"Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:18
I had a plan, I mean, I actually worked this out on Boxing Day morning when I was planning what I would make this year. Easter, I thought, that is going to be easy... I am going to dye eggs and decorate them... they will be marbled, painted and sponged to within an inch of their lives. I can do this.
I had done this as a child, I knew it was possible, in fact in my mind's eye I could see my set of four food dyes and the colour mixing chart.
I got myself ready:
I blew the eggs through... I have a freezer full of beaten eggs... I have a head full of egg recipes, scrambled, omelettes, quiches and cakes...
Then the first disaster struck, the eggs were a sort of reddy brown and the dye just would not take, no matter how much food colouring I put in. I then had a cunning plan... I would go to the Co-Op and Tescos and swap the brownish eggs for white ones...
I am not sure if you now this but there are no longer the white eggs that there used to be, they are all an amorphous reddish brown colour... plan abandoned, nothing to do with the odd looks that I got from the assistants.
Well, dear reader, I did what any self respecting muppet would do, I retired to the pub to regroup.
Then on Thursday, I had a lucky break... duck eggs in Sainsburys... they were driven snow white, I knew these would work.
WRONG! I left them soaking overnight... is it the Essex water, I wondered... or is it the organic dyes? Because yet again, it would not work.
So this year there will be no tutorial on colouring eggs for Easter... mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa
But I do promise you that next year I will have cracked it... maybe :)