What is an egg cup for?

I often get US citizens asking what an egg cup is for.

In the UK, a soft-boiled egg is often used for breakfast, for a snack, or for a light meal if you're feeling unwell.

Everyone has their favourite way of boiling an egg; here is mine. Place the egg in a small sauce-pan and cover in cold water. Bring to the boil and continue boiling for one and a half minutes. This will produce an egg with a hard white and a soft yolk.

To eat the egg, place it pointed end down in the egg cup, take a small spoon and smash the rounded end of the egg. Peel the top of the shell away to reveal the white. Using the spoon, remove the top of the white, thus revealing the yolk. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Dunk your soldiers (a slice of buttered toast cut into narrow fingers) into the yolk and eat. Use the spoon to finish off the egg.

In Sussex the tradition is then to use the spoon to smash through the bottom of the egg shell to prevent witches using them to sail over running water.

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