Decorating Eggs for Easter… and a Recipe for Egg Cheese

This weekend we had fun decorating eggs for Easter.
easter sggs displayed in vintage egg cups and sherry glasses

It was like a science experiment in our kitchen all day Sunday.

Last year we had just started blogging and we put together a tutorial on dying using natural dyes and adding herb relief patterns.

Here is the link if you missed it.

They turned out beautifully and I really wanted to do them again this year.

The dyes we used last year were onion skins, cabbage and beets.


ready to dye eggs


Flat leaf parsley gives a great pattern and the dill is beautiful too.

Here we are with some eggs ready to go.

I started with them wrapped in cheese cloth.


eggs in cheese cloth ready to dye



dill on egg in cheese cloth ready for dying cynthia


I was hoping for a nice yellow colour so we tried  turmeric for that. Then berries and the old faithful red cabbage for blue and purple…

eggs in tumeric dye bath


The turmeric did give the yellow but you need to keep stirring so the powder does not settle on the eggs.

cabbage cooking for dying easter eggs


 Red cabbage worked so well last year I wanted to try it again. The third pot had mixed berries cooked down and strained.

After taking the first batch out of each dye bath I found out that the cheese cloth wasn’t working as well as the nylons had so I went back to that method for the rest.

eggs in nylons ready for dye bath


egg ready for dye bath


eggs dyed in cabbage, tumeric and berries


The colours were far different. The turmeric was very vibrant, you can see on the bottom row an example of the pattern the cheese cloth made on the first batch.

For some unknown reason, the cabbage gave an un-unified colour this year, very mottled and raging from blue to purple. Sometimes even on the same egg…

easter sggs displayed in vintage egg cups and sherry glasses



eggs displayed for easter in vintage glasses


  I styled them in vintage sherry glasses, egg cups and Sophie Conran bowls.

Due to the unusual colour we got from the cabbage I added a few drops of  blue food colouring and let some eggs marinate for awhile…

eggs in antique dough bowl


 They became a brilliant teal and looked great all on their own in an antique dough bowl.


antique dough bowl, victorian furniture and hide rug…



easter eggs in antique dough bowl


I like the tension of the primitive dough bowl sitting on the Victorian parlour table.

The hide rug adds another unexpected layer… 


easter eggs in flat leaf parsley for display


 Using the island top as a rustic server I layered flat leaf parsley and placed the eggs … 


easter eggs


We had a wonderful time and now the only question is…

How many times will egg salad be on the menu this week?!

Easter will be at my parents this year and Kent’s mom will also be joining us. These eggs will be long gone by then but perhaps a new batch will make their way to the celebration.

Kent’s maple syrup production is in full swing ( if you missed our snow picnic where we showed the process here is the link). We will take syrup to the Easter dinner to serve on egg cheese… an Easter tradition around our parts.

I am hungry just thinking about it!

Here is the recipe my mom uses.

It is from Edna Staebler’s book “More Food that Really Schmecks”

Egg Cheese also known as Easter Cheese
2 quarts sweet  whole milk
6-7 eggs  beaten a little
1 pint buttermilk
1  teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Scald the sweet milk over moderate heat. Mix the beaten eggs and buttermilk , salt, and sugar and stir slowly into the
steaming milk. Stir it well and then cover and let stand for several minutes, about 10 or 20.
Stir now and then till it separates, then reduce the heat.
When fully separated, a few minutes more, pour all through a colander with a white cloth inside it ( DS-cheese cloth)
Let it drain a couple of hours till it’s dry, then turn out on a plate and it’s ready to eat.

On another subject…

I came up with this today…

Do you think it will catch on?


 Sharing over at Fox Hollow Cottage for it’s a Spring Thing link party









  1. Your eggs turned out beautiful Cynthia and thanks for the tutorial! I’ve got these linked to my DIY Easter eggs post too today, for inspiration!

    • Hi Heather,
      Your round up is great, I just popped over and left you a comment. Thank you for including me!

  2. How neat are these. I need to expand my egg decorating techniques! We still use Paas, lol. So beautiful…love the leaves and the blue look so pretty up against your chairs and wood.

  3. I love all of the eggs, the teal is so stunning! My fave though I think is the turmeric! so vibrant! Love your styling!

    ~ Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.

  4. Love it! We did naturally dyed eggs last year, and they’re so pretty! We won’t have time this year as we’re traveling, but hopefully we’ll be able to do them next year. Or in the middle of the spring just because!

  5. WOW! Just wow, these are beautiful!

  6. Oh wow these are gorgeous! They look stunning in your home! Thanks for sharing the technique!

  7. Dianne Gingrich says:


    I love how you displayed the colored eggs with the fresh herbs.
    Very pretty! I bought egg cheese too this past wk-end, sure is good with the fresh maple syrup.


  8. How beautiful and what a great technique! I love the colors and the whole look, just lovely!

  9. The eggs are beautiful! I love the teal ones in the bowl. What is egg cheese?


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