Nobody called me chicken. Well, not exactly. But after my newspaper column this week, in which I revealed my fear of not being up to the task of making a panorama sugar egg, I received a number of emails from readers like the following note from Melinda, who encouraged me to take the plunge before next Easter:
"I made them every year for a while when my daughters were small. It really does take just an egg mold, sugar and water--you just have to get the mix of sugar and water right, and scoop out the inside at the right time. I think the cutest eggs we ever did had tiny animals from "The Lion King" inside them from one of those very small playsets they sell (we used to call it the 'Lion King Polly Pocket'). When you peeped into the egg you saw Mufasa or Simba standing on green-tinted coconut grass. Not very seasonally appropriate but the kids loved them!"
As for the amazing egg pictured above it was made by Claudine, a reader whose jpegs offer proof that it can be done. Some of her other handiwork is below, including this inside view (below left) and the bouquet of violets (right), which required a very steady hand.