My dear Mom had these cute little egg cups (like the one pictured above) and we used to eat our soft boiled eggs directly from the shell with a teaspoon. It seemed so luxurious to me as a kid.
Here's my foolproof soft boiled eggs. I love the fact that there is no oil. Break one of these on top of a piece of toast with a tiny bit of salt makes a wonderful breakfast.
Place eggs in small saucepan just till covered. Turn on heat on medium flame. When eggs start 'dancing' turn down heat and cook for 2 minutes.
Pour off hot water and add cold water to pan to stop the egg from cooking any more.
Peel and eat! This is such a wonderful comfort food that reminds me of my childhood. The fact that they are cooked with no added fat is a bonus!