Add colour: all those pagans can’t be wrong
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.
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