When I was pregnant first time around the first symptom I had was going off eggs – I'd been eating them for breakfast every morning, and none of that hard yolk nastiness, it was all orange, dippy, runny goodness. So going off them was probably a good thing at the time, you weren't supposed to eat runny eggs when pregnant (amongst other delicious things), due to the salmonella risk. Let's be honest, what's the point in a hard yolk anyway?

 However, it was much harder second time around because I liked eggs again, and I had started to really like brunch. And as we all know the only difference between lunch and brunch is the eggs. Not to mention the fact that I spent both my pregnancies not doing much and eating a fair amount of junk food under the "I'm pregnant!" excuse, so it was nice to have a couple of eggs and soldiers knowing that it was healthy comfort food (and shakshuka anyone? yum!). Good to enjoy the nutritional benefits without having to cook them through.

 I'm sure I read somewhere that not being able to remember things from your childhood is a sign of emotional trauma, so maybe it says something that egg and soldiers around my dad's kitchen table is one of the few things I do remember from being young. Obviously I really love egg and soldiers (with buttered toast and a bit of salt on it). Literally none of this matters though because dippy eggs are back on the menu for babies and pregnant women, as long as they are British Lion Quality – look for the little red lion on the box and shell, like so: 

It's not just dippy eggs either! Homemade mayo? Yes please! Meringue frosting? Over here, please! (I only ever use meringue frosting on cupcakes if I can get away with it, I think a buttercream is too heavy, so this is really good news!)

Here is photographic evidence of the first time I've ever managed to make them properly myself. Usually I overdo or underdo them but that babe Delia's got a good method that saw them perfectly dippy with properly set whites (none of that snotty white business). So hopefully, Edith will also have some fond memories attached to food, perhaps it'll even be dippy eggs now that I know how to make them perfectly! For now, she can just watch (or not) me eating them.

Here's some more info on the actual change in advice and why it is that they're now safe: https://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2017/16597/new-advice-on-eating-runny-eggs

Post written in collaboration with British Red Lion Eggs.