Want an easy Easter egg recipe?

How can you make your own easter eggs? For more ideas about thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children see https://homemadekids.wordpress.com, or www.nicolabaird.com

Chocolate easter eggs are a new invention! People used to paint hard boiled eggs using natural dyes (we tried with beetroot for red/pink and onion skins to get a yellow tone but it’s harder than it looks). Although many Easter eggs are cheap the good quality, fair trade chocolate options are pricey – and invariably come with too much wrapping. Challenge yourself with the Guardian quiz here.

Use up an old egg box. When it's finished you can compost.

Use up an old egg box. When it’s finished you can compost.

Add a key so your lucky recipient knows which egg is chocolate. We had to use a few shop-bought chocolates intended for the easter egg hunt to make our gift look a bit more generous.

Add a key so your lucky recipient knows which egg is chocolate. We had to use a few shop-bought chocolates intended for the easter egg hunt to make our gift look a bit more generous.

An alternative is to have a play around making your own Easter egg box.

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE EGG

  • Our hens lay blue eggs, but only Lavender lays regularly. So first get a nice egg. Then pierce the egg (at the fat end) with a skewer, widen the hole to allow all the white and yolk to drain out. Set aside to use for pancakes or scrambled egg.
  • Melt 50g of chocolate per egg – so 2 eggs = 1 big bar of chocolate. Add a dash of brandy and a generous spoonful of cream (we used plain yoghurt].
  • Find a piping bag and aim the nozzle into the egg’s hole. Spoon the chocolate mix into the bag and squeeze until your egg is full up with chocolate. yum.

PAINTED HARD BOILED EGGS

  • We found white eggs – duck eggs are a good choice. Then hard boil in water with something that might dye them such as beetroot, nettle tops or onion skins.
  • Or hard boil, allow to cool and paint as you like. Ideally leave enough time to do half an egg at a time so your designs can dry out. A hooped egg looks fabulous.

The girls and I spent Good Friday listening to a friend’s mum and her choir sing Bach’s forceful St John’s Passion wonderfully. It takes two hours – a time the audience clearly felt was a little long, judging by the wriggling and trips neighbours made to the toilet. But the singing was amazing and as everyone was provided with a booklet containing the words it was easy to follow the Easter story.

And it’s pretty bad – Pilate lets the crowd do what they want, which is crucify a 33-year-old who answers questions with riddles. Under the cross he is nailed to stand three women called Mary, including his mum.  I know this story inside out, and yet with the music it seems fresher. It also inspired me to go home and make our own Easter eggs.

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