Today I was up bright and early for one special reason; today is Holy Thursday. On this day we, the followers of the Christian Orthodox Church (not all), traditionally, get up at the crack of dawn and begin to dye our first red eggs.
The very first egg that comes out of the dye is said to be the “Holy Egg”; this egg is believed to be the guard of the house, and that egg sits in its own single-egg cup until the next year’s Holy Thursday.
Interestingly enough, the Holy Egg does not rot. It sits there for one entire year and nothing happens to it. Every year, as soon as I replace the egg, I crack the old one to see if it has gone bad, and it never has. Isn’t that amazing? That’s food for thought.
So as soon as I was done with the red batch, I began to work on the more colorful ones!
I wanted to share with you a Dying Easter Eggs technique that is super easy and super-duper fun! I did this with my little one this morning, she’s only one and a half years old, and it was one of the best times we have had together while working in the kitchen.
You will need:
- White napkins or paper towel
- Food colors – I used the “Neon” collection by McCormick
- Eggs, boiled
- Cooking oil
- You might also want to put on some kitchen gloves (optional)
- In the middle of a single napkin drop one drop of each food color (your choice of colors) in one spot.
- Put the egg in the middle of that spot, roll it up in the napkin, rub it, then unroll it, and with your index finger placed underneath the colored spot on the napkin, start dabbing the colors around the egg – you will soon see a colorful, tie dye egg.
- Let it dry.
- Once it’s dry, put a dab of vegetable oil on a single napkin and just lightly brush it around the egg – this will give the egg a beautiful shine.
- That’s it!