Happy Easter 2011 from the Book of Yum

This year wasn’t Baby Yum’s first Easter, but it felt a bit like one because it was the first time she could truly participate in holiday festivities. We went to community Easter Egg Hunts, colored Easter eggs and decorated them, and had an Easter Egg hunt at home in our backyard for her. I enjoyed every minute of it, and I think she did too. Here are some images of our eggs, made from turmeric, cabbage (I think it was radicchio, actually- I recommend red cabbage), and beets, white wine vinegar and water. They are pretty and I think making the dye yourself is not only a lot more fun than using the tablets in the egg coloring kits, but a lot healthier too, especially if you plan on eating the eggs after the decorating fun.

Naturally Dyed Easter Egg
1 quart water +2 tbsp white vinegar

Color Elements:
Blue: Red Cabbage, 4 cups
Yellow: 3 tbsp turmeric

You Can also try the following color elements:
4 cups onion skins (12 onions)
4 cups chopped Beets
1 quart strong coffee, no water

To make each dye, bring water, vinegar, and color element to a boil, lower the heat, simmer 30 min and strain dye. You can boil eggs with dye or cold dip, for 5 seconds up to overnight, and dry on wire wrap. For Turmeric, you can just add the powder to hot water without boiling it.

Deep yellow- soak eggs in turmeric for a long time
Teal- Soak eggs in turmeric solution for 30 minutes and then cabbage soak for 5 seconds.
Bright Blue- Soak eggs in cabbage solution overnight (or just for a long time)

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8 Responses to “Happy Easter 2011 from the Book of Yum”

  1. Valerie (m.) Says:

    Those eggs are gorgeous, and that shade of blue is astounding!! My Brownie troop dyed eggs with natural materials last week — pickled beet juice and cabbage and stuff like that — but none of our colors was anywhere like that amazing shade of blue.

    Baby Yum is adorable, as always!

  2. Look at that look of satisfaction as she holds the bowl of eggs! Another creative cook in the making, I suspect.

    Happy Easter to you all!


  3. Beautiful eggs, especially the blue! Wonderful post, Sea … I never get enough views of adorable Baby Yum! :-)


  4. Why thank you, all! The picture in the recipe is from 2008, so I don’t exactly recall, but I think I may have soaked the eggs in purple cabbage “juice” overnight to get that deep color. My Mom accidentally bought radicchio (mislabeled) at the store, so this year I got a very light “blue”. I actually like it as it seems more like a natural color that would come from a hen, but the deep blue is certainly striking. I may have to try soaking some overnight again with the proper cabbage dye to see if I can get the same results again!

    Thanks for the Baby Yum love. It was a pretty special weekend, full of holiday fun and quality time with Baby Yum and the DH. *hugs*

  5. Those eggs are so beautiful! I love the soft pastel look of them and can’t believe they are natural dyes! So cool.

    Baby Yum looks like she is having loads of fun.

  6. Donna Spencer Says:

    Hey Sea,
    I no longer color eggs, my sons are all married. Thanks for all the delicious recipes you post. The pictures of baby Yum are so precious. What a cutie she is. I remember when you first told everyone on “Silly Yaks” you were pregnant.

  7. Donna,
    I’m a little embarassed to admit this, but even before Baby Yum came along, I’ve always dyed eggs every year. I love any type of holiday craft activity!

    Hi Alisa,
    Thank you! Baby Yum had a great Easter, except for brief trauma over the Easter Bunny man at our community Easter Egg Hunt. She howled! lol.

    Hi Shirley,
    Why thank you! I love sharing my baby girl. She’s such a huge part of my life I just can’t leave her out of the blog…

    Hey VegJ! Yes, I’m trying to get her interested in food and cooking. She loves helping in the kitchen. Now if only she’d eat everything she helps me make…

  8. Lovely eggs and an even lovelier Baby Yum in the garden. My Russian grandma always brought us deep mahogany brown eggs that were dyed in a pot full of onion skills and trimmings collected for about a month before Easter. Not a pastel, but a beautiful color nonetheless.

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