Easter Eggs Swedish Style

Friday, April 22, 2011

In Sweden for Easter, we often dye or paint our eggs before eating them on Easter Sunday. I dont know where this comes from or why we do it, but it makes them look really pretty and as Im all for making things look pretty, I thought I would share the process!

You need:
*red onions/beetroots/white onions (or any other edible plant which works as a natural dye).
*old tights
*things for making different outlines with (such as pretty leaves, tape, rubberbands or anything else that will lay flat on the egg and will stay there while the egg is boiled).

The process:
Cut the tights into pieces which are big enough to contain the egg and for tying at each end.
Make the egg designs by laying the leaves (or whatever else you have chosen to use) flat on the egg. Put the egg and the leaves inside the cut up tights and tie up one side, making sure the leaves are still flat on the egg, then tie the other side aswell.
Boil the eggs in a pot filled with water and the skins of red or white onions or together with some beetroots. When you take them out, the eggs will be both really pretty and ready to eat!

I boiled the eggs below with red onion skins and used the following techniques:
Top left: tights only
Middle: young black currant leaves in tights
Top right: young black currant leaves and rubberbands in tights
Bottom left: lenses (yup, the edible kind) in tights
Bottom right: tape cut into triangles, no tights

Happy Easter!

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