I’m a little late in getting these posts to you. It’s been a hectic few weeks, between getting used to schedule changes and finalizing the details of a divorce that’s been a year in coming. The good news is that, even with the two days of snowfall we’ve had since, Ostara was last Sunday, and it was of course, celebrated with delicious food. Since it’s been that kind of week, I’m offering you dessert first 🙂
Ostara is celebrated at the Spring Equinox, which fell this year on March 20th. It’s a celebration of not only the changing season, but of rebirth and rejuvenation. Ostara’s a great time to color eggs as a symbol of fertility (sound familiar?), and welcoming the goddess from her long sleep. It’s also a great time for some spring cleaning, to plant, and if you believe in fairies, leaving something sweet out for them overnight (much like the tradition of the Easter basket).
I think the fairies would be pleased with these bird’s nest treats. They’re simple enough to make that children could help and they’re a very cute and tasty dessert to welcome Spring. They have the added benefit of combining the crunchy, salty chow mein noodles with the sweetness of chocolate and jelly beans.
Chocolate Chow Mein Bird’s Nests
1 bag (16 oz.) chow mein noodles
28 oz. milk chocolate bark
jellybeans (or other candy), for decorating
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.
Pour the chow mein noodles in a large mixing bowl.
Pour the chocolate over the noodles and stir to coat completely.
Drop the noodle mixture on a waxed paper lined baking sheets by 1/4 cups. Shape into “nests” if necessary using clean hands.
Put the jellybeans onto the “nests.”
Place into the freezer to set completely before serving.