Marbled Tea Eggs and Jane Eyre
Classics in Any Language
Not to be outdone by Dad's new iPad acquisition, Margaret enjoys a new Kindle, loaded with her favorite classics like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Gone With the Wind. She first read the novels in high school in Taiwan, translated into Chinese. "I was addicted to reading Western novels. Sometimes, I read under the covers with a flashlight so I wouldn't get in trouble after curfew."
Reading Snacks: Tea Eggs and Boiled Peanuts
What are Margaret's favorite reading snacks? Marbled Tea Eggs, Georgia boiled peanuts (a bit messy, but good, have to hold book in lap) and beef jerky! Tea eggs bring back memories of Taiwan where she grew up. "It was my after-school snack. All the students would head down the street to the corner convenience store. Believe it or not, 7-Eleven chain stores have been revived into very popular, multi-purpose stores across the entire island of Taiwan. There you'd find a simmering crock pot of tea eggs (with cracked shell still intact) stewed in a brown savory"tea soup" and smell the distinctive five-spice*-soy sauce-ginger aroma wafting through the whole store. Tea eggs are so popular, you'll find them in homes and shops everywhere in China and Taiwan from capital cities to the smallest country villages.
Five-spice is a blend of blend of cloves, fennel, star anise, cinnamon and Szechuan peppercorns. Some variations may have ginger, nutmeg and licorice. Interestingly, Chinese cooks and consumers associate cinnamon with savory foods, like braised meats or tea eggs, cooked with five-spice. In the West, we pretty much exclusively associate and use cinnamon in sweets and baked goods, not savory entrees.
Tastes as Good as They Are Beautiful
Delicious hot or cold, the savory and fragrant seasonings turn plain boiled eggs into flavorful and beautifully distinctive "marbled tea eggs" after peeling the outer shell. We make them overnight and pack them as essential car and travel food for work and vacation. They've come in really handy when I have an early and long day at a food show with few breaks. A different twist on deviled eggs, they surprise and convert boiled egg naysayers into a tea egg lovers!
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