Thursday, April 5, 2012

Something Unexpected

If you don't have chickens to lay your multi-colored eggs, there are tons of recipes for making natural egg dyes around the internet.  Some pretty good guides can be found here and here.  It's a tradition in mine and Kat's family to have onion skin dyed eggs every year.  Last year I hosted my family for an Easter brunch, and at the last minute decided to dye some eggs.  I had dried hibiscus on hand and thought that a pop of bright pink would look great on the table.  To my surprise, that was not at all the color they turned.  They instead turned out a really beautiful speckled grey.

To hard-boil eggs and dye them with hibiscus, here's my method:

Place your eggs in a large pot and cover with cold water.  Add 1/2 c of dried hibiscus flowers (I picked mine up at our international food store, Super G).  Bring to a boil and remove from heat.  Cover and let stand for 10 minutes.  Drain and rinse eggs with cold water.

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