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A Full English Breakfast - Bacon and Eggs A British Tradition

Updated on September 12, 2012

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.

Full English Breakfast Or Fry Up
Full English Breakfast Or Fry Up

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!


Getting Hungrier!

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.

Regional Additions.

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!


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      msorensson 6 years ago

      I like breakfasts when I do eat, lol..

      Wow.. this kind of meal you presented would be enough for a whole day!!!

      I did like the breakfasts like this when we were there in the UK, yummy. I like bacon and eggs in general. I do not buy bacon anymore...

      The only thing was that I got sick with strep throat midway during the time we were there.

      It was the one and only time I ever had strep throat so you can imagine..could not eat.

      We do this in the Philippines, Nell. Eat a large breakfast. We eat 5 times a day there..two teas, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, in addition to three full course meals.

      A friend in UK was asking me yesterday why the Asian women get big when they move to UK..I had no answer..maybe it is because they need the extra layer of fat to insulate them from the cold.

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      Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Now I know why I will never fit into the Anglo-Saxon way of life!

      Just the though of smelling bacon first thing in the morning gives me a migraine while the smell of coffee and cigarettes makes me happy. Just like most Latin fools I will stick with it and admire the smart, responsible and health conscious people from a respectable distance.

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      Gypsy48 6 years ago

      Nell what a delicious hub! While visiting London I enjoyed a few full English breakfasts. Loved them, didn't think about fat or calories, just devoured everything except the plate.

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      dkrainwater 6 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming

      Great hub, I am hungry now:)

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      "Quill" 6 years ago

      Morning Nell... as I read the house has the smell of bacon cooking on the stove right now... timely I should read this now... smiles... sunday noon is the time for a favorite meal in this house as we always have the same....

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Melinda, wow I can't believe the amount of meals you mentioned! I can only eat one meal a day and maybe a sandwich, I just don't eat that much, in answer to the question you mentioned about Asian people getting bigger over here, it is probably because they eat more western food, which is bad you know! ha ha thanks again nell

      Hi, Petra, thanks for reading it, I am like you apart from the cigarette, I can just drink tea or coffee in the morning, I prefer this meal in the evening, thanks again nell

      Hi, Gypsy, ha ha that's how it's meant to be eaten! I often see films where Americans eat pancakes for breakfast and I think that is strange, isn't it funny how we all do things differently where cooking is concerned? thanks again nell

      Hi, dk, who you like me to cook it for you? ha ha glad you liked it, cheers nell

      Hi, Quill, I can smell your cooking bacon! lol that is one of the best things on a Sunday, bacon and eggs! We do that too only about 1 o clock after going for a walk! thanks as always, nell

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      I must first tell you my 14 year old daughter loves quantum physics AND plans to make this her lifes work.

      Breakfast is such a great celebration on weekends. I love a great big English Breakfast, We do so every weekend at least one morning. The cast iron you highlight here is a must, I cook everything in cast iron, plus bake as well.

      The tea, well can't have a grand full English Breakfast without the tea. Love the tea pots. Now I'm hungry.

      Greeat post on breakfast and how to do it right! Peace :)

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Katiem2, that's really interesting that your daughter is interested in Quantum Physics, what a great job to get into, I am so jealous, I wish I had studied properly when I was young, but we get distracted. Thanks for reading this, and I eat bacon and eggs every sunday, the rest of the week seems to be a bit manic, so I don't have time, but I do love it! thanks so much nell

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Nell, Full English Breakfast is probably one meal I will never pass up. I'm positively cruel to myself when it comes to passing up American fast food and lovely desserts of all nations, but FEB is never a never. We get a pretty decent one at Fado's Irish Pub in Atlanta, and of course I must order my puddings from Tommy Maloney's on-line. I don't think I've ever had a bad English Breakfast in the UK, even in the most awful hotel! ...and it goes great with Quantum Physics too!! Your hub is Great stuff (as always a treat). My mouth is watering :)....

