Saturday, 3 April 2010
Easter Eggs in full Technicolour
If you have had the misfortune to trawl this blog for tutorials, you will have noticed that I am useless at writing them! However, I am of the opinion that if I keep trying, I might produce something that will be of use to someone one day!
Here goes, this is a tutorial for making coloured eggs for Easter (I should know how this one goes, the Little People and I do it every year!):
Eggs (yes really!)
A pan with a tight fitting lid
Food colouring (as many as you like
An egg box
Take your eggs out of the fridge and let them warm up to room temperature. Place them in an empty pan. Fill the pan with water to about 3-4cm above the eggs. Bring to the boil and then boil for ten minutes. Now at this point, if you're just boiling eggs, plunge them into cold water and peel. However, if you're after eggs of the dayglo variety, keep reading.
While the eggs are boiling away, decide how many colours you want to use. You'll need a non porous bowl per colour. Filled each of the bowls with a mug and a half of water, 2 tablespoons of vinegar (I used some old cider vinegar made from apples in my aunt's orchard) and quite a few drops of food colouring.
Once the eggs have had their ten minutes, plunge them into the coloured water and swirl them around a bit.
Take each of the eggs out of their colour baths and dry them off with a bit of kitchen roll. Then place them in the egg box to dry.
That's it! Little Miss loves doing this!
If you're wondering why it there are three types of colour in the 'finished' picture, it's because something went wrong... I was looking for different things to do with eggs and Martha Stuart suggests mixing food colouring with olive oil and rolling the eggs into it to get a marbled effect. Well it might have worked for Martha, but it didn't work for me...
Happy Easter to everyone!