you will need
a dozen organic eggs
skins from ten onions, some red and some white
2 tbsp vinegar
muslin or sheer nylon tights cut into 12cm squares
flowers and leaves, or grass and herbs to decorate
place the onion skins into a large saucepan, fill with water and leave for a few hours or overnight.
meanwhile check the eggs and scrape off any mud or straw.
dampen each egg, gently press some leaves or flowers onto the surface and place it on a square muslin. knot tightly, tying each one securely with the material.
add the vinegar to the onion skin liquid, bring to the boil and simmer for about 10 minutes, then carefully lower the prepared eggs into the saucepan one by one.
cook for about 8-10 minutes to your liking, then remove from the heat and leave to cool.
inspect the eggs for colour density. when you are happy with the colour, remove them from the liquid before cutting off the muslin and leaves.
pat dry and wipe with oil for a glossy finish.
you can experiment with the colour by adding a sliced beetroot to the solution, and using red or white onions and red or white wine vinegar.