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Green Lotus, it is one of the best things we have over here! lol I remember you saying that you like visiting here, now I know what it is that brings you all the way over! lol I do love my Quantum Physics too! maybe if I combined the two I can 'think' a plate of bacon and eggs and it will appear in front of me! ha ha thanks again nell

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Alas, if I eat more than a grain of rice a day I gain weight.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Micky, surely with all that cycling you need at least three plates of this! hee hee thanks again

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ..Nell, I will be over first thing in the morning - whether it's your morning time zone or my morning time zone is another matter entirely - lol lol - but I love this hub - because it's so hubdelicious in many ways.

      ...and yes a nice cuppa tea never hurt anyone - I can have mine anytime anyplace - although coffee is what I drink upon starting my day and at work.

      I have been enjoying blood/black pudding and haggis as of late with a little bit of cranberry jelly on the side with toast and eggs - well you get the picture - after that meal I just want to go back to bed and make the world go away ....... lol - yes this is a wonderful mouth watering hub - it's midnight now and I can hardly wait for the morning to arrive - thanks to you - lol

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      FLYSCO 6 years ago from Kings Cross, London

      It's easy to be put off black pudding if you know what it's made from, but if you've eaten it from childhood and just like the taste, it's a great extra in the breakfast. It comes from an era of wasting nothing. In a way, that's an attitude that respects the beast you've slaughtered! Enjoyed the hub :)

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      sheila b. 6 years ago

      Like you, I like my breakfast in the evening. So now, after reading this hub of yours, that's what I'm going to do one night this week.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Nothing but a good English Breakfast. It really set you up.

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      SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

      The chinese tradition of taking tea (tsa) with every meal is one way to reduce the harmful effect of such heavy fat saturated meals. Hongkong was a british colony for 99 years. So have a hearty English breakfast with tea and not to worry about the health issues.

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      Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

      Oh my Bubble and squeak, I have that a few times a week :D

      mostly for lunch sometimes dinner. Try it with some crated cheese sometime. it is onolicious as we say here. I think we here in Hawaii have the English to thank for our breakfast habits of eating. Why do I say that? well, if you trade the beans for rice you got a good ole Hawaiian Breakfast. the English were here long before the Americans were. LOL I love fried bread better then toasted.

      Great hub my Dear, had me running for some food. haha BTW, onolicious is half Hawaiian-ono and half Englis-licious one of our pidgin words. ofcourse when used together it means extremely good! aloha Dear

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      Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      Keep it up Nell...Between us we will convert the World.... Yeah even unto Black Pudding !

      Trouble is the bowl of Cornflakes I had no longer feels adequate !

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      Don't think you can get 101 but I will try. Yea I tell you what I love is that bacon w/bacon gravy poured over red ripe tomatoes with toast or biscuits.(My husband passes on the tomatoes but I got started on those from our garden as a kid and yum yum!) Why no one ever fixes bacon gravy I have no idea. I allow it to our family twice a year,(although it probably is better for you than sausage gravy-or no worse) if you haven't tried it you should, you already have the bacon grease and you really only need a little, pour some off if there is a lot and brown the flour in it a little for tangy flavor before adding milk. Yummy hub! I want bacon!

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Well, you have made me hungry Nell! But I like my bacon sacrificed - very crispy! Mouth watering hub!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, epi, so I will expect you over in the morning then! lol I don't think I have ever tried black pudding, but I will give it a go, and definitely never tried haggis! see you on the morrow! ha ha thanks again nell

      Hi, FLYSCO, thanks for reading it, I will definitely be trying the black pudding, you never know, I might just get addicted to it! thanks so much nell

      Hi, sheila, have I made you hungry now? lol nice to see you, cheers nell

      Hi, Hello, it certainly does! but it also makes me not want to eat for the rest of the day! thanks again nell

      Hi, SilentReed, I never knew that, I will definitely be drinking more tea with it now! thanks nell

      Hi, Sa'ge, so you like bubble and sqeak? I never knew we had influenced your food! ha ha what about fish and chips? I love the pidgin English it's great, thanks as always nell

      Hi, Merlin, I know what you mean! If I do eat breakfast it has to be bacon and eggs, otherwise I go without and just have tea! cheers nell

      Hi, Polly, I must admit I have never tried that, I will certainly be giving it a go now! thanks for that, nice to see you, cheers nell

      Hi, CMHypno, I am the same! I virtually nuke it before eating it! lol my family think I am mad, but it has to be really crispy, thanks nell

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      Trinsick 6 years ago from Cali

      Amazing! My dad lived in England and tries to recreate this for us.

