Every year in the run up to Easter the UK internet communities are bustling with frantic searches for white eggs. Germans and Greeks are united, for once, in their desperate need for eggs to paint, decorate and display, and the only issue is the fact that there are no white eggs on this island. Chicken eggs, that is, white duck eggs are widely available but I discarded that option on grounds of size (they are HUGE), thinness (imagine a 2 3/4-year-old decorating them) and sheer expense (£ 6 per egg – that’s, like, 10 deutschmarks using my un-updateable conversion chart from ca. 1999, the year I left Germany).
The second best option, as suggested by my trusted internet friends, was certainly the most logically and scientifically convincing one: as Leghorn chicken lay white eggs, buy a couple of Leghorns and – bingo! – you can have up to 100 white eggs a year. Unfortunately we don’t need 100 white eggs, only about ten or so, and we most certainly don’t need live chicken.
In the end I followed the most simple suggestion, which was to paint your ordinary eggs white. As I was painting the kitchen walls, I used the same paint, with limited success. You can’t really decorate them, and if you think the colour is streaky and uneven, you should see the kitchen.