RECIPE Creative Way to Decorate Easter Eggs

Author(s): Olja Ljubišić Photographer(s): RZ
Colouring the eggs with natural ingredients and decorating it with beeswax is favourite Easter activity in Dubrovnik area. Dubrovnik Daily got the tips and tricks from Romana Zglav, very active member of Konavle community. 

‘Over 15 years ago, my father made me necessary tools and I decided to learn this traditional craft by myself,’ Romana starts her story about penganje jaja as it is called in Croatian language.

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‘First you would want to cook the eggs and remove those that cracked. Then, let them cool. Later on, put the beeswax in a little bowl and keep it on the stove. The wax needs to be hot and liquid.’

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‘I’ve discovered all sorts of motives and patterns and slowly began to paint,’ Romana says showing her decorations.

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‘Once you have decorated all the eggs, it’s time for colours. Here in the countryside, we have lot of options for natural colouring in our gardens - from onion peels to beetroot. You can use industrial ones or even aniline colour for fabrics. Whatever the choice, it’s recommendable to put water, salt, vinegar and colour pigment with the eggs in the pot. It needs to be cooked on low fire so the beeswax could fall off,’ Romana finishes her DYI manual for decorating Eastern eggs on traditional way. 

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