All Aboard! "It's Very Swedish..." a train on a cultural journey through Sweden, exploring the differences big and small between American and Swedish culture.
Eggs? Why is she writing about eggs? I could do a whole Bubba on eggs: eggs over easy, soft-boiled eggs, deviled eggs, eggs benedict, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, omelets, egg white omelets, Denver omelets...Americans eat eggs! This chick has lost it. Besides, is this whole month going to be about food? (No, it isn't.)
Well, I almost did lose it when I was working on the
taxes this afternoon, but no, I haven't lost it about eggs. In Sweden, the hard-boiled egg is the most popular, and it's found everywhere.
Go to any breakfast buffet, you'll find some. Eating a sandwich? There's probably some sliced egg on it. Having some of the popular WASA bread (available at Safeway) with kaviar (which we will get to at K) you'll probably put some sliced hard-boiled egg on it as well, THEN your dill. (Which was our topic yesterday.)
The most popular way to eat a hard-boiled egg, though, is in the egg cup, as pictured above,which The Nutritionist staged, The Swede photographed, and then emailed me from his iPhone 5c. Which he had before I got mine. Talk about "you will be assimilated..."
No, I don't have any egg cups of my own, though how that happened is truly a mystery since I have oodles of Farmor's (father's mother) kitchen equipment, and China sets, and table cloths...maybe Swissie has all the egg cups. Which wouldn't make sense. She doesn't like eggs...oh well, a mystery for another day.
As I was saying, put the hard-boiled egg in the egg cup. Cut off the top quarter with a sharp knife. Scoop out egg with small spoon. Tiny spoon. The kind Swedes stir coffee with. Like this:
Scoop egg out of top of shell and eat. Now you have an opening to the rest of the egg, and can scoop it out at will, adding condiments of your choice. You might like salt, pepper, kaviar, DILL, anchovies...who knows. Swedes eat a much more savory breakfast than we do.
You might be wondering if Swedes do the crazy stuff at Easter that we do with eggs. NO. They don't color eggs, they don't hide eggs, they don't give their kids baskets with eggs with candy inside, although I do remember one year getting a giant, as in probably 7" long by 3" wide, elaborately decorated egg that came apart and inside were little toys and some tiny wrapped candies.
I think Farmor and Farfar brought it to me from another European country they had visited on vacation. I saved it a long time, after eating the candy, of course. (I have a nick-name tab above if you don't know who all my people are...I'm done typing "father's mother" every time...see, still cranky from taxes...)
What's your favorite way to eat eggs? Do you color eggs at Easter?
~Tina, who asks that you pardon her crankiness. I'm writing my posts the night before and yes, it's 4/3 and yes I do know that the taxes are due in 12 days...hence the crankiness...sigh. Procrastination, oh how you kick me in the butt every year...
P.S Not bad on the picmonkey, eh? Learning. NOT INTUITIVE, despite what some creative people have told me...give me a calculus problem instead thankyouverymuch.