March 28, 2015

Happy Easter - With Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

by Anja
 

Spring is here - finally. The Persian New Year started and as we still try to cope with the sudden and tragic loss of our friend Puya we prepare for Easter.




I have to say that I was never really excited about this holiday and never went out of my way to decorate the house, make any special meals or prepare Easter eggs. But now I have two girls at home who cannot wait for the day the Easter bunny visits and they can go for their egg hunt. And I guess it's a nice occasion to come together with family and spend some time over a nice Easter brunch. So, this year I am actually dyeing Easter eggs and already think about what to serve for Easter brunch. I looked into many different ways how to dye my eggs and felt really drawn to a natural way of doing this. So, here is how it goes:
All you need are some fresh organic, free-range eggs (both, white and brown work), onion skin (about 4-5 cups at least), some nicely shaped leaves/herbs (cilantro, parsley, or dill work well, but get creative) and old nylon stockings.



Fill a medium-sized pot with onion skins (the more you add, the richer the color will be). Add about 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil.
In the meantime, place one or two leaves on each egg and tightly wrap with a piece of nylon (about 10cm/4-5'' long). Use a string to bind together or simply knot together the ends of the nylon.

Once the water boils, carefully put the eggs into the pot, making sure they are compeletly covered with water. You can add a splash of vinegar for the eggs to better absorb the color (optional). Boil for 10 minutes, then remove. Let cool, then remove nylons and leaves. If you wish you can apply some coconut oil for  a nice shine. Easy, isn't it. And all natural.

Onion skins will give you a nice brown color. You can play with other ingredients for other colors. Beetroot for red eggs, spinach for green ones, turmeric for yellow ones, red cabbage for blue ones. I tried beetroots, but wasn't too happy with the results. I used one beet for 4 cups water, and got a very pale orangy color. So, if you opt for beetroot, use at least two or three I would suggest.

Let the egg hunt start soon!
Happy Easter everyone!

And if you're not into celebrating this holiday, have a wonderful Spring! May it be warm, sunny and happy wherever you are.

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