Natural Easter egg decorating

For April our cookery school is offering a delicious Easter menu of activities. 

For children we are offering four dates where they can come and keep busy by doing some cooking during the Easter break.  We will include an Easter egg hunt and of course our composting session which is so popular with the kids.  April 3, 5, 10 and 12  4- 6pm are the dates to put in the diary!

If baking is your thing, why not join us for our baking class on Friday 21st April at 11am, where we will be making festive treats to celebrate St George’s day.  And if you fancy a meal with a difference, join us for our Monthly Cookery Club on Wednesday 19th at 7pm, where we will be celebrating Easter the Ethiopian way.  Chef Tsige will show you how to make a delicious Ethiopian meal.  This is a class not to be missed.

And for our tip of the month here is a fun and economical way to making Easter eggs.

To start with you will need the real article: real hen’s eggs and a few natural ingredients such as onion skins, red cabbage and beetroot.

After soaking boiled eggs in the different mixes you will end up with a beautiful selection of colourful eggs that can be decorated with natural leaves, fern and flowers. The result? Gorgeous eggs that can be eaten too as everything used is natural.

For the different colour of eggs you will need the following:

For a pink egg: 2 cups grated beetroot and 1 tablespoon of vinegar

Orange – about two handfuls of onion peel

Yellow – 1 Tablespoon of turmeric and 2 tablespoons vinegar

Green/Blue 2 cups of shredded red cabbage and 1 tablespoon of vinegar

Marbled blue – 2 cups crushed blueberries

First of all put the eggs in a pan (one pan per colour that you want to create) and add enough water to cover the eggs by 1 inch.  This is the necessary amount of water you will need.  Take the eggs out and then you can place the onions or beetroot or cabbage, depending on what colour eggs you want to make.  Bring the water to boil and simmer covered for about 20 minutes.  Add vinegar and keep warm.

While this is happening you can create your designs by wrapping the eggs with blades of grass, flowers, leaves or just leave blank.  You can fasten the designs with some cloth or pantyhose.  Like this:

Then put the eggs in the pan –making sure they are completely covered; and bring to the boil, reduce the heat to simmer and simmer covered for about 20 minutes or until the eggs have coloured nicely.

Take out of the pan with a slotted spoon, leave to cool and then peel off the decorations so you’ll end up with beautiful printed eggs.

This is a great activity to do with children, just ensure they are kept away from
the hot water and fire but they can be great helpers with the decorating.

Now you are all ready for a great Easter Egg Hunt!

Photographs and some text courtesy of bigisislilsis.com