Pasxalina Avga (Easter Eggs)

 
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~ The Easter eggs story:
~ According to the tradition, when they announced the resurrection of Christ no one believe it.
~ A woman who was carrying a basket with eggs shouted: “Can these eggs become red?”
~ And as a miracle, the eggs became red.
~ According to another version, the eggs dyed red symbolizing the blood of Christ.
~ The cracking of the red eggs comes after the hearing of the “Christ has Risen “Xristos Anesti”.
~ The custom is a keynote, but hides a small competition, after the victor crack the egg is figuratively speaking also the most robust.
~ In Cyprus the tradition is to dye the eggs on Easter Thursday and dew to that event the Easter Thursday is called “Red Thursday” “Kokini Pempti”.
~ Red eggs are perhaps the brightest symbol of Greek Easter representing the blood of Christ and rebirth.
~ We also dye eggs in other colors, but rarely will a Greek Easter be celebrated without lots of red eggs.  
 

 

~ What You will Need:
~ Fresh uncooked eggs at room temperature
~ Red or other color dye
~ White vinegar
~ Stainless steel saucepan
~ Bowl
~ Slotted spoon
~ Paper towels
~ Cooling racks
~ Tulle or women’s nylon stockings and thread (option)
~ Flowers onion skins or parsley leaves (option)
~ Olive oil (or other edible) for polishing  
   

 

~ Painting of the eggs with red dye:
~ Wash the eggs and dry them with paper towel.
~ If the eggs were in the refrigerator, take them out ahead of time to be at room temperature in order not to break during boiling.
~ Put 2 1/2 litres of water in a large enough saucepan and after it boils, add two pouches of paint (for 50 eggs) and add half a tea cup of vinegar.
~ Adjust ingredients according to how many eggs you want to paint.
~ Place carefully the eggs in the saucepan with the help of a slotted spoon.
~ Leave them to boil for ten minutes and remove them carefully placing them on a rack to dry.
~ When they cool down enough, coat them lightly with olive oil (or other edible oil) and polish with paper towel.
~ Place the coloured Easter eggs in a nice decorated bowl and refrigerate until is time to use them.
~ Good luck and Happy Easter “Xristos Anesti”.
 
~ Decoration of the eggs with leaves and flowers:
~ We gather various flowers (at preference, daisies) and leaves.
~ Some people instead of flowers and leaves use parsley leaves for decoration.
~ We take tulle from wedding sweets box in sizes big enough that could be wrapped and be tied up round each egg.
~ If tulle is not available, women’s stockings can be used to wrap the eggs.
~ Place onto the egg the flower or the leaf or even the two together and wrap the egg with the tulle tight and tie it with thread.
~ When we prepare this way all the eggs we want, we put them into the saucepan where we already have boiled water with the paint and the vinegar and we dye them as we describe above.
~ After ten minutes, remove them carefully from the saucepan and cut the thread.
~ Remove the tulle, the flowers and the leaves and place them on a rack to dry.
~The eggs had been dyed red (or any other color you desire) and had been decorated with white designs of flowers and leaves.
~ When they cool down enough, coat them lightly with olive oil (or other edible oil) and polish with paper towel.
~ Place the coloured Easter eggs in a nice decorated bowl and refrigerate until is time to use them.
~ Good luck and Happy Easter “Xristos Anesti”.
 
~ Note:
~ Do not use any wooden, ceramic or plastic utensils as they can be colored by the dye.
~ If stainless cookware and utensils get colored by the dye, wash with regular detergent and a small amount of chlorine.
~ Rinse very well. 
 
 
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