Egg soldiers - the top dog, the Colonel of the breakfast table chez nous. There's something so simple and comforting about a soft-boiled egg with hot buttered toast cut into fingers the way your Mum used to make, to mop up the rivers of yolk spilling onto the plate.
But beware of skirmishes. You may be ambushed for that last finger of toast if your other half has charged ahead and finished his before the mopping-up manoeuvre. In these circumstances I recommend a counter attack using a teaspoon over the knuckles, tapping continuously until he has withdrawn and unconditionally surrendered. Alternatively, launch a pre-emptive strike and nick his first!
For the perfect soft-boiled egg where the white is just set and the yolk is runny, place your eggs in a pan and cover with cold water by about ½ inch/1 cm. Place over a high heat and as soon as the water is boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 4 minutes. Serve with fingers of buttered toast, lined up in single file on the plate.