Monday, October 20, 2008

Scary Spiderweb Eggs

Oh, how I wish I had the creative mind of Martha. I have her energy. I have her ability to juggle many things at once. I share her enthusiasm for entertaining and her obsession with making things perfect. And I even have her 'blondish' hair.

Though I can follow directions very well, and I can manipulate an idea enough to make it mine, I don't quite have that Martha talent for coming up with those amazing ideas for decor and recipes on my own. So I rely on the real deal for inspiration. Here's a cutesie idea that Martha had for a Halloween Party appetizer: Spiderweb Eggs.

Her idea is simple, really. Hard boil some eggs with blueberries (known for their natural staining ability) to prep them for their web creations. The eggs will turn a light shade of gray.

Remove the eggs and whack them gently with the handle of a whisk- to create a nice 'crack.' Place the cracked eggs into a bowl and pour the blueberry cooking liquid over the top. Place the bowl in the fridge to give the tinted liquid a chance to do its magic, and let the eggs cool completely.

Gently peel the cooled eggs to reveal the spidery web that has been created under shell. The web will be a dark gray color, and and egg will NOT taste of blueberries in any way!

The result is a bunch of eggs looking rather spider-webby. Serve them up with a little dish of your favorite chunky salt. Martha recommends gray sea salt for a spookier pairing.

And don't forget to add some scary spiders!

I'm going to be a really cool Mom this week and slip these into my son's lunchbox with a couple of fake spiders tucked in there too. I wonder if Martha has thought of that one?

This recipe can be found HERE.

67 comments:

Manggy said...

Creepeee! I am glad to hear, though, that they taste nothing of blueberries. Ha ha ha!
I think you do fine as a mini-Martha (hey, she has a whole staff to think up these things). Plus, you don't have a criminal record!! :P

Bellini Valli said...

Martha has an entire entourage to keep her organized and think up new ideas...at least that is what I tell myself. Not to say that she isn't an amazing woman but you're doing great.Spiders in the lunch box that is a cool mom!

Snooky doodle said...

these look great. Ideal for halloween and they re not difficult to do either

Sylvie said...

What a great Halloween treat!

Jin Hooi said...

Cool !!! This is very clever ;-)) haha.. thanks for sharing

Ivy said...

That's a great idea and the kids will love this.

Stacey Snacks said...

The spider eggs look like pieces of marble. My mother used to have a basket of carerra marble eggs on her dining room table in the 70's. Why? I dont know!

Robin Sue said...

Yup that Martha, she sure does have the ideas. This is a very cute post. Great idea! Thanks!

Prudy said...

Those look so fun. And I'm with bellini-Martha's ideas are the result of a whole staff. I love her, so I mean it as no insult. Wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall at one of her meetings?

Peter M said...

How cool and so easy...and I must admit...I'm a li-li-li-little scared!!!

Wives with Knives said...

How fun and clever is that! My grandchildren will love it.

WishTrish said...

What a genius idea! I can't wait to use it!!

Leslie said...

Love em! They are to cool! Perfect for halloween!

Dawn said...

Don't forget that Ms. Martha has a huge team of helpers that pretty much design most of her ideas. Not all of them are hers.
These creepy eggs came out perfect!! You have talent. If you had 25 helpers you would have your own show too! lol

Laurie said...

I;m with Val. I don't think with all her attendants she will ever be lacking in ideas!

These eggs look pretty creepy! And "that's a good thing".. :)

Patsyk said...

Those are the coolest eggs EVER! My boys would probably have quite a laugh at school over fake spiders in their lunch... I'd get a phone call though since our school discourages anything truly scary this time of year.

Happy cook said...

Hey you are martha yourself, with all these wonderful ideas.

nicole said...

That is such a cool idea. I will need to try it. Thanks!

Culinarywannabe said...

That's so fun! Don't forget - Martha has a whole team that comes up with these ideas too - I'm sure we could all be superwoman with a whole team behind us.

lisaiscooking said...

So cool. These look great!

Deborah said...

I'm the same as you - I can't come up with these ideas, but I sure do like to use them! Love the spiderweb eggs!

HoneyB said...

Pretty cool. I love them. If only I had kids to do this with. Maybe in another 5-10 years there will be grandkids. Maybe 5 years. 10 years seems like too long to wait! :-)

anudivya said...

That is such a cool idea! And it does look creepy with the spider and the gray salt.

Sandie said...

These are a super cute idea and as so many others have mentioned, it's the team behind Martha that makes her so seemingly fabulous (she, while brilliant in her own right, is also savvy enough to employ phenomenal people)!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Hi there Lori. I've seen this before and even though it creeps me out, I love it. Halloween is so cool. Thanks for the great idea.

