Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog: walksmelbourne.com
Published April 5th 2013
Saucy sculptures or body painting?
So, you've been good all year, and the Easter Bunny found you, and in usual rabbit style, left you with an abundance of chocolate. The thought of cracking through the foil into another chocolate egg just makes you feel nauseous. But what to do? Here's some ideas to get you through your easter leftovers with grace and good heart:
1. Melt them down - add a teaspoon of vegetable oil and melt in a bowl over a gently simmering pan. Cut up some yummy fruit (strawberries, kiwi fruit, mango and bananas), stab them with some toothpicks or a fork and dip them in the chocolate. If you have a fondue fountain all the better.
2. Stash them in the linen cupboard till next year (Yes, go one, see if you can resist them for a whole year. You're a better person than I am if you can!). I hope you enjoy the subtly cocoa aroma of you sheets for the next year.
Asterix and Obelix in white chocolate at the Barcelona Sculpture Museum
4. Find out how to make savoury Mexican mole sauce, made with dark chocolate, and slather it on your favourite cut of beef, or chicken. Chocolate sauce is a South American speciality (no really! Try this recipe from adventurous home cook, Kevin of Closet Kitchen).
5. Crumble the eggs into small pieces and bake them into chocolate chip muffins, decorated with melted chocolate icing and leftover eggs and marshmallows for decoration - freeze for the kids school lunches. Here are some we prepared earlier: