Happy Saturday ! It’s all about the Egg at the Library as we have our annual Egg knocking contest and fun.
Coming from the French word for Easter, “Pâques,” the Cajun French verb “pâquer” indicates the action of two people each holding an egg in one fist with the smaller end up, then knocking them together in a tournament style.
Egg pâquing remains popular in the Acadiana region, with the most prominent celebration in Marksville. There, a public, annual contest is hosted on the courthouse lawn.
The tradition, also known as “pocking” or “egg knocking,” typically leads to a lot of cracked eggs … and a lot of egg or potato salad for the Easter holiday.
The game’s rules have never changed and are very simple. Basically, it, ahem, boils down to who has the hardest egg. When two competitors agree to do battle, one person holds a hard-boiled egg, usually small end up, and the other taps it with the small end of his or her egg. The idea is to crack the competition’s egg without breaking your own.
After the Contest : Egg Salad Sandwiches for everyone:
- 8 eggs
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup chopped green onion
- 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
Place chopped eggs in a bowl; stir in mayonnaise, green onion, and mustard. Season with paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir and serve on your favorite bread or crackers