Last year, we were kindly invited to celebrate Orthodox Easter with our friends Vicky and Jeremy here in Amsterdam. Vicky and Jeremy are from Australia and are spending a few years in the Netherlands, but Vicky is originally from Macedonia. She grew up celebrating the traditional Orthodox Easter with her Macedonian family — the most significant celebration of the year (more important than Christmas or New Year even)!
Vicky and Jeremy were so sweet to invite us over to celebrate this most special day with them, and we had such a wonderful time, sharing the most delicious food: lamb, salads, sides, breads and sweets. And part of the tradition is also eating the most beautiful Easter eggs I had ever seen! Gorgeous, shiny eggs in a deep shade of auburn, with delicate leaf prints on them.
Vicky told me that the eggs are traditionally dyed red to represent Christ’s blood, and that eggs are often exchanged with friends at the midnight Easter mass at church, or left at church as well.
With Easter coming up again (time flies!), we asked Vicky to show us how to make these beautiful eggs for this The Little Things post. It was surprisingly easy, and so much fun for all ages!
12 med-large brown onions. Skins only.
1.5 L cold water
3 TB vinegar (balsamic)
We asked Ava and Kalina (Vicky’s little girl) to peel the onions — a job they handled really well!
Next, using a dish towel to keep the egg steady, she showed us how to position a leaf on the egg, stretch a thin pantyhose over the egg, and twist it around a few times. Then, she used thread to secure the pantyhose around the egg, and cut of the rest off the pantyhose.
Before the eggs are eaten and following Macedonian tradition, a very important competition has to take place! Everyone must select an egg and then crack each side (pointed or rounded) against one another until one person who has the strongest (uncracked) egg remains. The winner gets the luck for the year (and the glory of winning!).
What a fun morning, and what a beautiful Easter activity this was! I will definitely adopt this wonderful tradition from the Macedonian culture. Thanks so much for sharing, Vicky!
PS — This is the newest post in a series which is called ‘The Little Things’. Thank you Maud Fontein for taking these beautiful photos and thank you again Vicky for sharing this beautiful tradition with us! The beautiful Paris tea towel featured is by my friend Erika from MikoDesign. Sara, Ava and Casper are wearing clothes from Mabo.