20.4.11

Easter Eggs Part II


I love flowers, I love the spring time. The life’s explosion everywhere brings me such a happiness and peaceful felling. When I was living in England I had the pleasure and happiness to see the bloom of lovely and gorgeous flowers. Peonies, tulips, cherry blossoms… they are my favorite! Those flowers are the reason of my love affair with photography. I was so impressed with such beauty that I started to photography every flower that I saw in front of me.


As I come from a country where Easter is in the autumn season, that spring felling led me understand the true meaning of the rebirth celebration. The Easter on that year was very special for me. I had a great day with a lovely couple of friends. The day was very beautiful and sunny. Beyond the wonderful meal that my dear friend Biankita prepared and the good talk, she gave me an adorable gift, a bit of her childhood. She gave me an Easter egg shell handmade by her mother. 





I loved to listen how she and her sisters appreciated the egg hunt on her home and how her mother liked to prepare this activity. I really loved my gift.


Two years later, when I saw the April edition of Martha Stewart Living, those memories come to my mind and I was very inspired to make dyed Easter Eggs. As I like painting I decided to make little flowers, dots and leaves, something very simple. To dye them I used food coloring, vinegar and hot water and to decorate I bought a water-based acrylic colors special for eggs.

These gorgeous eggs can be used for egg hunts, filled with chocolate or candy, and to decorate the house. Here are some examples that I made.










I also made some solid domino chocolate eggs. So yummy!



The egg shells make beautiful vases for tiny flowers centerpieces. I used orchid and Schlumbergera, also known as Easter cactus (flor de seda).





Besides the chicken eggs I used quail eggs too. How cute they are!






There are countless options to decorate Easter eggs. I had a great time making those eggs and this will become a beloved tradition for me. I have to say that one day I wish I could learn the pysanky technique. This Ukrainian style is wonderful, so rich in details and colors, a great masterpiece.


Chocolate Egg 
(how to from Martha Stewart)


Using a pin, poke a hole in the bottom of a large raw egg; insert the tip of a utility knife, and turn to open the hole slightly. Using a rotary drill fitted with a 3/8-inch bit, carefully widen the hole to at least 1/2 inch in diameter. Insert pin into the hole to pierce and "stir" the yolk. Hold the egg, hole down, over a bowl, and blow air into the hole with a rubber ear syringe (the air will displace and expel the egg). Rinse out egg. Repeat to make 12 blown eggs (you may want to make extras in case some break).


Sterilize eggs: Submerge them in a pot of cold water with 1 tablespoon white vinegar; bring to a boil, then simmer, skimming foam from surface, 10 minutes. Let drain on a pin board. If not dyeing eggs, let dry completely on pin board, 2 to 3 days (check insides for moisture).

 If dyeing eggs: Mix 4 tablespoons vinegar and 12 drops of blue food coloring with 2 cups boiling-hot water in a heatproof glass or enamel bowl. Fill a separate cup with white vinegar. Using a plastic spoon, dip eggs in vinegar, then into the dye, 2 to 3 minutes. Pat eggs with paper towels to eliminate streaks. (If dye begins to cool while you're working, make a new batch.) Let the eggs dry as described above.
 Using an offset serrated knife, very finely chop 3 pounds of chocolate. Reserve 1 cup chocolate; using a bench scraper, transfer remaining chocolate to a large heatproof bowl.

 Temper chocolate: Set bowl over a pan of simmering water. Melt chocolate, stirring occasionally, until a chocolate thermometer registers 131 degrees. (Note: Many brands of dark chocolate should not be heated to more than 118 degrees.) Remove from heat; stir in reserved cup chocolate until completely melted. Pour 2/3 of the melted chocolate onto a clean smooth work surface (such as marble or stainless steel). Spread thinly with an offset spatula. Then gather together chocolate, and take temperature. Continue spreading and gathering chocolate until it cools to 82 degrees to 84 degrees.


 Scrape chocolate back into bowl with remaining chocolate. Stir until it cools to 82 degrees to 84 degrees. Set bowl over a pan of warm water, and reheat to 88 degrees. To check consistency, dip a spoon in chocolate and remove; chocolate should set in about 2 minutes, turning shiny and hard. Note: This temperature must be maintained as you fill the eggs; keep a thermometer in the chocolate, and check frequently. Rest the bowl on a heating pad wrapped in a towel, or set bowl over the pan of warm (not hot) water.


 Place eggshells in an egg carton. Place a disposable pastry bag in a tall glass, and fold top down. Fill bag with chocolate; cut tip to create a 1/4-inch opening.

 For solid chocolate eggs: Insert tip of bag into each egg, and fill with chocolate (about 1/4 cup per egg; fill a new bag with chocolate as needed). Let set completely, about 4 hours.




Tip Junkie handmade projects

18 comments:

  1. Gente! Que coisas mais lindas Lu! Uma verdadeira artista! Sou sua fãzona!!! :D

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  2. easter is the best time of the year! i love seeing easter eggs everywhere... your easter eggs look beautiful and colorful!

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  3. I'm so jealous!! =D BEST. EASTER EGGS. EVER!

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  4. I came across your blog from foodgawker and love your pictures! These eggs are so beautiful. I posted one on my own blog with a link to credit yours! Happy Easter! xx

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  5. The details are very impressive, especially the little flower in the eggs. Excellent pictures!

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  6. so many beautiful pictures! And the chocolate eggs sound delicious!

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  7. Hi Luciana! Wow not only you take beautiful pictures, but your are so talented to make these beautiful eggs! Such a detailed work, too. I love your website. Although I don't bake much (almost I don't), I enjoy reading your posts. I will be following you via facebook. I cook Japanese food, if you are familiar please follow me too. :-)

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  8. Wow, beautiful pictures! I can't wait to puruse the rest of your blog :)

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  9. Ficou tudo muito lindo e delicado! Adorei!

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  10. Lu voce esta arrebentando!!! Quantos comentarios!!! To tao orgulhosa de ti, amiga!!! Parabens!!

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  11. Great story and lovely photos!

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  12. I love your story, and your pictures are absolutely inspiring!

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  13. Olá Luciana!
    Cheguei aqui pelo clube casamenteiras...quanta fofura nesse blog...amei e já estou seguindo...passa lá no atelier e segue também.
    Bj,
    Marcela.

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  14. Oi lu!
    Encontrei vc no topico que eu abri dos blogs no casamenteiras!
    Amei seu blog!
    Estou te seguindo!
    da uma passadinha no meu depois!
    Beijos!

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  15. Thanks everyone...I really appreciate the kind words!
    Sweet kisses from LULU

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  16. Wowee - absolutely beautiful!

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  17. WOW! I'm so impressed by your Easter eggs! They're all so gorgeous! I'm getting a new camera next week and I hope to learn photography skills soon!! Loving your blog and glad to be your newest follower! :)
    http://www.cookskinny.blogspot.com/

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