Amazing as it may seem I have managed to reach the ripe old age of Over 40 without ever making any colored Easter eggs. That deficiency has now been rectified. I made these yesterday.
I used gel food colouring which is more expensive that the liquid but I am told it lasts a long time - I bought a set of 8 colours for the rainbow layer cake I made last weekend for my son's birthday. I managed to take no photos of its multi coloured amazingness but the colour was certainly intense I can assure you.
For these eggs I used the teal colour and also violet. I soaked the gently hard boiled eggs for at least an hour, in water with a bit of vinegar. (I have learned through experimentation that the way to hard boil eggs is to cover with cold water, bring to a boil then turn heat off and leave for 14 or so minutes -this seems to stop the shells cracking).
As is sometimes the way with these kinds of exercises I appreciated the result more than my family who said variously:
'Isn't that a waste of eggs?' (husband)
'I don't eat hard boiled eggs.' (daughter)
'Yum when can I eat them are they chocolate?' (son)
But I still love them.
We are down at the beach for Easter. Yesterday was boiling hot and we swam in the surf. Then there were windy storms, and today it is cold. We will have the fire lit before Easter is over.