
Also, I didn't know you could send a pic with your comment - aaah the wonder of computer technology!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you, and wish you a happy Easter too!

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

In response to the second comment, I think it is because the style is less popular these days. I think that may be why we don't see as many delft pieces.
Happy Easter J StG!

jeannette stgermain said...

since you are into pottery, you should be up on the latest! For me, Delft Blue is a "cultural" thing, because I've been in Delft many times and have seen the factory and their method of working. But, it wouldn't be a bad idea for them, to think up some current-day pieces.
A happy Easter to you and your lovely wife too, Gary!

Denise said...

Very pretty collection of egg holders. We grew up with these in England also, only we called them egg cups and we covered them with egg cosies. It was my favorite thing to do, not only to eat the soft boiled egg inside but the process of tapping the top of the egg, removing it and eating what was inside with this delicate little spoon. On my trip to Germany back in January, we stayed at a hotel where hard-boiled eggs were on the buffet table at breakfast-time, still in their shells to be cracked and shelled by their guests. Another lovely post, bring such nice memories, thank you.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you, glad it was a pleasant memory. Yes, I kinda didn't know what to call them in English :)
I'm planning to look for patterns for those egg cosies, and make a few (for posterity's sake, LOL)
Wow, you travel a lot, good for you!Have a great Easter!

Lynette said...

Oh, all those lovely egg cups, what a wonderful collection of them! Jeannette, I hope you and your family have a very Happy and Blessed Easter.

Wendy said...

I love the egg your son painted. You can see the talent that runs in the family!

jeannette stgermain said...

Agreed, some genes like talents, are a blessing. I will pass on that message to him:)
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