Cooking up a batch of color, AND some yellow beets (beets being food AND color, of course). We were careful, D. and I, to keep all food/dye implements separate, lest you blanch at the thought of my taking a sip of purple Ritz No. such-and-such. And please rest assured that I will NOT be stirring Easter soup with a chop stick saturated with dye.
Yesterday I read about wrapping eggs in silk and boiling them in water and 1/4 cup of vinegar. I had to try it. The big surprise was that the loveliest of the bunch came from a dark, dun-colored necktie fabric (four of the five orange eggs pictured below).
The former blue silk blouse was basically a bust (ha!), but the checked taffeta came out cool.
The easiest tool at-hand for securing the silks turned out to be bread tabs.
The last step will be to rub them with a little canola oil, for some shine. I used whole eggs, but next year (I say this now), perhaps I will blow some eggs in order to create some that will hold year-to-year (then I understand that you have to get a little clever about weighting them down in the pot so that they don’t float).
Those beets will be peeled tomorrow and dressed with a tangy vinaigrette… have I mentioned that I am a Salad Goddess? There are so many things that I am not very good at, that I hope you don’t mind, dear reader, the occasional reminder of my Goddess status in this area!
I will also be making Potato Leek soup. The leeks at Russo’s (local readers, I hear you swoon at the thought of Russo’s – and yes, I braved the crowded lots and aisles to go yesterday) were so unbelievable. I swear they are nearly as long as I am tall! I also will have watercress on the table for folks who want their soup with a little more peppery flavor. It is turning out to be an Irish dinner – two legs of lamb will be the centerpiece. Blanched asparagus, garlic parsley new potatoes and a salad with bitter greens, radicchio and endive will complete the fare.
Once I started dyeing, it got D. thinking. He wanted to tie dye two shirts, so we hauled up some tubs, rubber bands, gloves, squirter tubes, and soda ash.
I tie dyed three little layette pieces that have been sitting in the basement, washed and ready to go. They will be washed at least twice before being tagged for sale.
I have made some tiny cotton pants to go with. They are aqua.