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I grew up in Britain but I live in Canada now. Your hub reminded me of the delicious breakfasts I had when I was a child. We often ate bacon and eggs with fried tomatoes and fried bread. I also loved black pudding, although when I was a child I didn’t know what it was made of! We ate a lot of bubble and squeak too. Thanks for the memories!

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I don't know who said it, but a famous Englishman said: that "Breakfast three times a day is the only way to eat well in England". Haha.. I dunno about that, but the English certainly have breakfast down to a science!!!

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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      Nell, I enjoyed reading about the English breakfast - I'd never heard of fried bread, but it sounds great :) I have heard of black pudding, however, and I can't understand why people eat that! Anyway, you've made me hungry, so I have to go find something to eat now...

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      Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi, Nell a full English and you can take on the world. Don't go on my rambles until I have had one. Then I find a cafe that does an all day English breakfast. It gets cold up here in the north!-need to keep the cold out. Thanks great hub

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      mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

      Nell, you made me hungry! Like you, I prefer breakfast later in the day. When I spent the summer in England, I finally learned to drink tea with milk and sugar.

      Have you ever eaten "egg in the hole"?

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      ehern33 6 years ago

      Nell, you are a bad girl doing this to me. Over here it is just an OLD Country Breakfast, but I like a bowl of grits, with plenty of butter to go with it. That lasts me at least until dinner. One other thing, I like three eggs with mine and pancakes. OH, I almost forgot the most important part of this late breakfast.


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      DoorMattnomore 6 years ago

      lemon marmalade? ooohhhhhh...will have to try it!! I make this kind of breakfast every weekend and had no idea it was a full English Breakfast. We often have it for dinner too. I like my eggs cooked in the bacon fat. I've recently discovered something new I love..(I think maybe a bit like bubble and squeak?), its red flannel hash. A boiled dinner all fried up together the next day. Cabbage, carrots, ham, potoates and beets. YUM

      Awesome hub and now I am starving!!

      Oh, and @mysterylady...egg in a hole is great. My kids love it. I like to use a heart shaped cookie cutter for the hole.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Looks yummy - even if it is afternoon, it's making me wish for breakfast!

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      ChrisLincoln 6 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California


      There are mornings that I dream of full english... Very evocative. Sadly, bacon in the US is not to my liking, and my wife doesn't understand the concept of frying a tomato. I learned to really love black pudding from living in Newcastle. Feeling seriously homesick right now!


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      Wahine 6 years ago from California

      I'm hungry now! But hold the blood pudding, please. :D

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Trinsick, thanks for stopping by, I hope you manage to make a really good breakfast, it's well worth it! lol thanks so much nell

      Hi, Alicia, I know what you mean about the black pudding! ha ha I had bacon and eggs today, and now I can't move! lol thanks

      Hi, carolina muscle, one a day is enough for me! whoo! I would be soooo fat! lol thanks

      Hi, Rose, you would love fried bread! you have to try it, I made quite a lot of it today, and have been exercising ever since! ha ha

      Hi, D.A.L. nice to see you, You will have to move down here! it is a bit warmer, well sometimes! we had a great summer, I can't remember when it last rained apart from this week, we have been so spoiled since about May! I cook a great breakfast, so stop on by and i will get one for you! ha ha thanks again nell

      Hi, MysterLady, no I have never heard of it! but we do have toad in the hole! ha ha no, it's not made from toads! it is sausage in sponge like batter, you put the sausage in the mix and put it in the oven! Yum! thanks so much nell

      Hi, ehern, nice to see you, can you answer me a question? What the hell are grits? ha ha I have heard of it but have no idea what it is?

