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Tap, Pock, Jarp and Roll

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The MLE (Major League Eating) is the world body that oversees all professional eating contests.

Broke a record or my own, no cracked eggs!

The MLE states that the current hard-boiled egg eating record holder is  Sonya Thomas, who is 43 and weighs 105 lbs. She ate 65 hard-boiled eggs in 6 minutes and 40 seconds! Hmmm…

I like hard-boiled eggs, in moderation. I love to color Easter eggs.

I’m not artistic. I do it for the simple, joyful pleasure of watching the white shells turn green and yellow and purple.

I did a better boiling job this year. No cracks or crevices for the dye. On the downside, the chicken salad sandwiches will be less festive!

Our new site is right in the middle of a wheat field. While some snakes eat eggs, none seem to prefer hard-boiled. Still, an Easter egg hunt would probably be unwise.

Sporty eggs

Instead, we’re giving plastic eggs, candy and bubblegum to everyone who come through the gate. The guys seem to get a kick out of it. We started with the crew that went home Tuesday. They may just be humoring me but I’m having fun!

I don’t miss the hunt. I’m more of the Cook, Look and Eat type now-a-days. But when I was little, and especially with my own kids, I loved Easter egg hunts.

Traditional plastic

I thought all Easter egg games involved hunting. I didn’t realize how many other traditional Easter egg games there are until I went to Europe last fall. It’s amazing what you can learn from the driver of a Black Cab in London!

In England, they play a game where hard-boiled eggs (pace eggs) are given to each player. They hit the other player’s egg with their egg. Depending on who you ask, this is called this Egg Tapping,  Dumping or Jarping. The winner is the holder of the last intact egg.

The losers get to eat their eggs. I don’t know what the winner does with his? I do know that there’s an annual Easter Egg Jarping World Championship game held every year at the Peterlee Cricket Club.

As British, or Quidditch, as this sounds, it’s also Cajun! Like driving on the opposite side of the road, we Americans like what the Brits do, we just want to do it our way. That’s what got us here in the first place!

In Louisiana they have an Easter egg contest called Pocking Eggs. Pocking is like Jarping, but not quite. In Pocking Eggs, the winner eats the eggs of the losers in each round. The winner may be a future MLE contender!

Another fun Easter egg activity in parts of England, Scotland and Germany involves rolling Easter eggs down very steep hills. I doubt if there’s much egg eating involved.

The brown eggs may look a bit ripe, but they're actually egg-shaped rocks I found on the beach in Oregon. Happy Easter!

We’ve Americanized that, too. On the perfectly manicured lawn of the White House, Easter eggs are pushed with a spoon on a politically level playing field.

Today, whether you’re tapping or pocking or jarping or rolling or hunting, I wish you an Easter filled with joy and grace and blessings!

11 thoughts on “Tap, Pock, Jarp and Roll

  1. I make Scotch eggs! Big yum…
    1 pound pork sausage meat
    2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    4 hard-cooked eggs, peeled
    1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1 egg, beaten
    2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
    1 quart oil for deep frying
    In a medium bowl, mix together the pork sausage and Worcestershire sauce. Combine the flour, salt and pepper; mix into the sausage.
    Divide the sausage into four equal parts. Mold each part around one of the hard-cooked eggs, rolling between your hands to shape. Place the beaten egg and bread crumbs into separate dishes. Dip the balls into the egg, then roll in the bread crumbs until coated. Shake off any excess.
    Heat the oil in a large saucepan or deep fryer to 365 degrees F or until a cube of bread dropped into the oil turns brown in 1 minute. Lower the eggs carefully into the hot oil. Fry for 5 minutes, or until deep golden brown.

    • Miss K – So that’s what they do with the eggs in Scotland after they roll them down the hill! Wow!
      That sounds seriously good! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Hey there John! Happy Anniversary! I’m going to town this afternoon to do laundry. When I figure out how I got home, I’ll send directions! 🙂

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