Add colour: all those pa­gans can’t be wrong

Central and North Burnett Times - - EASY EATING - For more recipes, go to sun­nyqueen.com.au

AL­THOUGH the egg is a Chris­tian sym­bol for Easter, paint­ing eggs to mark fes­tive days pre-dates Chris­tian­ity. Ira­ni­ans, for in­stance, have dec­o­rated eggs to cel­e­brate their new year for thou­sands of years. Aca­demics have also linked eggs and bun­nies, too, to pa­gan fes­ti­vals cel­e­brat­ing fer­til­ity and new life.

Get crack­ing with this great recipe to colour eggs in preparation for Easter Sunday.

Mar­bled eggs

Serves 10 IN­GRE­DI­ENTS: 10 eggs, small bot­tles of red, green, yel­low and blue food colour­ing

METHOD: Place eggs in a saucepan with wa­ter to cover. Bring to the boil, re­duce to a sim­mer and boil for 10 min­utes.

Drain and cover with cold wa­ter.

With the back of a spoon gen­tly tap the eggs to crack the shells in ran­dom pat­terns. Do not re­move shells. Re­turn to cold wa­ter.

Cover the work ta­ble with a plas­tic cloth.

Add 10-15 drops of food colour­ing and cold wa­ter in small deep bowls.

Mix­ing blue and red makes pur­ple, red and yel­low makes orange, green and blue makes aqua, or ex­per­i­ment with your own com­bi­na­tions.

Place eggs in the coloured wa­ter and let sit for about 20 min­utes.

Us­ing a slot­ted spoon trans­fer coloured eggs to a large dish of cold wa­ter. Rinse and one by one shell the eggs to re­veal the coloured pat­terns on the egg white. Cover and re­frig­er­ate un­til ready to take to the ta­ble

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