The outfit of the day marked by a hashtag has long been tag of choice for those who feel like they’re looking their best for the day’s to-do. Take a look at my personal Instagram and I’m quite guilty of this practice of slight self-admiration and accomplishment.
Lest we look like a potato sack after rummaging the closet and striking a pose in front of the mirror for an hour, but I digress.
I just spent 5 hours of my day boiling a dozen eggs in tea and spices to achieve just that, their OOTD.
I’m quite happy with how they turned out. Albeit this is simply for a bit of fashion just a wee bit shy of a Fabergé Egg, you start by boiling your eggs as you would for any other hard-boiled egg then transferring them to an ice water bath after they have finished cooking.
While in the water gently crack the eggs all around, but do not remove the shells. It is important to keep the shells intact to get the right colouring during the steeping process.
In a large pot, add:
- 4 Cups Water
- 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Sugar
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 2-3 Star Anise
- 1 Tbsp Whole Peppercorns
- 2-3 Black Tea Baga
- A handful of orange zest shavings from a vegetable peeler
Once the water and spices have come to a boil, add your eggs and simmer for about and hour. Watch the water level!
I shelled them immediately since they’re not going to last very long in my hands, but they do keep for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. I have seen some recipes transfer the eggs (still in shells) and into a large mason jar or canister with the tea and spices. This method also allows for stronger flavour infusion as they continue to steep until you’re ready to eat them.
They’re quite interesting to look at. Are they alien eggs? Dinosaur eggs? No, just Chinese tea eggs wearing a fancy marbleized coat.