Thursday 15 March 2012

Kitchen Krafts - Ostara Style

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Ostara is around the corner, literally, and so it is that time of year again when we rejoice in rebirth and the coming of the new. Bunnies are a-hopping and eggs are a-popping or a-colouring as it would be today :-D

I want to share with you two versions of egg colouring, one is naturally dying eggs and the other is synthetically dyed eggs with egg colours.

So first here is the natural way.

You need:
Unboiled white eggs
some old pantihose
some spring leaves and flowers (do be careful and not use the poisonous kind!)
onion skins
and a pot to put it all into.

First, taking an egg, decide how you would like to arrange your flowers or leaves on the side of the egg.
 Next, wet the plant piece slightly with some water as this allows it it adhere to the egg so it is easier to place the pantihose over it.
Next place the leaf or flower on the egg and cover and tie with a piece of pantihose.
Next place your onion skins in the pot and cover with water. Place the eggs inside and bring to the boil, allowing to boil for about 10 minutes.

When the time is up, remove the eggs from the water and allow to cool in the pantihose. I did something really cool with the water will get there at the end of the post.
When they have cooled down completely, remove the pantihose and leafy material and give your eggs a shine with a bit of vegetable oil on a piece of kitchen towel.
And Presto - Naturally dyed Ostara eggs.

And now for the not sooooo natural version.

You need:
Boiled eggs - still warm
Egg colourant tablets
Hot water
Elastic, string
Bowls (glass unless you want them also to change their colours)
First wrap your eggs with string or elastic bands in whichever way you would like.
Then add your tablets each to a bowl, add 250ml boiling water and 2 Tablespoons of vinegar
Be careful these colours stain!
Next, place the eggs in the colours that you would like....
And allow to sit for about 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes I placed mine the other way around in a different bowl of contrasting colour.
Once you are happy that they are coloured, remove your eggs from their colour baths and allow to dry.
Unwrap your eggs and once again give them a bit of shine with some oil on a piece of kitchen towel.
There you have it, a fun and easy way to brighten up any Ostara / Easter table. 

Now what else did I want to share......Oh that's right, I didn't want to just waste my onion water that had such a gorgeous hue to it, so I thought I would try and colour some wool which I have waiting to be used in a felting project. So I removed the onion skins, added a little vinegar to the already hot water, put in 2 pieces of wool, wasn't sure how it would go, so I wasn't going to risk the whole 100 grams.....and to my astonishment, this is what came out of it about 30 -45 minutes later:
I still can't get over it, what a beautiful colour! 
Hope you have a blessed Ostara.

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Until next week
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  1. wow I love the way the eggs dyed with leaves came out!

    Sherlock is a TV that was originally on BBC. I've been watching it on Netflix, though!

    1. Hi Erin,

      Oh, okay I think I know which one you mean, I think my hubby watched that one, pretty recent?

      The eggs turned out cool, made devilled eggs afterwards - yummy

      See you soon :-D



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