Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Colorful Easter Eggs, Naturally...




Being raised by a Jewish mother and a Christian father in the atheist Soviet Union, I, somehow, remember coloring eggs when I was a child. And since my mother would never color eggs using chemically made food die, we would wrap eggs in onion peel, and boil them for about 15 minutes. The result - brown eggs on the Easter Sunday table...

I continued the tradition in my home. Every Easter Sunday, except for one, we colored eggs brown. But this year I felt that we can do better than just one color, and that there must be another edible plant that could turn eggs into different colors.

So I searched for ideas, tried them out, and came up with a very neat colors! Naturally, I want to share the recipes with you!

Shopping list:
White eggs
Brown eggs
Red Cabbage
Beets
Red and/or yellow onion peel
White vinegar

Step 1: Dice cabbage (don't sweat too much over it, though). Put it in a pot with water. Turn the heat on high to boil.

Step 2: Shred beets. Put them in another pot with water. Turn the heat on high to boil.

Step 3: Put onion peel in the third pot with water. Turn on high to boil.

Once boiling, turn heat down to low, and let them simmer for about 20 minutes. Then, remove pots from the heat and let them cool.

Step 4:
At the same time, hard-boil eggs. Since white and brown eggs come up with different colors, make sure you get a few of each. Once ready, place the eggs in cold water. Set aside to cool.

Step 5:
Prepare glasses or plastic containers where you will be placing eggs. Drain the cooled and colored liquids into cups. Add 1 tsp of white vinegar to each cup. Place the eggs into the containers and refrigerate overnight.
*To get good brown color, wrap an egg into onion peel, place into the onion liquid, and refrigerate overnight.
Here are the results I got in the morning. I was so excited!
Make sure to take the eggs out of the containers carefully. When they are wet, the color scratches off easily.
 Beautiful! Cabbage turned white eggs in blue and brown eggs into charcoal. Beets turned white eggs into pink and brown eggs in to red. Onion, turned eggs into a dark deep orange I would say.

Family was very happy to finally have eggs colored in other than brown! And then, of course, it was breakfast time... more like a champaign brunch. Cheers!

With love always,
xo, Zuma A.

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