Easter Eggs à la Latvia

This year I spent Easter in Latvia with a real Latvian family. I learned how to make Easter eggs Latvian style and I thought I would share some secrets…

How To Make Latvian Easter Eggs

The first thing that you’ll need is an egg. Place the egg on a piece of gauze about a foot long.

Wet the egg with water. Sprinkle some miežu putraimi over the egg. If you are out of miežu putraimi, don’t worry. I later found out that it is just a fancy Latvian word for barley.

Take some red and white onion peals and wrap them around the egg. If you have any green herbs you can use these as well. You can also use a candle to draw or write on the egg. I made a nice letter S on mine.

Wrap everything up in the gauze. Take a piece of thread and tie everything together.

Boil the eggs for about 10 or 15 minutes. Unwrap the gauze and voilà, Latvian Easter Eggs!!! And remember, Latvians ALWAYS eat their Easter eggs with a lot of salt because, I was told, if you don’t, it means that you are going to “lie all year.” And nobody likes a liar.


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