Helene said...

I love this, cute! I think Martha is really good but don't forget the tons of creative people working for her.

Roger. said...

THAT IS SO AWESOME!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I had no idea blueberries would do that to eggs! Cool!

Maria said...

I think those are a little too scary for me! I hate spiders!

aleta meadowlark said...

Oh, these are just like tea eggs except with grey instead of brown. I was thinking of making these for Halloween! Except I wouldn't have known to make them grey. And also, I don't have any kids so I can't be a cool mom. =(

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Wow...how great is this idea! Loving it!

Bridgett said...

Those are darling and disgusting all in one! Very creative idea and yours turned out perfectly. I love it!

Matt said...

As a fourth grade teacher, I can assure you that if any of my students brought in Spiderweb Eggs and plastic spiders, they would be the talk of the lunchroom.

I love Martha Stewart and her passion for celebrating holidays, especially Halloween, which appeals to the kid in us all...

Your son is one lucky boy...

gingela5 said...

Ohh those are creepy! I love them!

Mary Coleman said...

I'm impressed!!! Very cool looking!

noble pig said...

I saw hers with the centipedes and all that, these are very cool looking and I thought wow, I love it. Kudos for making these!

Heather said...

ok i am in love! those are the cutest things ever! yours turned out so well!!

Bunny said...

Oh My Gosh what a neat idea!! That would be perfect for a party! I bet your son will be the envy of his lunch table !!

Veronica said...

I love these!! You did a beautiful job on them! You're a young hip Martha.

Michelle said...

These look fun!! I love that you're adding the spider! :)

Nick said...

Gotta say, that's a crazy cool and unique idea. I can't wait to have kids so I can freak them out with random things in their lunchbox every day...

That Girl said...

I am totally going to make this for my husband...but not tell him. I just want to see the look on his face.

the southern hostess said...

Oooo...spooky! What a fun idea!

Rosie said...

Scary-delicious eggs!! This is a great idea for Halloween!

Rosie x

Parker said...

That is so cool, what a great decor for a halloween party.

ayankeeinasouthernkitchen said...

They are certainly scary! Halloween was always fun when the kids were growing up. You sound like a very fun mom!

Pam said...

My daughter loves Halloween but hates eggs...this may be the one way I can get her to eat them. Great idea!

Mark Boxshus "Cookie Doctor" said...

Nicely done. Halloween is a lot of fun. I often believe the adults actually have a better time than the kids!

"Doc"

Jo said...

So creative! These already give me goose-bumps and I'm sure your son's friends will have a riot out of this!

Lisa said...

My daughter will love these.

Katrina said...

Those are COOL!

Choosy Beggar Tina said...

How many of those ideas are REALLY Martha's? Not many...she's too busy with her empire, and that's what a well heeled staff are for!! I love her ideas as well, just not the ones that involve ridiculous amounts of sparkle.

Have you ever had Chinese tea eggs? They look similar (but brown, not grey)but the flavour of tea and soy comes through. An acquired taste, but delightfuL!

Elra said...

I think you do have the Martha's talent. Look at those eggs, they are successfully looking cool. Perfect for halloween!
Cheers,
elra

CookiePie said...

How cute! I'm sure your son will love them! And remember - Martha has a whole staff to come up with ideas - I'm sure you're every bit as creative (and much nicer)!

Tami said...

These are really super creepy! Very ingenious!

Bitten Sweets said...

this looks really cool!

diva said...

holy macaroni! this is the coolest thing i've seen ALL WEEK! i never knew blueberries could do that...other than the fact tht it bleeds in cakes and muffins. geeez. you're so creative! and these look positively wicked..

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Hi Lori. I know I already commented on this post, but I wanted to ask if you could come by my blog and pick up an award I have for you. Thanks.

Marysol said...

My son loves anything to do with spiders, so he'll deem this "awesome."

I would've never thought of using blueberries for dyeing eggs; cool idea!

Rachel said...

too cute!

Grace said...

these are fantastically eerie--martha would surely be proud. :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Ahhhh! I love these!

Jenny said...

CUTE! My boys would LOVE these. Totally doing it!

Emiline said...

Ooooooooooohhhhh creepy.

Adam said...

Haha those are awesome. I think they are perfect for halloween. Even better than eyeball eggs :)

jwu said...

This isn't really an original idea by Martha. It's just tea eggs except using blueberries instead of tea.

Whoopie. A whole creative team to barely modify something that already existed.

Janna said...

SO CUTE! I love this!
Have you ever made a tea egg? I really want to try and I have had a recipe saved for a whole year.