Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs Never Looked So Pretty!

Easter is just around the corner!  I have always loved Easter and the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs and more Pretty Easter Eggs!!!!

But even as a kid I was interested in finding ways to dye Easter eggs without the use of chemical dyes.  What can I say, I guess I was always meant to be a Naturopath who eats Real Food!

So one year I checked out a book from the library about the history of coloring eggs and found the directions to make these gorgeous eggs from things available in every kitchen . . .

It is actually so easy to make these beautiful eggs that look as though they were carved from marble . . .

To make these beauties you will need to assemble a few common items from your kitchen:

  • Fresh white eggs
  • An assortment of herbs, edible flowers or grass and leaves
  • Papery skins from red or yellow onions
  • Coffee grounds
  • Kitchen twine

Place the onion skins in a bowl of water to soften slightly.  Choose the herbs, flowers, leaves or grasses that you want to use to make the scene on your egg.  It's best to choose very small herbs and flowers to create a bouquet, or a large one to create a single image. Dip both the egg and the herbs in water to help the herbs "stick" to the surface of the egg.

Once you have your scene set on one side, lay the egg - scene side down - on an onion skin, then continue creating all around the egg.

Using two or more pieces of the onion skins, surround the egg completely.  Wrap your egg with kitchen twine to secure the onion skins.

Carefully place eggs into a wide bottomed pot in a single layer.  Add 1/3 cup coffee grounds and cover with enough cold water to cover the eggs with 1 inch of water.

Using low heat, bring the water to a slow simmer and cook about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat, cover and leave about 10 minutes.  Using a slotted spoon remove eggs from the coffee, and place into a bowl of cold water for 2-3 minutes.  

When cool enough to handle, snip the string, remove the onion skins and admire your beautiful creations!  You can lightly rub with a little oil to enhance their shine.

Chilled, these eggs make a beautiful centerpiece in a simple bowl or in individual egg cups as a part of each place setting.

The coffee and the onions do not effect the flavor of the eggs, so they can also be enjoyed in a soft boiled state by simmering 5-7 minutes, then dip in iced water, remove string and skins, place in individual egg cups and serve!

Or after you've enjoyed them as a simple but gorgeous centerpiece and want to turn them into an elegant appetizer like this . . .

Updated Deviled Eggs 

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I do hope you give them a try!

Dr. P

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