• 4 eggs
• Sea-salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to season
• 4 thick-cut slices brioche bread (optional)
• 2 thin slices pancetta, cut into strips (optional)
• 8 small asparagus spears, trimmed, peeled (optional)
Cook eggs following Perfect Boiled Eggs recipe, until cooked to soft yolk stage. Do not peel, then place in eggcups.
Lightly tap top third (from pointy end) of egg with a knife to crack through shell and cut off top. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with soldiers of your choice.