      Hi, Door, red flannel hash? that sounds great I will have to try it, thanks for that, something else to inflict my experiments on my family! hee hee

      Hi, Audrey, I know what you mean, I could eat another one now! lol thanks again

      Hi, Chris, you will have to show her how to fry tomatoes, she doesn't know what she's missing! lol thanks for reading it, cheers nell

      Hi, Wahine, ha ha I know what you mean! I wouldn't like to try it knowing what it is! Yuck! ha ha thanks so much nell

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nell, you make me hungry again. Actually I never tried to eat bacon before. But I learn much about British culinary tradition. Thank you so much for showing me about this. Good work, Nell. ~prasetio

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, prasetio, nice to see you, I love bacon, but I do understand that you wouldn't eat it, but you can try the tomatoes and the eggs with beans! yumm! have a great day, cheers nell

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      ehern33 6 years ago

      Here is the dictionary version: A ground, usually white meal of dried and hulled corn kernels that is boiled and served as a breakfast food or side dish.

      2. Coarsely ground grain, especially corn.

      I boil it in milk and make it as creamy as possble. Sometimes add bits of real bacon and butter, other times bacon and cheese.

      Ok, now for my description of grits, YUMMY!!

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      mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

      I'll bet you would love "egg in the hole." Cut a square of about an inch out of a piece of bread. Put butter into a skillet as well as the piece of bread and the aquare. When they are toasted on one side, turn them over. Crack open an egg into the hole and cook.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, mysteryLady, Oh is that what it is? that sounds yummy! I will definitely try it, thanks so much nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, ehern, this sounds like our porridge! we have it with hot milk and loads of sugar, unless you are Scottish then they have it with hot water and salt! ick! ha ha thanks again nell

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      sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

      Yummy. This is a great Hub but I'm salivating like Pavlov's dog and need to run. After this, more people will understand how truly deficient, a "continental breakfast" really is.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, sligobay, ha ha I love that saying! it's a bit late to eat a Full English now, but maybe not? thanks so much nell

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Ohh.. I love bubble and squeak! I'm more of a vegetarian, so the meat stuff is unappealing to me...and bubble and squeak I pefer not earlier than lunch. I like sweets for breakfast..such as Danish pastries or toast and jam. ;-)

      Thanks for an interesting read!

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      eventsyoudesign 6 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Actually researchers found that a full English breakfast is good for you. They say it is better to eat all of your fatty foods in the morning and you will be more full and eat less through out the day. I am vegetarian so I am not so sure about eating bangers and blood pudding. Yuck! But, I do enjoy a big breakfast. Teresa

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      Jenny Calender 6 years ago

      Breakfast lover, this caught my eye - -and stomach :)

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      It is 9:30pm in SA, and because of you, Nell, I’m going to make myself an English breakfast NOW. Fortunately I didn’t have dinner, for I was not hungry when it was served :)))) Great, appetizing hub, deliciously voted UP and UP!

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      Sage Williams 6 years ago

      Nell, Is this for real? This is a feast fit for a king. I have a tremendous appetite but can't imagine eating all of this. Just the same it looks great. Nice job on this hub.


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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Dzy, I tend to have a sweet tooth too! lol I usually eat toast and jam in the morning, but the second I get to work I start getting the munchies! so i should eat more, thanks again nell

      Hi, events, I don't think I could even try the black pudding! yuck! ha ha but it does make sense about eating your fatty food in the morning, if I ate this in the morning I wouldn't want to eat all day! thanks nell

      Hi, Jenny, ha ha I knew I would get someone over here because they were hungry! hee hee thanks nell

      Hi, Martie, I always eat in the evening unless I manage a bit of toast in the morning, I just ate a bacon sandwich! can't stop now! ha ha cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Sage, you jumped in there and gave me a start! ha ha I am afraid we do tend to eat all this greasy food, but it's yummy! I can never understand eating it in the morning though, too much on an empty stomach! nice to see you, cheers nell

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      mioluna 6 years ago

      I see now that Full English breakfast means King's breakfast.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, mioluna, thanks for reading it, it definitely is a Kings breakfast! lol I couldn't eat it at that time of the day! thanks so much nell

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi Nell, congratulations once more for a brilliantly written hub. It says a lot about your creative talent that you managed to create such an interesting hub out of something simple like the English breakfast.

      Thank you so much for sharing this Nell: A brillianly written and unique hub.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Eiddwen, thanks so much, I was just in the mood for bacon and eggs! and the rest as we say was history! ha ha thanks again nell

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      davidseeger 6 years ago from Bethany, OK

      I can't believe it. Tea bags!! Are you sure your are truly English. Did your mother find you on the doorstep?

