The stores around London were a madhouse today... we noticed it first thing in the morning when we enjoyed a family trip to the market - it seemed the crowd had doubled or tripled from the week before. After dropping Chris and Sophie off at home I completed a list of errands that had me at the mall (which was crazy!) and the LCBO (even crazier - I waited over 10 minutes in line at the cash register just to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner!) I was relieved to return to my jostling-free home this afternoon for some quiet time with Sophie and Chris. It's Easter weekend, which gave us lots of themed activities to choose from for our quiet time... we went with dying Easter eggs for tomorrow morning's breakfast. Sophie picked the colours and I mixed the dyes while Chris cheered us on and offered us all manner of helpful egg-dying utensils (who knew a pasta spoon was such a perfect egg-lifter?) Here are the results of our efforts - I hope they taste as good as they look at breakfast tomorrow!
Bold & Bright Easter Eggs
- Hard boil your eggs while preparing the dyes so they can be transferred almost immediately from pot to dye.
- In a non-absorbent cup (ex. no plastics or ceramics with hairline cracks), combine 1/2 cup of water, 1-2 Tbsp of white vinegar, and 20-25 drops of liquid food colour. Stir gently with a fork to blend.
- Remove the eggs from the boiling pot and rinse quickly if foam has developed in the water (ex. if an egg leaked).
- Gently drop one egg in each cup of dye and swirl it around, then let it sit for 3-5 minutes swirling occasionally to ensure even colour. The longer the egg sits in the water, the bolder the colour will appear.
- Remove the eggs from the dye and pat them dry on a paper towel.
- Apply a small amount of vegetable oil to a paper towel, and gently polish each egg. Use a clean dry paper towel to remove any excess oil before placing eggs in a bowl.
- Refrigerate until ready to eat!