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Happy Easter! by ALINAFMdotRO Happy Easter! by ALINAFMdotRO
I don't usually celebrate religious holidays, but this year I started to feel like I'd like to do some traditional stuff, even if they have something to do with religion. After all, holidays are all about family and good food. :D And if we want to teach Gemma things about all religions we could very well start with the one we've been raised into. ^_^

So for Easter I decided to make a bit of traditional Romanian food: red eggs, ciorbă de miel (sour lamb soup) and cozonac ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cozonac ).

For now I only made the eggs. I used the traditional method: I dyed them using red and yellow onion leaves! :la: And I got the patters using leaves from some random plants. :D It was really fun to do and it was my first time! I used a recipe I found online. Next year I will try to improve it and get a brighter red. :D

The cozonac will be the biggest challenge as it is quite tricky to make. The soup is easy to make... lamb meat is pretty expensive though! So I will only make a little. :D

Do you use a natural method to color the eggs? Do you color eggs at all? :D In your family are there any special foods you eat on Easter?

Hugs! :love:
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kutiska Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
I use the same method. Easy and sooo good looking :) Try red onion. We celebrate it like you-good food and family, no religion but who cares? It´s important to spend time together! :)
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ALINAFMdotRO Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016   Artisan Crafter
I did use red onion. ^_^ Thank you! :D
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
Lovely!  I did some like this, but they didn't turn out this strongly colored.  Haven't photographed them for some reason, so here is a quick pic I just took with my phone XD : www.dropbox.com/s/15p08twkz4dz…
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ALINAFMdotRO Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016   Artisan Crafter
They still look beautiful! :D Thanks for sharing your photo! ^_^
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BlondLight Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
That's how my mom used to dye them when she was young. But when we tried to paint them this way it was a bigfailure :'D still we enjoyed doing it :p
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ALINAFMdotRO Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Why do you say it was a failure?
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BlondLight Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
You can barely see the shapes of the leaves and some left no mark at all. I think that the leaves we picked were too thin :P
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ALINAFMdotRO Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Or maybe they didn't stick well? How did you keep them on the eggs during boiling?
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BlondLight Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
I cut nylon tights and attached them around each egg with the leaves on it. So it can be that they didn't stick well too.
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ALINAFMdotRO Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Did you attached them wet? That is how I did. And then I left them in the boiling water for at least 20 minutes and some more time after I turned off the fire. :D At the beginning it looked like I am gonna fail too, but I was patient. ;P
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BlondLight Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Sorry for my late reply :p I'm sorry but I don't really understand what do you mean by attaching them wet. :s Do I get a better result if the tights are wet when I attach them?
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ALINAFMdotRO Featured By Owner May 4, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Nooo, if the leaves are wet before attaching them. Because if they are wet they stick well and the colored water doesn't get under them. If your eggs got colored but the patterns didn't remain it might be because the leaves didn't stick well on them. I imagine you used fresh leaves, so the water couldn't go THROUGH them. :D
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freawyn Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
These are really pretty. This is my favourite coloring method. The color is much better than artificial dyes.
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ALINAFMdotRO Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D I think so too. And you also know there is nothing harmful in them. ^_^
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soulSmith1 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Omg there so amazing happy easter
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ALINAFMdotRO Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :la: Do you have any important holiday in this time of year?
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soulSmith1 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Nop nothing lol
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Sheikh1 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
!
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Sheikh1 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
YES
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ALINAFMdotRO Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Artisan Crafter
:nod:
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Widget101 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
these are gorgeous! when we color eggs, it's always storebought dye tablets and a white crayon we use
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ALINAFMdotRO Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Artisan Crafter
My mother always used that kind of dye too. It is such a pity how traditional ways get lost sometimes, just because they are not as "perfect" or easy/simple. I am glad not everyone forgot about them and I can participate in their revival. ^_^
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Fayerin Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hi :aww: your piece was featured in my Finding Feel feature related to Easter :aww:
fayerin.deviantart.com/journal…
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ALINAFMdotRO Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot! :aww:
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Fayerin Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you are very welcome :hug:
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DarkJazmin11 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Frumos! Chiar  imi place, e si natural pe langa traditional :) :clap:
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ALINAFMdotRO Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Da, și mie mi-a plăcut partea asta cu natural. ^_^
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DarkJazmin11 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Acum le vopsim cu din astea ce contin chimicale. 
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Karalora Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
These eggs are outstanding! I've always wanted to try using natural dyes. Is onion skin easy to work with?
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ALINAFMdotRO Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Artisan Crafter
IMO it is very easy. :D It does take longer and you must respect the steps, but it's also fun. And of course you must not expect the bright colors you get with chemical dyes.
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Brookette Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   Artisan Crafter
I've never tried natural dyes for eggs, I grew up using the the colored tablets with vinegar. But these look so pretty, I really want to try it sometime! :la:

Hmm...special foods for Easter...not really. Most years my mom will make a ham, but idk what she's making this year, it will be a surprise when we get there if it's ham or something different! :D

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ALINAFMdotRO Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Artisan Crafter
I thought the same about the eggs when I saw those on the site with the recipe. I am really glad I tried! What kind of ham? Here we have a special delicious ham. We love to eat it with cheese (telemea). Personally I also like it with scallions and olives. ^_^
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Brookette Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Oh, just a regular baked ham, I'm even sure how she cooks it (I'm not really a cook :P)! But we ended up having Polish Sausage and Bratwurst, it was really good! :D
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MafiaVamp Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Happy Easter to you too! :la:
Those eggs look lovely, I find the plant silhouettes very intriguing and well crafted c: They make the eggs seeem so much more natural than all the colourful patterns people usually use. Speaking of which, that's what we did c; And we don't always colour eggs, just when we have the time and willingness XD
As for special foods, I can't really think of something. The food varies, though it's always something that we don't ge to eat every day, so it's still special.
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ALINAFMdotRO Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :la: In the Romanian cuisine we have special foods for every holiday. And there were times when people really made those foods only for those special occasions. ;P For example, the smell of oranges will forever remind me of Christmas. When I was a kid, winter, and especially Christmas, was the only time of the year when one could have found oranges in Romania. :lol:
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MafiaVamp Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
D'aww oranges for Christmas! Over here we often do get tangerines and walnuts around that time. Sometimes even St. Nicholas would bring them c':
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Makoto-4-13 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Happy Easter!!
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ALINAFMdotRO Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Artisan Crafter
:tighthug:
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Makoto-4-13 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Yay!
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