“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.”
~ Bernard Meltzer
You know the feeling. You need something to eat, but you’re not famished. Or perhaps you’re tired or a bit poorly and you want a meal that’s quick and no-fuss, but healthier than a bag of chips or a handful of biscuits…
If you have eggs and bread you’re set. This meal works for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack!
When I finally arrived home at my farm last night and found an almost bare cupboard, this was a perfect simple dinner with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice from the fruit in our orchard.
I’ve loved soft boiled eggs and dippy toast soldiers since I was a little girl and my Nana would make them for me when I went for sleep-overs at her house. If it was cold I always got to wear her dressing gown too. Cosy, warm and loved – that’s how this old-fashioned recipe makes me feel, just like Nana’s gown.
2 to 3 fresh eggs per person, one slice of bread per egg, and some butter, salt and pepper. Egg cups to serve.
Set a saucepan of water on the stove to boil. Add a liberal pinch of salt. This helps to prevent the egg shells from cracking.
When the water is boiling rapidly use a slotted spoon and gently lower each egg into the water, releasing it slowly so it doesn’t bang on the bottom of the pot and crack. When all the eggs are in your pot set a timer for three minutes.
*Note on timing: my husband likes his eggs REALLY runny so I cook his for three minutes. The white will still be a little wobbly too and you’ll be able to scoop the entire egg out with your toast! I leave mine in the pot for another 30 seconds to a minute after I have taken it off the heat. This sets the white but the yolk will still have a runny centre. The picture at the top of the page is my egg (four minutes – you can see the yolk is starting to firm around the edges) and the picture below is Ben’s three minute egg – gloriously runny. Once you get to five minutes your yolks will be quite firm and will still be delicious but you won’t be able to dip your toast in.
While the eggs are cooking take some time to get your plates out, and place an egg cup, a knife and a teaspoon on each plate. Put your bread in the toaster, and when it’s done to your liking butter it and slice each piece into three or four narrow fingers. (If you make them too fat they won’t fit into your egg for dunking!)
To serve place an egg in the egg cup and the spare egg beside it, and then add a pile of toast. Use your knife to tap the side of the egg and then chop the top off, revealing the gooey yolk. Add a grind of salt or pepper if you wish, and then take a toast ‘soldier’ and dip it into your velvety, runny egg.
Eat with gusto!