The humble egg takes centre stage in a new book by Lucy O’Reilly entitled Posh Eggs, featuring 70 recipes that make a meal out of this easy ingredient.

There is nothing more pleasing than the tap-tap and the crack that heralds the morning boiled egg, but they can perform so much other culinary magic. Their neutral rich flavour provides and ideal background for a huge array of ingredients, both savoury and sweet. Combine with mustard, salty bacon, fresh herbs, mature cheddar, anchovies, spiced cayenne, smoked fish, celery salt, bitter salad leaves and warm lentils. And that is just scraping the surface.

From hearty dishes like Turkish Menemen with capsicum, yoghurt and flat bread to healthy salads like Green Shaksuka with garlicky greens, sharp, tangy feta and olives, you’ll never be stuck for a quick and original idea for mealtimes.

Whether it’s a classic Mini Potato and Chorizo Tortilla with an oozing middle, a Mexican Rostada with sriracha hot sauce, or and Egg Drop Soup that transform the egg into shaggy noodly strands, there’s nothing that can’t be improved by the addition of an egg. If you’re just in the mood for a quick bite, the Pink Pickled Eggs or Black Pudding Scotch Eggs are perfect additions to the humble snack. And if desserts are more your thing, Panettone Pain Perdu with Berries or the Mango, Lime and Cardomom Eton Mess is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. There’s even a section on drinks with the Pisco Sour or the Negroni Flip.