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