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Latvian Easter eggs

This has been a tradition in my family for generations! It is very popular in Latvia and in other Baltic countries.

Ingredients:

  • Onion skins – just the outer darker ones, as many as you can gather.
  • White eggs – as many as you want for Easter.
  • Parsley, marjoram and dill.  You can use other edible leaves of your choice.
  • Thread – colored ones so each member of the family can figure out which ones he/she made!

Directions:

  1. Fill up a large pot with the onion skins.  Fill up about one third with water and boil for about 10 minutes.  Let it cool down while you prepare the eggs.
  2. Place the leaves on top of the eggs, and wrap them with a thread, so the leaves stay closely attached to the eggs.  This is the whole trick to make leave patterns on your eggs.
  3. Add more water to your pot.  Place the wrapped eggs carefully in the water.
  4. Bring the water to boil, then set it to medium heat and cook the eggs for about 15 minutes to make sure that they are well cooked.
  5. Let the eggs cool down and then open the threads carefully to see your Easter eggs!
This is how you start adding the leaves to the eggs. Leave a longer piece of thread loose at the beginning so that you can then use it to tie a knot at the end!
Cooking the Easter eggs.
Easter eggs
Easter eggs

Happy Easter!!!