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How to make the perfect traditional Brit breakfast

Despite budget air travel, the internet, and a plethora of travel guides, so many little common place, everyday, traditional things are still unknown to people living only a few hundred miles away. So when I was asked "What are boiled eggs and Marmite Soldiers?" by a well travelled VT member, I thought a simple step by step guide (with pictures) might help explain this lovely British breakfast! :))

1. Take an egg - only "Free range"please because eggs from happy chickens taste nicer.
2. Place it in boiling water for three minutes
3. Put your toast (wholemeal is good but white is better) in the toaster

4. Pour yourself a cup of tea and wait.

5. When toast pops up, butter it and spread your Marmite THINLY!!! This is what puts most people of this delicious and healthy spread, they put it on like Nutella - DON'T! It is VERY strong, and the skill is in getting the amount just right.

6. Remove egg after three minutes and place in an egg cup and knock the top off with a spoon. It should be soft and runny and delicious!

7. At this stage some people put a little salt on the top of the yolk. This isn't really necessary as the Marmite on the toast is enough flavour.

The next stage

8. Cut your toast into "Soldiers" - a straight row of 3/4 inch (or about 1.5cm) strips. This is the perfect size to dip into your egg.

9. The next skill is in "dipping" - if you dip your "soldiers" too enthusiastically you will find most of the yolk spilling over the edge of the egg-cup and dripping down the sides - this is a waste of the golden eggy goo and should be avoided.

10. Eat and repeat step 9 until all "Soldiers" are eaten and there is no more yellow yolk left.

More Eggy Stuff

11. After your yolk is finished - eat the white - this can also be placed on top of any remaining "Soldiers" you may have .

12. Have another cup of tea to wash it all down.

NB: As a child my mother said that empty egg shells must be placed at the bottom of the garden for the fairies to make their houses. BUT we MUST make a little hole in the bottom of the shell so that the witches couldn't use them for boats.

It's no wonder I'm a bit strange really isn't it? :)

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