From Too Many Chefs -

April 6, 2007
Easter Egg Dye: a recipe for fun!


Take one toddler, 20 hardboiled eggs*, 5 lumps the size of a small pea of food colouring, water and 10 tablespoons white vinegar. Mix the last three items (divided) in five beakers or cups. Allow the toddler to carefully lower an egg into each cup. Then help him remove them, one by one, placing them back on the egg tray to dry. Repeat until all eggs are dyed. Enjoy!

* For hardboiled eggs, place them gently in a pot of cold water and bring the water to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer the eggs for 12 minutes. Drain and cool in a bowl of cold water before proceeding with the egg dyeing.

Posted by Meg in Sussex at April 6, 2007 12:56 PM

Something's wrong here - Kieran and the room are looking way too clean for this to be real dye!

Posted by Marianne Kehoe on April 7, 2007 at 4:35 PM

Mar, the background is the result of selective cropping. As for the boy - well, he refused to put on the plastic apron, to my great dismay. But I guess he got some "neat" genes from his dad because he did pretty well anyway!

The table got a few drops of dye, but we had already decided to intentionally go with untreated wood so that he can be as messy as he likes for the moment and then when he's older we'll just paint it! : )

I still don't think you'll want him decorating eggs in your elegant new home, though, mind you!

Posted by Meg in Paris on April 8, 2007 at 2:53 AM

Wow, that looks like fun. Do you eat the eggs afterwards?

Posted by The Jet on April 9, 2007 at 10:45 AM

Julian, unfortunately I think I'm the only hard-boiled egg eater in the house so, *yes* I do eat the eggs afterwards - or at least as many as I can before I get sick of them! Tomorrow I'll be chopping up a few and mixing them with mayo, mustard, chives and a drop of vinegar for an egg salad sandwich! Now I know how my mom felt when Easter came round and she used to complain about how many eggs we wanted to decorate!!

Posted by Meg in Paris on April 9, 2007 at 3:18 PM

I love hard-boiled eggs especially with Hellman's mayonnaise, so if there are any left over then don't hesitate.....

Posted by The Jet on April 10, 2007 at 8:43 AM

that was exactly what i had in mind for max (3) this year. unfortunately, no white eggs to be found. keeping the colours for next year - might have to buy a hen or lay my own ;-))

Posted by johanna on April 12, 2007 at 8:44 AM