The Sacrifical Lamb of Cake: my (failed) mission to bring Czech Easter traditions to England

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Here it is. My latest attempt to introduce Czech culture to England.  This is meant to be a beranek, a cake in the shape of a spring lamb, traditionally eaten at Easter.

As you can see from the picture, things didn’t exactly go according to plan. The sacrificial lamb of cake was rather too attached to its mould (literally) and didn’t want to come out in one piece. Never mind.

It still tasted good.

Honest. 

Worryingly though my four year old nephew insisted on eating the almost lamb’s nose first leaving the poor creature looking even more deformed. If that’s possible.

I had wanted to bring him a pomlazka but this was vetoed by my concerned sister, who didn’t want her son to think it was okay to hit girls on the bottom with a big stick, whatever the time of year.

Just in case any non-Czech readers think I’m making this stuff up, here’s some photographic evidence (stolen from another blog) of Czech menfolk keeping their nation’s Easter traditions alive:

 

Who said the Czechs were more sexist? 

Hmm, I sense I could have the title of a future blog post there…

 

 

 

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18 Responses to The Sacrifical Lamb of Cake: my (failed) mission to bring Czech Easter traditions to England

  1. Well done for making it. It is more than i have ever done. on Easter Monday I escape from our village elsewhere. Most Czech blokes insist it is not sexist, but I think it is. Some people say it is symbolic, as you pass the health and vitality of the tree to the woman. I find it weird that the girls get whacked, then have to give eggs out. It was most disturbing when my father in law whacked my bum with the twigs one Easter, very odd.

  2. john smith

    Looks more like a size 12 boot than a lamb!
    What did it taste like?
    Good insights into Czech culture – I am keen to understand it more. Thanks.

    • girlinczechland

      A size 12 boot! That made me laugh. It actually tasted fine: I got the recipe from the good old Albert magazine. Sad as it is, I get excited when I go to the supermarket and see there’s a new one out.

      • No need to feel bad about that! After all, isn’t their editor-in-chief the lady who started the Apetit magazine? I always used to get them ‘delivered’ by my gran every month when I was still in Prague, I miss that .)

  3. #13

    Seriously, somebody can think that this innocent tradition is harmful for the kids? I thought it was just an urban legend.

    We look forward to your next year’s beránek, though! 🙂

    • girlinczechland

      I think we’ve already talked about the English and political correctness so I needn’t explain why my sister didn’t want her son thinking it was ok to hit the ladies in the family with a big stick 😉

  4. Sarka

    Já už bych ráda ten slibovaný článek o rozdílech v prožívání Velikonoc Čechy (a Moraváky, Slezany, …) a Angličany (a Skoty, Welšany, Iry)… 🙂

    I don’t think this tradition is sexist, though I’m not very fond of being whipped during Easter. But it’s just fun. … or if it is maybe sexist, it’s still harmless. During the rest of the year the men are quite kind and usually very “podpantoflem” :-).

    • girlinczechland

      Sorry about the promised article Sarka: hopefully next year… And “podpantoflem” is a great word! As you probably already know, in English, men are under the thumb not the slipper! Not Czechman though: he gets his breakfast in bed delivered to him every day without fail. I know, I know, I’m a sucker…
      GIC

      • Sarka

        LOL, you are worse than a Czech girl! 🙂 I don’t know any who would make a breakfast to bed for her man so often. He must be very good that he deserves such treating 🙂

      • girlinczechland

        I know, I’ve completely made a rod for my own back as we say 🙁 Still, he is a pretty good Czech chap in my view…
        GIC

  5. Sarka

    as for the cake – did you use the trick with a damp dish towel pressed for a while on the mould before trying to get the cake out? 🙂

    • girlinczechland

      Hello again Sarka,
      No, I didn’t but I’ll definitely try that next time. Who knows, I might do a re-run in the next week or so: I promised I’d make a beranek for Czechman when I got back from England.
      GIC

  6. Silvia

    Hey, it’s even worse in Slovakia, you will get bucket of cold water in your face, or as it did happen to me on few occasions -I was thrown into river or fountain!!! Now talk about traditions!!!
    Love your blog!

    • girlinczechland

      Hey Silvia,
      I’ve tried to reply to your comment three times but my blog is misbehaving… Anyway, I’m not sure which is worse, being dunked in a fountain or ending up with a sore behind. Either way, I think the best thing for me is to make my Easter trip to England an annual event!
      GIC

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  8. pěkný beránek, trošku crumbled, but stále pěkný.

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