Posted by TheFallen on June 04, 2003
In Reply to: Soldiers posted by Caz on June 04, 2003
: Can anyone tell me why we call slices of bread 'soldiers' when we dip them in boiled eggs?
I have no back-up for this, but my opinion is this. The egg's irrelevant largely, because you can equally have Marmite soldiers (it's a very popular UK savoury spread for those who don't know). To turn bread or toast into soldiers, all you need to do butter a slice of bread, then further cut it lengthways 5 or 6 times. The resultant row of strips could be said to look like soldiers standing in rank on parade, all in line.
Personally I prefer toast soldiers for dipping into a runny egg - those bread ones are too spineless and droopy :)