The Maypole is to celebrate May Day or Midsummer. It is most popular in Germany, Spain, France, Sweden, Austria, England, USA, and many other countries. In Italy, May Day is called “Albro della cuccagna“ which translates in English as “trees from the land of milk and honey.” May Day, is a public holiday all over Italy as the day of the worker. Many services will be closed but you may find interesting parades and festivals to celebrate the day. Maypole Dancing is now regarded as the most 'traditional' of May Day's characteristics.
In the United States today, a Maypole Dance is an important part of many Elementary, Secondary or High School celebrations. Often the Maypole dance will be accompanied by other dances as part of a presentation to the public. When I was in elementary school, our class had many “May Day” celebrations. It took place in the school yard and all the grades participated. Many of my readers will remember my grandmother “Nanni” who I have written about in past posts on my blog. For those who do not know her story, I will tell you a little about her. Nanni’s profession was a milliner and an interior decorator. She made hats for those of you who do not know what a milliner does. She was very creative and had finesse for making beautiful things. She had her own business which was called “Roberta Originals.” Well, one year she had heard that my school wanting to have a May Day celebration. She thought that it would be a wonderful idea if she made and donated the Maypole for the children to use for the celebration.
She spoke to the school and they agreed. So she made this huge very colorful Maypole. She attached streamers of colorful ribbons on the top and added decorations to the pole which gave it just the right touch. I was so proud that my grandmother (Nanni) made this for my school. After it was made, and the school had possession of it, we learned how to dance around it to create the braided ribbons. My family came to see the classes perform with the Maypole in the school yard that spring. If I remember correctly it was in the 1960’s. My parents took movies and photos of the Maypole celebration, but to no avail I have not found any photos yet. I have been searching for photos in my parent’s albums and boxes. If I find them I will post them on this blog.
Now, I have a very unforgettable recipe to share with you. It is a Blueberry Lemon Muffin. It is very good especially with a cup of coffee or tea. The blueberries are so sweet and the lemon gives this muffin a fresh flavor. As you enjoy these luscious muffins you can think about the flowers blooming and the sun shining. Plus the aroma of the muffins baking in the oven brings back memories of home, family, and fun mainly May Pole Dancing.
Yield: 12 muffins
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Zest of one lemon
1 cup milk
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 Tablespoon real fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 375°F degrees and spray muffin tins with cooking spray or use paper cups. Mix dry ingredients and set aside. With a mixer beat eggs, milk and butter. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in blueberries gently. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
For the Topping:
Combine butter and lemon juice for the topping. While the muffins are still warm, dip the tops in the butter and lemon juice, and then dip in sugar. Enjoy!
Till Next Time………………………………...
Copyright © 2015 “Family Plus Food Equals Love” All Rights Reserved