Just catching up on the photos from the time I was sick recently. I was definitely too sick to go into work, but not too sick to take photos of my meals. :) Here’s the first – a comforting meal at the best of times, very good for when I’m unwell – boiled eggs with soldiers. The last time I posted a photo of boiled eggs with soldiers a number of people asked me why “soldiers”? I’m not sure, to be honest. Could it be from the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty? “All the King’s horses and all the King’s men (soldiers, perhaps?)… couldn’t put Humpty together again (Humpty being the boiled egg?)” Hmm. Any ideas, anyone? Look at the egg in the photo – it’s kind of Humpty Dumpty-ish, isn’t it?
If you google “boiled eggs with soldiers” you’ll find many recipes and variations to this simple dish. I like it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I wouldn’t eat boiled eggs and soldiers for dinner if I was feeling very hungry; I don’t think it would fill me up. But it’s a great savoury hot meal that can be prepared simply and quickly, great for an evening when I’ve come home from work late, am very tired and need something to eat, but not a big meal because it’s too close to bedtime. I cut the top off the egg to expose the soft egg inside and crack fresh black pepper over it before eating. I love dipping the buttered toast soldiers into that soft gooey hot egg. I keep cracking pepper over the egg as I eat. Beautiful.