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A Full English Breakfast - Bacon and Eggs A British Tradition
It's A British Thing!
There is nothing better than getting up in the morning and smelling that gorgeous aroma of bacon. it steals up the stairs and meanders around the room before, whoosh! straight up your nose! So what is it about a good old English breakfast that is better than anything else in the world? Well for a start it has to be cooked in a certain way. The bacon has to be crisp, but not too well done. The eggs have to have a certain consistency. I prefer 'sunny side up' as my mum and her mum before her have always called it. And of course we have to have fried bread! Yum! I can all but taste it now. In fact when I have time today I will be eating a very large Full English Breakfast for my evening meal! You see, it doesn't have to be in the morning. In fact I am not very good at eating first thing, apart from when I go on vacation or or a short break, then I get up early, go for a long walk and then worn out and gasping for a drink, I go back to the hotel for a nice cuppa, and a Full English.
Making me Hungry!
So, what is this magical breakfast that can cause so much controversy? By controversy I mean that there is always someone moaning about it being too fatty, or too greasy! Not good for the health, etc, and so on and so forth! It's usually the people who are as fat as a tub of lard themselves that moan at others for eating it. Jealousy! That's what it is. Hee Hee
Edward Bernays was the first person to bring to our language the term, Full English Breakfast. Evidently he was an owner of a shop that sold bacon, so he came up with the idea of promoting it with a slogan and the above term came into being, along with 'Bacon and Eggs'.
Below I will be giving you the full list of this lovely fattening, or not, all depending on how you cook it!, meal that we in Britain seem to be addicted to!
There are quite a few ingredients in a Full English Breakfast. This doesn't just contain the cooked food, but also added side dishes such as cereals and toast.
So if you were to sit down to eat, what should you expect?
Full English Breakfast Ingredients.
First of all we have Cereals. There are lots to choose from, starting with Wheatabix to Sugarpuffs. I prefer Sugarpuffs myself! I like the honey monster. If you haven't seen the advert, then you don't know what your missing!
So, after we sit down, we have a choice of Cereal to start, or if you prefer, Toast. Add butter or strawberry jam, raspberry jam, or English Marmalade. I prefer the Orange Marmalade but if you prefer something different, then why not try Lemon Marmalade?
Then comes the best of all.
The Fry Up!
This consists of bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggs, sausages, baked beans and fried bread. Some people prefer toast with it, but I always love to eat the fried bread.
Now, if you like your food lovely and greasy, you can fry most of the above. But I must admit to grilling the bacon, sausages, and tomatoes.
How to Make The Full English Breakfast or Fry Up.
Get yourself a nice big frying pan, that way you can do most of the cooking at the same time.
Place the fat or oil in the pan, leave it for a few seconds to get hot, then add the bacon and sausages.
Make sure that you keep turning the meat until it is cooked to your satisfaction. Some people prefer their bacon to be quite soft, I much prefer it to be nearly burned! But that's my opinion.
If you don't like fried tomatoes, then this is the time to put them in the grill. You can add a tiny bit of butter to the tomatoes or if you want to get a lovely taste out of them, add some Basil. This herb is made for tomatoes, it brings out their flavour, making the taste so much stronger. Just sprinkle the dried herbs over the tomatoes and then grill.
To cook the eggs, either do them separately or in the pan with the bacon. I prefer to cook them separately as that way they won't retain so much of the oil from the bacon and sausages.
With the eggs, you can either fry them or scramble them. The traditional way is sunny side up, which is when the yolk stays lovely and yellow.
The mushrooms I always buy in a tin. It is much more convenient, but of course you can cook fresh mushrooms as well.
Fried bread is a bit more difficult to master! The amount of times I have burned it, I can count on both hands! When the bacon and sausages are cooked, place them on a warm dish and pour nearly all of the oil away, leaving just a small amount in the pan. Then add a couple of slices of bread. When you place the bread in the pan, make sure that you leave it to cook before turning it over. This way it will stop it getting to soggy. When it is done, it will look like toast but with more of a dark sheen on it.
Add the baked beans. Either pour them in a saucepan and heat or use the frying pan to add a bit more flavour.
Black Pudding. In some parts of England people add such ingredients as Black Pudding. This consists of a type of sausage made from blood! This is usually pig or cattle blood. It is filtered until it is thick enough to congeal. Not for me thanks.
Bubble and Squeak. This is an old English recipe which comes from the second World War when there was not a lot of food to go around, and as my mother always used to say, 'don't you leave anything on your plate, there are starving children in the world'! Bubble and Squeak is made from the leftover vegetables like Potato and Cabbage. but you can also use Carrots, Peas And Brussel Sprouts. All you need to do is mix them all together and then fry them up until they are brown and yummy!
Obviously there are so many other ingridients such as kidneys, potato waffles, and hash browns. I personally prefer the good old English chip.
A Nice Cup Of Tea.
And of course we couldn't finish this without mentioning the good old English Cuppa Char! There are two ideas about the word Char. Some sources say Char comes from the Indian word for tea, but there is another idea that it probably comes from the Chinese word Tcha. Anyway, that's what we call it! A nice cuppa Char!
Boil the kettle, get out your teapot, or if you haven't got a teapot, just use your cup, and add one teabag to your cup, or if you do use the teapot, add one teabag per person, and one for the pot, as the old saying goes! Then just pour in the boiling water, wait for it to brew, and there you go! Add milk and sugar to taste. Some people prefer lemon, but hey I don't get this at all! But then I am common!
Other drinks are obviously Coffee, and plain iced water.
And of course you can drink Orange Juice, which is something that I especially like.
So there you have it. Now get stuck in!