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Boiled Egg with Soldier

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So, it’s Easter and it’s a long weekend AND (possibly most importantly) last night we watched the fabulous Heston Blumenthal on ‘How to Cook Like Heston’ teach us how to cook the perfect soft-boiled egg.  I have been lucky enough to attend a dinner cooked by the man himself (along with the equally fabulous Thomas Keller), and I have a teensy crush on him.

All good reasons, I think, to share Heston’s way with you. Nothing beats a perfect soft-boiled egg with soldiers for breakfast, I reckon’! Heston’s way will ensure you have a beautifully runny yolk BUT the white will be cooked.  The man is a legend!


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As with many things in life, it is not difficult BUT you must start with the freshest of ingredients.  In this case – eggs!

You will need:

  • Enough large eggs for one per person
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  1. Place the eggs in the smallest pan available and only add enough cold water to cover them. Put the lid on the pan and place over the highest heat possible.
  2. When the water comes to the boil, remove the pan from the heat and wait for 6 minutes.  (I will be using a timer.)
  3. After the time has elapsed, remove the lid and carefully remove each egg. Cut the top of each egg before serving in egg cups.
  4. (Optional) Eat your perfect eggs with your soldiers.

We’ll be having this after collecting our fresh eggs from the market tomorrow. Happy Easter!