To celebrate the Orthodox Easter, I decided to enjoy a little tradition and get crafty in my kitchen by decorating some eggs.
I remember the very first time I ever received hand-painted eggs. My Dad’s friend from Cyprus visited us with a huge basket full of exquisite eggs painted in red, gold and green. I must have only been about six years old at the time, but I remember just how beautiful the designs were.
Now, unfortunately I am no great artist – nor do I have the steady hand or patience to create dozens of impressive designs. But after feeling inspired by my friend Greta, I decided to dunk my eggs into homemade, natural dyes.
I followed this great tutorial and the process itself was super easy and enjoyable. Armed with my ingredients (shredded red cabbage, peeled onion skins, parsley leaves, water and eggs) I got to work.
The red cabbage created a grey-ish blue dye, whereas the onion skills made a gorgeous burnt orange colour. One thing I loved about decorating these eggs is how the parsley leaves created such simple, yet unique patterns on the eggs. Next time I make them, I would love to add a flower’s head to the design and to try some other colours – maybe even trace over the leaf print with some gold paint.
All in all, I had a lovely time getting crafty and decorating the eggs. One thing is for sure, I can definitely imagine making these with a kitchen smelling of sarmale and freshly baked cozonac – oh, I can dream!
Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!