Decorative Dyed Easter Eggs

A friend shared this link on facebook and I thought it was such a good idea that I gave it a go.


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Flower and herb patterned eggs dyed with onion skins, turmeric, red cabbage and beetroot.

You will need:

Fresh Eggs

Herbs, leaves and flowers – I used primroses, dill, cardoon leaves and olive leaves.

stockings or tights and a pair of scissors

4 onions, skins only and 1 tablespoon turmeric powder

4-6 red cabbage leaves and 1 beetroot, chopped

2 pans with lids

For instructions look at the link from Handy’s



Place the flowers, herbs and leaves on the eggs and tightly wrap in the cut stocking. Bury the eggs in the vegetable leaves, cover with water and boil for ten minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and leave in a cool place for 12 hours before removing and unwrapping the eggs.

Pomme de Terres Solognotes

MediteraneanRecipes& serve with…. potato and vegetable accompaniments

I found this beautiful dish in a delightful book Cuisine Du Terroir; the Lost Domaine of French Cooking; Blenheim House Books.  This is my adaptation of a light and fragrant potato gratin which can be served as a simple meal  or to accompany a roast or casserole.


Herb infusing milk for Pommes du Terres Solgonotes

Serves 4

300ml milk

300ml double cream

25g fresh herbs such as basil, tarragon, flat leaved parsley

1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme

5 black peppercorns

650 g potatoes

1 clove garlic

30g soft butter


50 g grated gruyere cheese

Put the milk into a pan along with the herbs and peppercorns. Over a moderate heat bring the milk to the boil and simmer for ten minutes, being careful not to burn the milk on the base of the pan. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the herbs to infuse while you prepare the potatoes.

Peel and thinly slice the potatoes and put them into a heat proof mixing bowl.  Bring the infusing milk back to the boil and then strain  the milk over the potatoes and discard the herbs.

Cut the garlic clove in half and rub the cut side thoroughly over the base and insides of  a 1 1/2  litre gratin dish and then butter the dish generously.

Heat the oven to 180c/gas 5

Drain the potatoes  and reserve about 100ml of the infused milk.  Mix the reserved milk with the double cream. Arrange the sliced potatoes, overlapping them in the dish in layers.  Season each layer with a little salt and some of the infused milk and cream. When all of the potato is layered pour over the remaining milk and cream.

Cover the gratin with a  butter paper or a piece of buttered baking parchment.  Put the gratin dish onto a baking tray and bake for 30 minutes. After this time the potatoes should be cooked and the cream thickened and bubbling. Remove the paper, sprinkle the grated cheese over the top of the gratin and return to the oven for ten to fifteen minutes to brown.

Serve as a simple meal with a light salad or as an accompaniment to a Roast or Casserole.



Hot Cross Bun Bread & Butter Pudding

Easter Hot Puddings

Seduced by the ‘buy one get one free’ packs at the checkout counter I found myself with a pack of rapidly staling hot cross buns. This simple and utterly delicious recipe was created as a way to use them up.


Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding. milk and cream infused with lemon zest, bay leaves and grated nutmeg

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