In Defense of Jelly, Pepper, and Eggs
Jelly, pepper, and eggs? I’m sure you’re wondering what in the world those three items have in common.
-“They’re all foods!”
As true as that is, that’s not the point. Jelly, pepper, and eggs all suffer from the same spotlight deficiency: second place blues. They’re all overshadowed by another. Without these, their counterparts may have never gotten their big break. This is the case for jelly, pepper, and eggs: star supporters!
Jelly puts the J in PB&J. . . literally. Without it, it’s just not a sandwich. There would be no personality. But we always say “peanut butter and jelly,” not “jelly and peanut butter.” Jelly always gets ripped. Peanut butter gets to fly first from the tongue while jelly ensues as an easily-misconstrued afterthought. January 24 is National Peanut Butter day in the U.S. and April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich day. But poor, second-place Jelly has no day all for itself. But peanut butter would be nothing if it weren’t for jelly. Jelly makes the mood. Need some nostalgia? Try grape jelly or strawberry. Business lunch? Go for the pepper jelly. Exotic escape? How about some cactus or dragonfruit jelly? Next time you see jelly, thank him.
Pepper takes its side-seat to salt. Sure, salt makes everything taste good, but pepper is what brings the spice to the party. Pepper is what makes your tongue dance, not salt. Sadly, pepper has been getting the shaft since pre-history. Both salt and pepper were once valuable and tradable commodities, but salt was the one which ultimately became the base for a very commonly used word today: salary. And pepper, well, now it’s just the shaker with fewer holes. (Unless you’re in the UK. They’re looking out for pepper.)
Ham and eggs, anyone? “Sure!” Bacon and eggs? “Any time!” Who’s up for eggs? “Um, got any ham or bacon to go with it?” Society doesn’t let eggs stand alone. Eggs are never enough. We even have substitutes for eggs because they can do a number on you cholesterol. Well you shouldn’t eat ham or bacon by itself either! Give eggs some credit. They’ve sat complementarily silent for so long and never complained. And we’ve been eating them as long as we can remember. Here’s to the egg: a second-place survivor!
There are many other pair-makers out there which should lest be overlooked. For now, shed thanks on these three: jelly, pepper, and eggs.