Boiled eggs and toast soldiers
The simplest things are often the hardest to get right. To boil an egg you should start with it at room temperature, taking it straight from the fridge will affect its cooking time. The size of the egg will also dictate its cooking time. While guidelines can be given for timing many variables come into play, including of course how soft/hard you like your eggs.
- Place the egg into boiling water on a spoon carefully so as not to crack the shell.
- Boil for around 3 minutes for a runny egg , at least 5 minutes for a firm egg.
- Remove the egg with a spoon and serve with buttered fingers of toast, known as soldiers.
- Salt and pepper should be offered, and if your egg is hard boiled, a knob of butter to melt into the egg is a nice touch.
TIP Look for the Blue Tick The SPCA's Blue Tick scheme has been running for five years and now appears on six brands - 4 egg and 2 pork - which run multiple farms. Its standards of animal welfare are higher than those of the New Zealand Animal Welfare Code. Brands that carry the logo pay royalties to this non-profit scheme. There is no commercial interest and the scheme is self-sustaining. Money donated to the SPCA is not used to support the Blue Tick accreditation programme.