Springtime: Easter Egg Dyeing with natural colors

FrΓΌhling

I just love to fuel my body with fresh radishes, young asparagus and the like during those first warm days of spring. It’s just so much fun to eat all the young greens and workout in this amazingly warm sunshine. What about you, are you with me? Let’s get a bit freaky and let’s be crazy healthy for a couple of days. Can I count you in? You know, if we eat and act healthy every day (just a bit, let’s not get overambitious) it also means that we can allow ourselves to have a treat every now and then.

So, how about a nice piece of birthday cake at a fantastic party? Ok, the introduction was really bad, however you might have guessed it: my BIRTHDAY is in April!!! You cannot see it, but I am performing a little dance right now, just as I always do when I think about this wonderful day. I am a huge fan of birthdays in general and, of course, the biggest fan of my very own. This year, I enter the big THREE and I am so looking forward to it. Unlike many others, I cannot wait to leave my twenties behind: finally being a grown up (as far as the idea), finally being reasonable (just kidding), finally thirty!

You probably will not be celebrating my birthday, even though I would like to recommend it to you, so let us talk a bit about Easter, the better known celebration of the month of April. A great day for Christianity, and also a nice celebration for those who do not belong to this religion.

Easter is a bit like Christmas light: the family comes together, but without all the stress, there is something delicious to eat and you even get a small present. I find it particularly relaxing that the gifts for Easter are clearly defined. You do not need to give the presents as much thought as you do on Christmas, because it is clear: the presents are pretty, colorful eggs.

Actually, dyeing Easter eggs is a fun activity for young and old. When I was little, I often helped with my Mama dye eggs, however it is also a great idea for your next girls night: prepare all ingredients, make some snacks and pop open a bottle of sparkling wine. For all your lovely ladies who are really conscious about health and the environment, I would like to recommend the technique of my grandmother. Every year my Oma creates the most beautiful eggs with natural colors of onion skins, which she decorates with leaves and flowers. It costs little, is fun and you can get creative with the ingredients, such as spinach for green eggs, or beetroot for pink eggs. I opted for the classic without pattern and colored my eggs using onion shells for a red brown, blue by using red cabbage and yellow by using turmeric. Super simple, just take a look:

Easter Egg Dyeing with Natural Colors

Red Brown Easter Eggs

6 white eggs

3.5 oz red onion skins

6 cups water

2 tbsp vinegar

Boil the onion skins in the water and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the vinegar and cook the eggs in it for 10 minutes. For a uniform color result, you can remove the onion skins before you put the eggs into the mixture. I did not remove them because I like the light stain pattern. For a deep shade, the eggs should rest in the onion water overnight.

Blue Easter Eggs

6 white eggs

1/2 red cabbage, roughly chopped

6 cups water

2 tbsp vinegar

Boil the red cabbage in the water and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the vinegar and cook the eggs in it for 10 minutes. For a uniform result, you can remove the red cabbage before you put the eggs into the mixture. For a deep shade, the eggs should rest in the red cabbage water overnight.

Yellow Easter Eggs

6 white eggs

3 tbsp tumeric

6 cups water

Boil the water and add turmeric. Let your mixture sit for 30 minutes. Boil it again, add the eggs and let them cook for 10 minutes. For a deep shade, the eggs should rest in the turmeric water overnight.