April 3, 2010

Coloring Easter Eggs in Onion Peels

Posted in Children, Family, Food, Holidays, Home, Recipes, Serbia, Traditions tagged , , , at 6:27 am by Liliana

Serbian Easter Eggs

Serbian Easter Eggs

This is how my family colored Easter eggs when I was a little girl in Serbia. I still enjoy this activity with my own children.

For a few weeks before Orthodox Easter, we saved the extra loose scraps of onion peels (the brittle, colorful ones) from the onion bin. On Good Friday, we children, would pick the weeds, grasses and leaves whose patterns we liked and bring them to the table. Then, we would place the leaves on the eggs and cover them with a piece of cheese cloth or an old nylon stocking. We would stretch the covers and tie tightly on both ends with a bit of thread. After the eggs were ready, we would prepare the coloring brew.

  • Peels of 5 – 10 Onions
  • 6 Cups of Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Vinegar
  • 2 dozen eggs

Boil 30 Minutes

Boiling the eggs together with the onion skins gives them a mottled look. To make them look more uniform, cook the eggs first, separately, and then soak them in the onion skin dye for a few hours. Both ways work beautifully but give a different effect and many shades of deep red, yellow and orange.  Your eggs will not only look lovely, but taste delicious, too.

Happy Easter!

8 Comments »

  1. Sue said,

    Those eggs are lovely! When I read your blog I feel that all is right with the world. Thanks for sharing.
    Sue

    • Liliana said,

      Sue,
      you made my day! I wasn’t feeling very chipper today, but I had to smile when I read your comment. Thank you and I wish you all the best!
      Liliana

    • Liliana said,

      Sue, you made my day! I wasn’t feeling very chipper today, but I had to smile when I read your comment. Thank you and I wish you all the best! Liliana

  2. Joseph Tomczyk said,

    Recalling my Mom once doing such onion-skin egg-coloring (in SE MI) came to mind for me also last week.

    Ps: Liliana, ‘wonder whether you were the (as above)
    “little girl in Serbia”.

    • Liliana said,

      Joseph,
      yes, I am “the little girl in Serbia.” My family moved to the US when I was fourteen, but my early years and subsequent close ties to my extended family have kept me connected to the old country.
      Best,
      Liliana

      • Joseph Tomczyk said,

        The 1992-95 war in Bosnia involving Croats and Serbs reminds me that, during the late 1950s in Detroit, I worked my way through college for an American-Croatian supermarketeer and thereafter was with a music-combo playing at a bowling-alley lounge whose proprietors were an American Serbian family, plus occasionally at the Serbian Hall – all fa’ve folks of mine.

      • Liliana said,

        Joseph, the wars in old Yugoslavia were a great tragedy and all groups suffered terribly as a result. My heart breaks when I even think about it!

        Thank you for sharing your story. It gladdens my heart to know that good people find a way to get over old-held grievances, and these cousins recognize the common joys in old folk songs. Best to you! Liliana

  3. Liliana said,

    Joseph,
    the wars in old Yugoslavia were a great tragedy and all groups suffered terribly as a result. My heart breaks when I even think about it!

    Thank you for sharing your story. It gladdens my heart to know that good people find a way to get over old-held grievances, and these cousins recognize the common joys in old folk songs.
    Best to you!


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