Unless of course you are thinking 'why the heck would you dye your eggs?' which is fair enough. Fanny isn't chatting about heavily decorated eggs ready for Easter here, but it is hard boiled eggs flushed with a vibrant tint that have captured her attention. Ideal for any respectable Hors D'oeuvres selection you see. Gilded is best. She boils them in the normal way, and cools them under perfectly ordinary running cold tap water to maintain the glowing yellow yolks. No hint of greyness here. Absolutely not. Never.
Fanny peels the eggs (or gets some poor assistant to do it for her, you can never be too careful with your fingernails, can you?) then plunges them into bowls of strongly saturated perfectly ordinary cold water to take on the appropriate hue. Green remember? Well it should be. Fanny herself says so, but then adds that she has simply no idea why they emerge an hour later a terrific tinge of turquoise-blue. Fanny says not to ask her why they do, just to accept that they do. I'm clearly in 'curious not accepting' mood. If I was an assistant I'd be bashed. Perhaps it's a very particular chemical reaction between egg white and harmless vegetable food colouring? I wonder if food colourings have changed a bit since the 1970's so try one solitary boiled egg in green water first.
It does have a slight turquoise look to it, but I'd say it's still more green. I can barely believe that I have happily 'set to' comparing food colouring reactions on boiled eggs, but I have. This is what my life has become, I'm not sure how this has happened, don't ask, just accept that it has... The rest of the boiled batch are plunged into blue coloured water aiming for the more authentic Fanny-look, as in her own pictures. To not be authentic would be horrific, and who wants horrific oeufs hors d'oeuvres?
Fanny treats the embellished eggs in two separate ways. Some eggs are kept whole, with only a sliver sliced off their tops, ready to receive a little piped (green coloured, naturally, or at least harmlessly) mayonnaise and a sprinkling of Paprika. Presumably for even more colour. Other eggs are sliced from top to bottom, arranged on a plate, surrounded by finely chopped eggs and decorated with strips of the same coloured mayonnaise. It's a very colourful affair indeed. Fanny calls them Egg Barrels, or Oeufs à la Riga if you ever spot them on a very fancy hors d'oeuvres menu and aren't sure. Would you select one? Remember, the colouring is perfectly harmless, it never seemed to affect Fanny in any way at all, she seemed perfectly normal.