How do you like your eggs in the morning?
A boiled egg with toasted soldiers for dipping may seem a traditional breakfast option, but it's also one that is seemingly going out of fashion. Instead, we're preferring to dip crispy bacon, asparagus, croque-monsieur, chips, pigs in blankets or even fish fingers in our eggs.
We have also started to incorporate a new range of methods, from peeling the shell and smashing it on toast, right through to creating a 'yolk spread' (spreading the yolk on toast). Some are even using yolk as pouring sauce.
Interestingly, how we eat our soft boiled eggs can provide some revealing clues about our personalities. Human behaviour expert Dr Jane Cox has analysed our egg eating habits and was able to attribute different traits to people based on this:
- 41% of Brits eat their soft boiled egg in an egg cup; dipping 'soldiers' of any kind (toast, asparagus, bacon etc). Dr Cox said: "This way of egg-eating shows stability and convention. Most people learn to eat boiled eggs this way and some never feel need to change tradition."
- A fifth of Brits eat their eggs in an egg cup, scooping out the egg with a teaspoon. Dr Cox said: "This is no nonsense approach to eggs that’s bound to be reflected in other parts of their lives. No accompaniments, no stopping to savour, just doing what needs to be done."
- Nearly a quarter of Brits eat their soft boiled egg from the wide, bottom side, as opposed to the traditional, pointy and narrow end. Dr Cox said: "Those who turn their egg on its head probably approach lots of things in their lives differently. They’re likely to reject what doesn’t work for them and seek more of what they enjoy."
- One fifth of people prefer to shell their soft boiled egg and eat it on toast. Dr Cox said: "A degree of practicality features within those who shell their eggs. They also have a lovely sense of humour."
Dr Cox commented: "The way that we eat is an expression of our individualism and can reveal a lot about our personalities. Your reliability, adventurousness, sensitivity or hunger for life may be seen in the way that you scoop, tip, or dip your way through the yolk. Perhaps you’re a dipper, easy going and stable or a scooper, someone who doesn’t like to waste a moment of time. A tipper reveals you have a dreamy gentle personality, and a smasher, unsurprisingly just gets stuck into life and enjoys every day."