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Showing posts with label Easter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Easter. Show all posts

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Ice Dyed Holiday Eggs

I probably used way more pink than I intended to.

Tis the season for egg-dying and I must say: it's one of my favorite springtime activities. Since we've now designated them as "holiday eggs" instead of Easter Eggs, everyone can enjoy them!

(And can I just say how beautiful it is that Easter/Ostara is on April Fool's Day this year? I mean, come on. The possibilities are endless. Chocolate-covered brussels sprouts for cake pops? Covering grapes in chocolate egg wrappers? Telling your kids that you hid the eggs outside when THERE ARE NO EGGS?!?! Come on. It's too easy.)

The cool thing about decorating eggs is that you can go crazy with things. Thanks to Pinterest and curious crafters all over the world, there are about a million different ways you can do the egg dying thing! I have a pinterest board that's just full of holiday ideas (four or five of which out of the near 100 pins I've actually tried out) that proves just this. And, hey, those are only the ones I've found.

One of the things that I've noticed about the few pins on egg dying that I've tried is that they take too long. I am, admittedly, one of the most-impatient people on the face of this planet; that being said, I wanted to try a technique that was fast-ish, and let me do other stuff while it sat all in one place. Enter the ice dyeing.

Ice dyeing is a really neat technique that you use on clothing to get neat tie-dye effects. The cool thing about ice dyeing is that you don't need to mix a bajillion different buckets worth of dye in all of your different colors; you just dump a bunch of ice all over your fabric, sprinkle the dye where you want it in whichever patterns you want it, and then go do something else. Another cool thing about dyeing with ice is that (I hear) it yields brighter colors. The design aspects get a little better with that as well, as you don't have to worry about something bleeding over. You should definitely try ice dyeing the next time you feel like giving life back into an old pair of sneakers or a tee shirt or white dress that's too stained to do anything with so you just dye it instead.



Since I didn't have any powdered food dyes (or, rather, I only had green) I used liquid food dye. After boiling my eggs for precisely 11 minutes, I evacuated them and set them in a strainer over a pot. Once my eggs were drained, I layered them between ice and dye. All I did was put down a single layer of eggs in the strainer, cover with ice, and drop in dye here and there. I repeated until all of my eggs were covered with ice and dye, and then I went off to clean the kitchen.

Since the eggs were hot, the dyeing process took a mere 10 minutes. Granted, I had a lot of ice - but the point is that it was relatively fast and it was fun to see a transformation happen right before your eyes.

I used a lot of pink and red in the lower layers, so a good portion of the eggs turned out rather pink. The marbling on the bottoms and tops were just glorious, and it's a great way to do a large-ish batch of eggs at one time. Fun! Oh, and here's a tip:

If you boil your eggs with a pinch or two of baking soda, and then shock them with ice, your eggs will peel MUCH easier than they would have otherwise. And if you feel like making it into an egg salad, press the peeled eggs through a cooling rack for a quick-and-easy chop.



Hope you all enjoyed. Happy dyeing and happy eating!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

I've been wanting to post for awhile, now, but I haven't a clue as to what to post about. I suppose that it couldn't count as writer's block, if it's something like this. It's not that I have something to say, but can't; it's just that I don't have much to say.

Work has been great. The dessert buffet for Easter turned out great. I didn't do the fruit carving sculpture that I wanted to, mostly because I just lost motivation. I wanted to concentrate on getting the chocolate fountain to the perfect fluidity...which I did! Here's a picture of my buffet.



The chocolate fountain stayed that gorgeous fluid shape the entire day, which went from 9 am until 4 pm, and that was something that I was extremely proud of. Pictured closest to the camera would be my Brioche bread pudding, which was scented with vanilla bean and cinnamon, and baked with dried apricots. I've been taking lots of pictures of my bread pudding process, which will come in a later post! I'll probably finish it on Tuesday, only because I want a picture of an actual slice of the stuff with the creme anglaise all draped over it, like a lovely blanket of custard and warmth. Look forward to that!

I didn't really have that big of an Easter this year. Usually, I'll spend Easter Sunday with my family, and my dad will have our egg hunting competition. This is where my father(a 40-something white man that wears Ralph Lauren Polo) and I (his Asian 20-something muscular daughter) go around my grandmother's house with pastel Easter baskets trying to find the most eggs. It's hilarious, I'm sure, to the outsider, but we take it very seriously. The only reason we stopped doing it was because it was making my little cousins cry that they could only find 1 egg each and we both had our baskets full.

After the egg hunt, we would make deviled eggs and eat honey-glazed ham with potatoes. I wish I could have been back in Tucson to show off my pretty dyed eggs, done naturally! If you want to do these next year, check out my tutorial here!


I still can't get over how blue the eggs turned using just a few red cabbage leaves...

Anyway, happy Easter to all who celebrate it!