I'd like to wish all of you who celebrate, a very Happy Easter! I will be hosting Easter dinner here on Sunday with our family and decorations and preparations are under way! Easter and spring are a time of renewal and rebirth (although spring has been excruciatingly slow to arrive here this year!). Eggs and nests are perfect symbols of the season.
Once again, I made natural dyed Easter eggs using onions skins, herbs and early flowers from the garden.
I picked pansies from the pots on the front porch and other early flowers from the garden like scilla and dwarf irises and included some parsley and other leafy herbs to decorate my eggs. The flowers/herbs are placed on the unboiled egg, then it is wrapped in onion skin.
The next part is a little tricky. The egg and its wrapping are carefully wrapped tightly in either nylon stockings or muslin cheesecloth. You need about 3 hands to do this but perfection isn't important. Then they are lowered into simmering water and allowed to gently simmer for about 30 minutes.
There will be more eggs nestled in this grassy 'nest'.
I've wanted to try chow mein noodle nests that I've seen so often and finally did my own version yesterday.
Chow Mein Noodle Nests
One bag of white chocolate chips
One bag of chow mein noodles
Sweetened coconut - toasted lightly in the oven
Candies to fill the baskets such as Jordan Almonds or M&Ms
Melt a bag of white chocolate chips in the microwave. Add chow mein noodles and some toasted coconut. Stir to coat, and press the mixture against the bottom and sides of a non-stick 12 cup muffin tin sprayed with additional non-stick spray. Cool in the refrigerator and then gently remove with a knife. Jordan almonds fill these edible nests.
My best wishes Easter wishes to you whether you celebrate with an Empty Nest, Partial Nest or a Full Nest!