Easter was at my parents' this year and I was absolutely categorically told not to bring anything so ... I pretty much ended up ignoring Easter at my house. No lamb, no ham, no beets, no dyed eggs.
Well, no eggs deliberately dyed Easter. I did dye quail eggs, because I wanted to know if I really good (Pinterest said yes, but Pinterest can be full of lies). After, getting The Husband's immigration status squared away (biometric screenings, hurrah!) on Good Friday, we ran a bunch of errands, ending at A Dong Supermarket in West Hartford.
We'd never been before and rather ran amok Buying. All. The. Things. And I need to go back. With a list, now that I know what they have, and take advantage of their cheap, but beautiful produce. I did pick up a half dozen Chinese pears (carefully selected whilst The Husband tried to attack me with a dragon fruit ... why was I so worried about his immigration status, again?) and 1½ dozen quail eggs.
I adore quail eggs, but have only ever seen them before at the local farmers markets where they are generally too dear for frequent purchase. But these were cheap (relatively speaking) and it had been soooo long since I'd had any -- hard-cooked quail eggs, shelled and lavishly peppered, are perfectly snackalicious -- so I bought them. Only one carton. Which I immediately regretted upon arriving home. Why not two, self? Why?
To hard cook the eggs, I put them in pan and covered them with cold water. Then I covered the pan and brought it to a boil. As it approached a boil, I gently stirred the eggs to try to center the yolks (still not sure this worked, but I read it on Pinterest and it didn't do any harm). As soon as the pan came to boil, I turned off burner and remove the pan from heat. I left it, still covered, off heat for 3 min.
Then dye the eggs, I combined ½ cup hot water (from the egg pan), ¼ cup white vinegar, and a liberal amount of blue food coloring in a deep bowl. I gently added the eggs and let them sit for 5 min, then I removed the eggs to a a cooling rack and let them dry. When they were dry, I rubbed with a little canola oil for shine.
Overall, I think they're adorable. A few of the eggs shells showed calcification (the white deposits) and those spots wouldn't take the dye, but I think that just added to its funky faux rustic look?