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We didn’t much get into the whole chocolate egg thing (not to worry I have caught up by now..lol) but I generally remember it as being a wonderful happy weekend filled with painting and crafting and ..eggs…so I thought I would share some of my natural egg dyeing (which ofcourse can also be applied to yarns (hint hint)!! What’s not to like ;-)
Natural Dyed Easter Eggs with Trout Mayo and Herbs
Author: http://wholesome-cook.com/ (really a fab site with heaps of healthy recipes ! Go check it out!)
Recipe : Easter, eggs, fish and eggs, egg dye, natural
Prep time: 3 hours
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 3 hours 15 mins
Serves: 2-4 Eggs:
For best results use white-shelled eggs if you can find them , always organic free-range.
Method and Timing: We cracked the eggs before dyeing to colour the egg whites in a pattern, this is optional, but works well for eggs that have already cracked. The dye takes time, longer on darker shells, so you may have to leave each egg in the dye for 2-3 hours. prepare extra dye containers if you want to colour more eggs and multiply the quantity of dye by the same number. Staining: both the turmeric and beetroot dyes can stain porous surfaces such as benchtops and floors.
Make sure you work on layers of old newspaper or a plastic table cloth to protect the surfaces. This recipe shows how to dye 3 eggs, one each in pink, orange and duck egg blue. Assumes eggs have been boiled (for 3-5 minutes) beforehand.
Serving suggestion follows.
Ingredients For the natural dyes: • 1 small beetroot • 2cm piece fresh turmeric root •
1 packed cup finely shredded red cabbage
• 3 cups of water For the Eggs with Trout Mayo and Herbs:
• 3 natural dyed eggs
• 25g smoked trout (salmon or mackerel)
• 1 sprig spring onions
• a few dill or fennel fronds
• 2 tablespoons organic mayonnaise
• pepper, to taste • wedge of lemon, to serve
To make the Beetroot (pink) or Turmeric (orange) Dyes: 1. Blend beetroot or turmeric with 1 cup warm water. Transfer to a glass or a jar to dye the eggs. To make the Red Cabbage (duck egg blue) Dye: 1. Place cabbage in a small saucepan and add 1 cup water. Bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes for the colour to develop. Discard cabbage and transfer to a glass or a jar to dye the eggs. To dye boiled eggs in plain colours: 1. Place an egg at a time into the dye and steep for 2-3 hours for a lighter shade, or overnight for a darker tint. Allow eggs to dry on a paper towel. To dye boiled eggs - shells and whites in patterns: 1. Crack each egg gently all over. Place an egg at a time into the dye and steep for 2-3 hours for a lighter shade, or overnight for a darker tint. Pat dry with a paper towel before peeling. To serve the Eggs with Trout Mayo and Herbs: Cut eggs in half lengthways. Arrange on a serving plate. Top each egg with a little smoked fish, decorate with herbs. Season with pepper. Serve with a little mayo and a lemon wedge.
Apart from the cooking , I have been dyeing up a storm and spinning lots of bunny yarns for you for this weeks update. I could not resist offering you some luscious bunny to Rabbit On with in your knitting ! Today is the first outing so to speal of my new 4ply “EweBunny” yarn spun with 25% angora and 75%superfine merino !! Yeah !! Very exciting and wonderful to work with: it is smooch, soft, has a nice fine twist and an amazing meterage of about 201-205meters per 50grams! That means that you will be able to make a pair of socks or make a wonderful scarf or shawl with just two skeins. The other yarn on offer tonight is a very fluffy handspun one: an 8ply handspun pure English angora yarn from our bunnies in 50gram skeins with a meterage of about 100-110meters. The fluffiness is totally decadent!
On another front: I feel much better only to overdo it (yeah I know) and now I torn a muscle in my shoulder connected to my spinning arm ! Really ! (insert angry face) ..not to worry..I am still spinning..be it very carefully…lol
Anyway, Here’s to a great weekend and a much better Easter week next week !!!! The club sign ups are still open for another week. Don’t wait too long to sign up to get your hands on some luscious very special club blends and fibres I have planned for the next three months !
Have a fabulous weekend ! Enjoy !
New IxCHeL Club sign ups are now open!
The Batt Club is almost filled up and the fibre club as well, so do not wait too long please!
for the months : April, May and June 2016
(til quotas are reached or until March 31st)
IxCHeL Fibre Club April, May and June 2016
The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Clubs April, May and June 2016
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs April, May and June 2016
EweBunny Yarn Yarn
50+gram , 4 ply
a whopping 201meters)
Moss Queen close up
IxCHeL Angora Bunny Handspun Yarn
the softest yarn !!!!
Qiviut, Angora bunny, Cashmere, Tencel and silk
Handspun 4 ply Yarn
Dates to put in your Calendar !!
Grandvalley Spinners and Weavers Spin in
Tapscott Hall, Corner Cambridge and Montrose rd, Montrose
They are extremely easy to use and come in great shades.
Just contact me with the name of the colour you are after and I will get right back to you.
2. message me on facebook or ravelry where I am Ixchelbunny.
I will email you right back with all your order details and payment methods.
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