Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Traditions

In our family, holidays tend to be a mix of tradition and new ideas, or at least variations on old ideas. Today, I’ve been preparing for Easter: making a pie, planning a menu, and dying eggs. I no longer have small children and no grandchildren yet, so nobody is too interested in dying eggs with me. I decided to try a natural dying method, which has the advantage of also saving a step.

I hard-boiled these eggs as usual, but added the onion skins to the pan, purple in one and yellow in the other. I like the results. The colors are earthy rather than the customary pastel, but quite lovely. Surprisingly, the yellow onions seem to have more pigment, or at least dyed my eggs a much deeper color, than the purple.

I’ll peel some of them tomorrow and make deviled eggs as an appetizer. There’s a certain irony to serving deviled eggs for Easter, but we can live with that. The rest of the eggs will probably appear in tuna salad later in the week, once the leftover turkey is gone.

I’d love to hear about your holiday traditions and original twists. Happy Easter.


  1. I never thought of purple onion skins! I'll have to try them. Have you seen the catalogs for fowl husbandry (I haven't, but my brother, who studied the subject has) that offer different chicken breeds based on the color of their eggshells? I've seen peach, blue, aqua, brick... I think I like the onion skin-dyed ones, myself...

  2. When I was a kid, we rescued a pair of hens from a deserted house. The red hen laid brown eggs and the black bantam hen laid half-size white eggs. I've heard of chickens with blue eggs, but never peach, aqua, or brick. They sound too pretty to eat. I wonder what color the chickens are.