In part two of this week's flavour's of home Elisabeth
Helm, from Switzerland, shows us how to decorate eggs.
To decorate eggs
You will need:
Eggs at room temperature
interestingly shaped leaves from the garden
a little oil
Everyone colours eggs differently in Switzerland. In Mrs
Helm's family, they used onion skins and leaves, but you
could also use food colouring or even felt pens.
You need a lot of onion skins - Mrs Helm gets them from a
supermarket. Boil them in water for about 10 minutes then
cool the water. It will be brown.
Gather some interestingly shaped leaves from the garden.
Ferns, parsley and clover work well. In Switzerland, Easter
is at the beginning of spring and there is not much choice of
The eggs need to be at room temperature. Dab a little oil on
the egg to help the selected leaves adhere to it. Wrap each
egg tightly in a piece of pantyhose and tie tightly with
thread - you may need someone to help you. It is important
for the pantyhose to be stretched tightly to hold the leaves
in place and to allow the onion-skin dye to penetrate.
Place the eggs in the cold onion-skin water, bring to the
boil and cook for 10 minutes. Place in cold water and unwrap
the pantyhose. The eggs will be a deep tan with impressions
of the leaves.
• You can dye the eggs in onion-skin water without the leaf
stencil and, using a toothpick dipped in vinegar, draw a
pattern on the dyed egg.
• You can also dip hard-boiled eggs in water with a few drops
of food colouring, or decorate them with felt pens.
• The wreath is best when fresh, but if you are eating it a
day or two after it was made and it seems a little dry,
spread it with butter.