I love Easter. For me, Easter really represents the arrival of spring. It has that feel of new growth and rain showers and things blooming and beginning. I love the symbolism of the eggs, I love the traditional Greek Tsoureki bread my mother makes every year (even though we aren’t Greek), I love making Ukranian Easter eggs (though we also aren’t Ukranian) and quiche and deviled eggs. And daffodils. We almost always have daffodils at Easter.
This year is a little different. We are finding ourselves with way too much to do before the impending birth of our daughter (and the arrival of 7,500 yards of Monaluna fabric), and too few weekends. So, we’re spending Easter finishing the attic. Not quite the spring celebration I’d like, but I’m trying to focus on that “new beginnings” part. I did manage to dye a few eggs, above, with a natural dye technique that my husband’s Aunt Barbara uses, passed down from her Polish grandmother to her mother, and then to her. And now, sort of, to me, except that I’m pretty sure I didn’t do it right, as they were supposed to be more patterned. I love the rich, copper color, though, and it was a great way to re-use kitchen scraps. If you want to make some like them, here’s what you do:
-Save the skins of about a bag of medium yellow onions
-Put the skins in a saucepan of cold water and bring to a boil. Boil for 45 minutes
-Allow water to cool completely, and add eggs. Layer some of the skins over the eggs
-Return water to a boil, and then remove from heat. Allow the water to cool again, and remove the eggs.
If I can take a break from the attic later, I’m going to devil them using the recipe in this post.