This past weekend my Aunt Jacquie had me over to teach me how to make Pysanka Easter Eggs. Yes, this was after Easter but as I learned that Sunday afternoon, Pysanka Easter Eggs can't be rushed! It requires time, dedication, and the ability to be ok with an egg not going as planed (easier said then done).
Here's what you'll need to make your eggs (if you don't have an Aunt who comes well stocked with supplies these items can easily be found on Amazon).
How to (mostly)
· Wash the eggs in a water vinegar bath
· Let eggs come to room temperature for at least a day
· Prepare your dyes as per the package instructions and arrange from lightest to darkest
· Wash your hands well to remove oils which make it hard to dye the egg evenly
· Using a pencil divide your egg into quarters (this will help with spacing). You can use a rubber band as a guide. IMPORTANT: if you make a mistake don't rub it out - that changes the texture of the egg and causes more uneven dyeing.
· Start designing with your pencil and lay the foundation of your masterpiece (Pinterest has some great inspiration photos)
· Once you are happy with your design light your candle
· Heat the vessel of you Kistka up over the flame for ten to twenty seconds (as my Aunt says if it catches fire - just blow it out)
· Once the spout/vessel is hot hold it to the beeswax - it's heat will cause the beeswax to melt and flow into the Kistka
· Try your Kistka out on paper - once you are happy with the flow of the wax start drawing over your design
· At this point anything you cover will show up white on the final product
· Once happy with what you've selected to be white you can dye your egg (start with the lightest colour first) some dyes only need ten to twenty seconds others need five minutes so you will have to play around
· We used a spoon to drop the egg into the dye and I found it very helpful When removing the egg use the spoon and have paper towel handy so you can easily lift the egg off the spoon PAT the excess dye off the egg don't rub or the dye won't look consistent
· Repeat the drawing in wax and dyeing multiple times until you are happy with your design
·Our last step was to dye them black as a nice contrast colour
· To remove the beeswax and reveal your beautiful artwork hold your egg close to the top of the flame to melt the wax and gently rub it off with a tissue. Don't let your egg get to hot or it will explode.
· The last step is a day or two later to cover the eggs in a coat of oil based polyurethane to seal and protect the egg (the inside of the egg will dry up over time)
· Enjoy your beautiful work (just a heads up it took me about four and a half hours to do three eggs)
I really enjoyed making these eggs with my Aunt and we've already talked about doing them before Easter next year. If you try this yourself, keep in mind my instructions come from my first time doing this - so you may want to double check with the internet that this method works for you.
Also, it's fun that my family, all with Irish backgrounds, celebrate Easter with a Ukrainian tradition - what's one of your family traditions?
So - I have to apologize for the delay - I got so wrapped up in Spring and cooking yummy food that I forgot to actually write about the food I've been making.
One of my favourites in the past week or so has been creamy pesto chicken pasta. One of the best things about this meal is it comes together in under 25 minutes. The key is to start chopping veggies while you preheat the oven and start boiling water once the chicken is in the oven.
Tip: don't forget the Parmesan cheese - you can't have pasta without it!
I love to cook, entertain, craft and create - all while being a wife, friend, daughter and a mom to a little boy.