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{breakfast : soft boiled eggs & toast soldiers}

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* photography   at {this is glamorous}

One very sunny morning in London not long ago, P and I stopped by a favourite terrace café in Belgravia for coffee and brunch.  A latte for him, and a soy flat white for me, and we both ordered the soft boiled eggs with toast soldiers, a favourite breakfast dish that may possibly overtake a longstanding love affair with eggs benedict . . .

photography-by-roseline

Once home again, and on one leisurely Sunday at summer’s end, thought we might try to recreate this now favourite and delectable dish.  But soft boiled eggs can be quite tricky — often too runny or overcooked — and after a few failed attempts, finally happened the perfect recipe . . .

{table for two | breakfast inspiration : soft boiled eggs & toast soldiers}

We picked up a freshly baked sourdough loaf made with Innis & Gunn beer from a favourite boulangerie/pastisserie up the street.  This beer loaf, as it is fondly referred to, is baked fresh every Saturday and takes an astounding 18 hours to make!  That being said, of course, any bread will do.  A light rye is especially nice.

{table for two | breakfast inspiration : soft boiled eggs & toast soldiers}

{table for two | breakfast inspiration : soft boiled eggs & toast soldiers}

Next, we used organic free range eggs [in the most charming packaging] — but of course, any eggs would be perfect.

{table for two | breakfast inspiration : soft boiled eggs & toast soldiers}

Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

—Lewis Carroll

As mentioned before, making a soft boiled egg can be tricky, and there are many different ways to do it, and after many attempts, seemed to have the most success with Martha Stewart‘s 4-minute method, above.  [Press play to watch the video]

{table for two | breakfast inspiration : soft boiled eggs & toast soldiers}

Also, another tip is to be certain the eggs are at room temperature before boiling, to be as accurate as possible with timing.  May prefer mine an extra 30 seconds or more longer for firmer egg whites,  but for P. four minutes was perfect.  {p.s.} [This recipe might be helpful as well.] x

{table for two | breakfast inspiration : soft boiled eggs & toast soldiers}

And that is basically it — quick and easy and utterly delicious.  All that’s left is a bouquet of roses, beautiful china, good company, and time to savour every last bite . . .

{table for two | breakfast inspiration : soft boiled eggs & toast soldiers}

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[all images, photography by p.f.m. & roséline for {this is glamorous}]

 
3 Notes
  • The photos here are so glamorous! You’ve really elevated the simple soft-boiled egg to a work of art.

  • Anonymous said...

    Yes, I adore the robin’s egg blue plates. What are they?

  • Oh so lovely! it all looks very good, beautiful china. Especially the cup/saucer and If I may ask you, where are they from.

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