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Apr 11, 2007


Monika Korngut

I love watercress, and this soup sounds amazing!! :)

I have tried couloring eggs with natural dye and it is a lot of fun. That's odd that you can't get white chicken eggs only brown... hmm. I don't have any suggestions.


Aw, c'mon, the natural brown of eggs is nothing compared to the wonderfully rich, almost chestnut color you get with onion skins (you need a lot of onion skins - I start collecting around Christmas)! Maté will give you a beautiful pale olive color. You just boil your eggs in a bed of the skins or with the mate utnil they're hard, no need to soak them afterwards... Turmeric and saffron didn't work for me, and the grey-brown you get with coffee-grounds is depressing...
Still, the problem with the treated eggs is daunting - maybe you could just opt for pale brown eggs?


Oh, Johanna, onion skins only give you brown eggs if you leave them loose in the pan. If you wrap them around the eggs, you'll get most beautiful GustavKlimt-esque creations!!! Most pretty! We got grey eggs using hibiscus/karkade (although we expected pink), and used saffron for pretty yellow ones (all proudly presented here:
Oh - and the above plating of watercress soup with Easter nest is simply gorgeous!


I liked ur nest idea..very cute..thanks :)


dinazad, i shall try the mate option.. would never have thought of that!
all: it's funny how you get such different results using the same type of herbs... it must be something in the eggs then, or the quality of the herbs - i guess we'll be trying for years!


Johanna, I don't know if it will help in London, but in Paris you can usually find white eggs in the Kosher section of grocery stores. No idea why - I researched the issue and queried Jewish friends and apparently all it needs for an egg to be Kosher is for it to be unfertilised (duh) and have no spot of blood inside the shell. But there you go, the ultimate irony: Kosher Easer eggs!

One other thought: every recipe I've ever seen calls for adding vinegar to the dye (whether commercial or food colouring). So maybe by using the vinegar before the dye you created a barrier that locked the colour out instead of in??

Anyway, better luck next time around!


Sorry to say that but I'm almost consoled not to be the only person unable to dye easter eggs...;-) Last year, I tried it with beetroot - same result as you had. I wasn't sure if I forgot the vinegar in dye but I did definitely use it this year with my turmeric dye. However, the eggs took on just a little bit of colour in rather nasty specks...

But having achieved such a beautiful easter nest soup, you shouldn't worry about those bloody eggs!


Oooh, how gorgeous is that! I love the Easter nest idea and watercress soup is one of those greatly underrated dishes. Thanks for sharing!


I love the potato nest, looks so appetising! I would love to have seen the eggs dyed with the herbs wrapped around them too! Great idea!


Hibiscus not only makes a wonderful red-pink dye, it tastes excellent when infused into water, sweetened and chilled. It's one of the staple drinks of Mexico, and definitely worth a try


Oh and by the way - gorgeous photo!


Oh and by the way - gorgeous photo!


After reading your post, I attended a luncheon where we were served "stinging nettle soup." It sounded dangerous, and certainly not as appealing as your watercress soup. To my surprise, it was quite delicious! If stinging nettles can be made into a soup, then watercress must be even more extraordinary.


Well to dye your eggs red you could try a marinade the chinese use to make red pork. you can get it at an oriental supermarket, trust me it'll get anything red!

And maybe you can try toxin free watercoulours? it's also fun for your kids to be able to paint their own eggs. I'm from holland and I remember they had special egg paint to paint your eggs with, completely kid friendly.

Also, does food colouring not work? Might be an idea, you get all sorts of colours.
maybe you should boil the eggs first to make the shell more porus so the dye can be absorbed better?

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