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Egg with Toast Soldiers


Comment on Egg with Toast Soldiers

So grateful to you all for clearing up this bit of mystery. I'm addicted to English literature, especially detective stories which is rife with little toasted soldiers. I'd guessed at the meaning but was never quite sure...

Comment on Egg with Toast Soldiers posted 2008-02-26 by Toni Trees from Texas, USA


Comment on Egg with Toast Soldiers

Firstly I would like to state that egg and soliders are better with bread not toast! This is because the egg yolk seeps into the bread wonderfully.

Comment on Egg with Toast Soldiers posted 2007-11-16 by laura from Birmingham


Comment on Egg with Toast Soldiers

We called them "dippy eggs" and ate them with toast "fingers," thin slices of toast. Difficult to cut just right because if they were too thin, they would break off in the egg and of course, too thick they wouldn't fit into the egg. I happen to own an egg sissors for cutting off just the tops. This whole thing came to mind when I started to search for what are known as double egg cups, small end for standing up the egg for dipping and big end for emptying out the whole egg with bits of toast. Anyway, there is a literary reference to the soldiers but I cant find it. I believe it comes from feeding a small child, the toast strips would march to the egg and then into the child's mouth.

Comment on Egg with Toast Soldiers posted 2006-12-27 by Fergie Newbaker from California


Comment on Egg with Toast Soldiers

My Australian husband always laughed at me for referring to toast 'soldiers' until we were staying at a lovely country house hotel in the UK on a trip and the fellow at the next table in the breakfast room ordered boiled eggs whereupon the waitress immediately asked "Would you like soldiers?"

Comment on Egg with Toast Soldiers posted 2006-08-23 by Margaret from Australia


Comment on Egg with Toast Soldiers

It seems to me that it is a typically English comfort food.The use of the word 'soldiers' is a very Englsih expression.

Comment on Egg with Toast Soldiers posted 2006-01-27 by Val from South Africa


Comment on Egg with Toast Soldiers

Soldiers have been an integral part of my interaction with my grand-children. I do however take exception to using the metric system to specify the width. Also the 3 minute egg of my youth has given way to a 5'15" egg from the refrigerator

Comment on Egg with Toast Soldiers posted 2006-01-12 by Jim Watts from Vancouver, B.C., Canada