Red Easter eggs…and the odd yellow one.
I usually dye the eggs in red, it is a traditional colour with religious significance, but I also like to have a few yellow or green. Yellow for the sunshine that gets hotter by the day, or green for all the nature coming back to life.
As an Orthodox, my ‘official’ Easter is a week on Sunday, on the 8th April, so I’ll have to celebrate then as well. People would take eggs to the church to get them blessed by the priest.
The tradition with these eggs is to pick one, and hold it above another one held by a friend or family member. Then you say: “Christ is risen’, your friend replies ‘Indeed he is risen’, and then you try to crack the other’s egg with yours. You are allowed one hit.
Then role reversal: your friend says “Christ is risen’, you reply with your sentence, then your egg gets a battering. The winner is the person whose egg survives intact or with the least injuries. Ah…and the winner gets to eat 2 eggs 🙂 This is like a national sport over the Easter weekend and a few days after: basically you can’t eat a dyed egg without the magic ritual.
This is my little story about the Easter eggs. This Sunday, I’ll be eating mainly the chocolate ones, and one or two of these beauties, on toast with a lot of spring onions.
To dye the yellow egg I used turmeric. This is the recipe:
3 tablespoons turmeric
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1 egg (but you can use 3 or 4 in this mix)
Boil the egg in the colour-mixture for 3 minutes. Set aside and leave to cool completely (around 15 minutes). Using a slotted spoon, take the egg out and allow to dry. Then rub with a little olive oil, for shine.