The big Easter Egg disaster

When my brother and I were little, my Hungarian grandmother would hide the most beautiful dyed eggs in the garden for us to find. They were perfect; royal blue, emerald green, ruby red, and were a particular favourite of my brother. Last night we had my brother and his family for dinner. We don’t get to see them much as they live in Connecticut and I thought I’d surprise him with Grandma’s eggs. I didn’t have the proper egg dye but I googled how to dye eggs using food dye, water and vinegar. I also saw some wonderful polka dot eggs somewhere (sorry I can’t remember where) and thought I’d pop on some small stickers, which would be a breeze to peel off to reveal the polka dots. It all sounded very simple….. The green eggs looked so revolting I thought I couldn’t possibly serve them at all. The red and blue eggs looked quite pretty until I attempted to peel off the stickers which left a yucky sticky residue on the eggs. They looked so awful I decided I would peel them all and cut them in half to serve.  As I peeled the eggs I could see that the dye had gone through the shells and dyed the egg white as well (very unattractive). One of my teenage boys said “Who’s going to eat blue eggs”? Who indeed? They look quite pretty in the photos, but disappointingly they didn’t live up to Grandma’s eggs. Thank goodness I peeled them and didn’t persist with serving them up shelled; can you imagine the comments at the table as people revealed their green, red and blue veined eggs?

eggs 3

Not quite like I had imagined….

egg 1

I quite like the speckled effect though.

eggs 2

Not even a rose can distract from the poor eggs terrible makeover…


39 thoughts on “The big Easter Egg disaster

    • Did you also manage to dye your hands beetroot coloured? I had to serve dinner with green and blue hands, very elegant! I’m glad I’m not the only one to fail at egg dyeing!

      • Haha, nope! I tried an all-natural approach by boiling up beets and another pot with boiled orange rinds for subtle colors. The beets were…eh, okay, but nothing quite as vibrant as the articles I’d read said they would be! I ended up buying a PAAS kit for the kids! I do, however, love when cracked eggshells let in the colors onto the egg itself. They’re my favorite!

  1. I like the speckled effect too! If anyone asks, they can be, “vintage easter eggs” and you totally planned that look on purpose 😉

  2. Yours came out better than ours last year, and I do like the look of the blue ones. I remembered using crayons to add a design which then because of the wax the dye wouldn’t take and you would be left with white where you drew on it. Right, the colors didn’t come out very vivid at all and the crayons, nope the dye went right through. I wonder if they were just cheap crayons? I don’t think I will be repeating the effort this year.

  3. Is your grandmother Hungarian? So am I 😀 Being an expat I have also been experimenting with colouring the eggs, luckily this year my parents came to visit and brought some proper egg dye… One good tip: before putting the eggs in the dye, you have to carefully wash them with soap, so there is no greesy stuff or anything else left on the shells, it can cause the speckles. If you want to make figures or dots or whatever on them, try to use some wax instead of stickers. But I would like to say: well done! I really like your dotted eggs, they are cute like a distressed piece of furniture 🙂

    • Thank you for the tip! I’ve just gone and found some German egg dye from our local deli so will be trying again. Thank you for your encouraging words Poppy, it’s nice to chat to a Hungarian, I miss my Grandma…

  4. If I remember correctly, adding a bit of vinegar to the dye will brighten the colours.
    Thought I’d share this with you, too: When I was a young teenager, one day my Mum was making dinner for eleven (parents and nine of us kids). She had asked for help setting the table and brining in sawdust for the stove, but we older ones were quite slow in getting to it. She got mad and sent us all outside, locking the door behind us. We were pretty worried, as you might imagine, waiting for Dad to get home and ask why we were hanging around outside instead of inside helping Mum . . . but before he got home, she let us all in; telling us to stay out of the dining room. We couldn’t tell if she was mad or not. After Dad arrived, we all went in and found the table, place settings, food and all, covered with a tablecloth. We were told to remove it carefully and we did . . . imagine our surprise to see green mashed potatoes, blue gravy, pink milk and so on . . . all perfectly edible, of course, but some of the younger ones just couldn’t bring themselves to even taste things that didn’t look natural. Finally, Mum told them to shut their eyes and they would find the food tasted ‘right’. And, of course, it did! We still laugh about that day! We had all forgotten it was the first of April . . .

    • What a hilarious story, your Mum sounds like she has a great sense of humour! I wish you could have sent me a photo, your faces must have been a picture. I think in the film Bridget Jones’ Diary, she ties some vegetables together with string as the recipe called for, but used blue string which turned the soup blue and had to serve it at a dinner party….

  5. A disaster!! Wow, well I think they look very nice! 🙂 The speckled effect gives them a kind of vintage look, which is quite cool! 😉 It’s always nice to continue family traditions, it makes the occassion even more special!! 🙂 x

  6. I think your decorated eggs have an ‘naive art quality’ about them J in a totally GOOD way which I think has charm 🙂
    I have a vague memory of dying eggs to give a ‘marbled’ effect … goodness knows without googling such an idea how to do again I wouldn’t have a clue – and then thinking about it – if it had of been any sort of success … well I would have been creating them every year but not so 😉

    • Thanks P, I’m tempted to have one more go. I’m wondering if I found some white eggs to decorate if it might be more successful, they seem to be a lot less common than brown eggs. Perhaps I’ll try marbelling!

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