The last staged picture of the dumpster dived food shows a bowl filled with onion peels. There is a good reason I was picking them up from Lidl’s container. The Easter egg dyeing! When you have no other, more unusual or “luxury” natural dye material, onion peels are the most accessible and safest way to dyed eggs. Every Latvian grandma still dyes the Easter eggs this way, and they know their way around this.
I was invited to dye eggs at a friend’s place so I grabbed the bag with onion peels, my flatmate took the eggs and off we went. When we arrived, our friends were already doing paintings and illustrations with markers and paints:
I also did my marker-coloured egg, which turned out pretty boring compared to the artworks above:
And then I got to the onion dye. First, I put the onion peels in a pot with water and boiled them. Meanwhile, some of the raw and white eggs got some string, leaves and pieces of onion peel wrapped around them:
Then, they’re settled carefully in the dark brown water and mixed up with with the boiled onion peels.
After boiling the whole mixture for 15 mins, I left them some 15 more minutes in the pot. After that came the most exciting part: seeing the metamorphosis, unwrapping the eggs and seeing the surprises of the ornaments that this process has created. For that, I first filled a bowl with a cold water and placed the boiled eggs there:
Here’s the simplest one and more ornamented ones:
When they dry they become more matte:
For the Easter dinner, I brought two packages of dumpster dived prepared potato gratin slightly past best before dates:
We also made a side dish – salad of dumpster dived ruccola, fennel, celery stalks:
…and dumpster dived broccoli was paired and baked together with freshly bought potatos:
And so we had a really nice Easter dinner!
* The ingredients in bold are dumpster dived or taken from Solidarity fridges.