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“After all, hope is a form of planning. If our hopes weren’t already real within us, we couldn’t even hope them.”Gloria Steinem

Friday, March 29, 2013

egg coloring 2013

Good Friday finds me once  again coloring eggs with
onion skins and herbs.
 This year I used rosemary springs inside the skins . That herb has grown so huge it looks almost like someone has left a Christmas tree at my kitchen door. I told  dh that it likes the Italian cooking I do so it leans into the deck, reaching for the door, making it easy for me to snip sprigs for cooking and away from the sun.
 all the other adjacent  plants reach the opposite direction?

 I wrap the skins snugly around the  raw eggs before I bundle them up in a coffee filter
and tie them  up with a bit o floss. then I boil them just like you would if
 making hard boiled eggs.  
I put vinegar into water, a mordant. The rosemary smells  most redolent as they cook.   

After peeling off the filter and skins from cooling eggs,  lovely marbled, mottled patterns are reveled .I  made a nest of Peli's hair,
aka Spanish moss, 
to cradle them for the photo.
I want to thank my flock o free range chicken for these fresh and nutritious little eggs. I have an egg  hunt almost daily as  they try to hide them. they have laid them in the car on the seat if you leave your window down. I have found eggs on top of car in the roof rack, in tool boxes, in deck chairs, and of course in the tall grasses and shrubs. get to the egg salad of course! 

Spider lilies, basil, rosemary and Morea  iris  are in my Easter bouquet.
Be well and my your egg basket be overflowing!