Traditional Dyed Easter Eggs

27 Mar

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So far this week has been a laugh or cry kind of week. So here is something to put a smile on anyones face.

Talking to my lovely Romanian friend Mrs P over coffee, she started to tell me how they celebrate Easter back home.

Being Orthodox Christian she told me how they decorate their eggs on Good Friday, go to a midnight service at Church and then when they come home they tap their decorated eggs together Saying “Jesus has risen” and replying “Indeed he has” before breaking their fast and eating it.

She beautifully evoked an atmospheric celebration. Full of tradition, ceremony, candle light and community.

Mrs P told me how they dye their eggs in Romania and so I could not resist giving it a go.

Mrs gave me these instructions.

1. Wash your eggs really well with soap and warm water to take any waxy residue off the surface.

2. Hard boil the eggs. I did mine for 10 mins.

3. Once your eggs have cooled, tie them up in old tights or stockings

4. In a jug add some really warm water and plenty of the food colouring of your choice. Don’t be too conservative with the dye or the eggs won’t take.

5. Dip your stockinged eggs into the dye and leave them in there until you can see that the shell has taken the colour.

6. Allow to dry off a little. Mrs P suggested putting them in muffin trays.

7. Remove the stockings and finish drying the eggs with some kitchen towel.

8. To get that lovely sheen add a tiny drop of olive oil to some kitchen towel and gently massage in to shell.

I tried yellow food dye and green which did not seem to be as affective. I am going to give red a go next.

The egg at the front of the picture had been wrapped in patterned tights which show up nicely.

Mrs P told me that she sometimes adds things to the stockings like leaves or herbs in order to get patterns and imprints on the surface. I think I will try that with the children over Easter weekend.

Egg sandwiches for all!

Wishing you a Happy Easter break x

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3 Responses to “Traditional Dyed Easter Eggs”

  1. anna m March 18, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    It’s great to hear about the traditions of other countries and these look lovely, thanks for linking up to pintorials

  2. Louisa March 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    A lovely idea. Introduced to your blog from #pintorials. I’ll certainly be back for inspiration

    • hannahblythin May 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

      Thanks for taking a moment to read. Pop by any time xx

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