Okay, I’ve got a confession to make. I don’t really celebrate Easter. I don’t really know why it’s celebrated either but please feel free to educate me in the comments below.
What I know is that it’s associated with rabbits, chocolates and eggs. I like rabbits, chocolates and eggs so I guess that makes me like Easter too!
In conjunction with Easter Friday, I’ve decided to pimp up my eggs. Dyeing eggs is actually a very familiar activity for the chinese community as it’s common to dye eggs in red for someone’s birthday. It is believed to be auspicious for someone celebrating birthday to consume red eggs as it symbolises good luck, fertility and longevity.
# – Easter eggs, chinese style :D
What you need are:
- Eggs, decide your own amount
- Liquid food colourings
- Enough water to boil the eggs
- White vinegar
- Sandwich bags or freezer bags, one for each colour
Instead of using the colour red though, I’ve chosen fuchsia pink, blue and green for this edible project ;)
# – First, put the eggs in a pot of water.
# – Bring to boil for 7 minutes. Then turn off heat and leave the eggs to cool in the water for 5 minutes. You can then remove the eggs from water and let them cool for a further 1/2 hour.
# – After eggs have cooled down, lightly tap them against a hard surface till cracks appear all over. Be gentle as you want the shells cracked but still intact.
# – Cracked eggs.
# – Now prepare a freezer bag or sandwich bag for each colour you’re using.
# – Now stick your eggs into each bag and start dyeing. As I used liquid food colouring, all I did was pour in a tablespoon of dye into the bag.
# – Roll the eggs around in the bag to make sure the shells are properly coated with dye. Leave for 30 minutes to allow colours to absorb.
# – After 30 minutes, rinse the eggs under water to remove excess colour in the sink. Then splash the eggs with some white vinegar to set the colour.
# – Use a paper towel to dry the eggs up. They are now ready for showing off!
But there are more surprises….
# – When you feel like eating an egg with a sprinkling of salt, grab an egg and peel off the shell…
# – Tadaa! Surprise marbled easter eggs, DONE!
Love, love, love how the marbling effect has turned out!!!!!!!!!!!
# – The green marbled egg.
# – Cross section of green marbled egg.
# – The fuchsia pink marbled egg.
# – Cross section of fuchsia pink marbled egg
# – The blue marbled egg.
# – And lastly, the cross section of blue marble egg.
Think of all the possibilities you could do with these colourful marbled eggs? Add colours to a bland salad? Perk up a plate of “nasi lemak”? Convince a picky child to finally eat some hard boiled eggs?
For me though it was just a really fun way to acknowledge Easter. My favourite part was definitely peeling the shells off for the unveiling!
# – Have a great Easter Weekend!