A few posts ago I published a blog titled “When Pigs Fly” addressing the origin of the well-known phrase as per a request from a coworker. With that idea in mind, I have decided to continue the idea with a biweekly question and answer post so here we go!
1. What exactly is the purpose of the mezzanine floor?
The mezzanine floor or entresol gets its name from the Italian mezzano meaning “middle”. It serves as an intermediate floor between two main floors of a building that often has a low ceiling that it shares with the lower level and serves as a balcony of sorts. It can also be used to refer to the lowest balcony of a theater or in a stadium setting, as premium seating with a clear unobstructed view of the playing field.
2. Why are deviled eggs called “deviled eggs”?
Deviled eggs, also called eggs mimosa in parts of Europe, originated in Ancient Rome. They are a common dish in the United States, especially in the Midwest and South where they are served as hors d’oevres. The term “deviled” has its earliest known appearance in print in 1786. In the 19th century, it came to be associated with foods seasoned with varying types of spices, so the addition of “deviled” to eggs just simply means the spicy seasoning added to the top of the egg. Funny enough in some areas of the American South and Midwest, the dish is referred to as “salad eggs” especially at church functions to avoid recognizing the word “deviled”.
And finally 3. Why are some eggs brown and some white?
The final question I’ve always wondered myself and I was pleasantly surprised that the answer is quite simple. Apparently, the eggshell color is caused by pigmentation during the creation of the egg and of course can differ depending on the type of breed and species. In the case of the chicken, hens with white earlobes lay white eggs and hens with red ear lobes lay brown eggs.
And so that concludes the first edition of Questions and Answers.