The ideal breakfast, a soft boiled egg is one of those things that everyone thinks they know how to cook, until they try it. And then they are not sure of the timings to get the perfect soft boiled egg.
The main thing to keep in mind, is to not try to boil a cold egg! Leave it at room temperature for a hour or two first.
Soft boiled eggs can also be used at other meals, as a topping on things like salads, fish and vegetables.
Why not try them on toast instead of the fried variety?
We recently stayed in a cottage on a farm in Devon, where we could buy fresh duck eggs to cook for our breakfast.
As they are generally a little larger than hen's eggs I (wrongly) assumed they would take longer to cook. I therefore gave them 6 minutes, only to find they were pretty solid!
The next morning I asked the farmer and he said 4 minutes would give the perfect boiled duck egg. Armed with this knowledge I tried again the next morning and SUCCESS!