      Good hub. Thanks. I've been to England, however I missed out on the Full English Breakfast some how. Didn't have a cuppa either. Maybe it wasn't really England. I flew in by Ryan. Do you suppose those Irishers misrouted us?

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      As if I wasn't already feeling the pangs of hunger enough already, you go and do this to me. :) Although, for me, an omelette is probaby my favorite way to eat eggs—though I've been hard pressed to master the art of actually making one. My own omelettes look almost like scrambled eggs, but have the texture and taste of an omelette. :)

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      PDXBuys 6 years ago from Oregon

      I remember, back in 1988, when my young English girlfriend first cooked me breakfast with fried tomatoes. It was wonderful. I really miss her tomatoes.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, david, ha ha you spotted that about the tea bags! I am lazy I could use proper tea but I make such a mess! You should have had a good old English breakfast but maybe you are right, you probably took a wrong turn and ended up in Ireland! hee hee thanks so much nell

      Hi, Springboard, I learnt a lovely little tip for cooking an omelette. When you have put it in the pan and cooked the bottom, instead of turning it over, stick it under the grill! that's what the top chefs do, so it doesn't break! crafty eh? lol thanks again nell

      Hi, PDX, it isn't a breakfast without tomatoes especially fried ones, but I love the way you say you miss the tomatoes but not her! ha ha thanks nell

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      parkersarah8415 6 years ago from USA

      The photo with the eggs makes me feel hungry too. It looks pretty delicious.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, parkersarah, It made me hungry too! maybe that's why I am putting on some weight! I had better keep away from writing about food, lol thanks nell

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      sim0n30 6 years ago from Ireland

      Hey, i just stumbled across your post after seeing it was related to a post i just did on the irish equivalent -

      I really enjoyed your take on the english breakfast, it made me hungry and i have just eaten my lunch!

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      2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This is a mouth-watering description of bacon and eggs! Neither of us eats a breakfast like this - although Pat eats more that Tricia in the morning. But your Hub makes such a convincing case that maybe the next time we have a self-catering holiday we might treat ourselves and the Wonderful Husbands. ym.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Wonderful hub, Nell. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Your recipes sound wonderful and I will order up the Full English Breakfast now, please. I used to go to an English pub on Friday Harbor out in the San Juan Islands (Pacific Northwest) and get their Bubbles and Squeak. It was so good! It had sausage, bacon, potatoes, onions, cabbage, cheese and scrambled eggs. Mmmm. I also love Bangers and Mash (my own version). Do you have a recipe for original English Bangers and Mash?

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, simOn, that's funny isn't it? I think we all are just getting hungry doing this! lol thanks so much nell

      Hi, 2Patricias, I know, I could never eat this much in the morning! but maybe at night....! lol thanks nell

      Hi, Phyllis, wow you certainly have an appetite! lol I will look out for a Bangers and mash recipe and let you know, thanks so much nell

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      Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      It seem we eat not too different food, Nell. Frying "sunny side up" egg (my favorite), fry sausage and fry bread. Only without bacon. And I never know we can grill tomato. Ah, you make me hungry too!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Freya, you don't know what your missing! ha ha grilled tomatoes are lovely! thanks again nell

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      pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

      Hells bells fatten smatting, your breakfast sounds down right hardy and delicious. I start my day with a hardy breakfast and sometimes don't hunger the rest of the day. Great hub . . bookmarked, marked useful,awesome and beautiful. Thanks friend Rose

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, pmccray, ha ha I like the saying, hells bells fatten smatting! lol this breakfast is there for people who can actually eat in the morning! I can't eat anything until at least 12 o clock! then I could eat it! I love it! no wonder I am trying to lose a few pounds of my waist! ha ha thanks again nell

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      michael ely 6 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Nell, It,s not really my thing. I usually have a bowl of muesli to last the full day. Yeah! That'll be right! No, i have this every now and again and you can't beat it. Exactly the way you describe with the aroma coming to get you. Michael.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, michael, if you are anything like my son, he eats about three platefulls of this, ha ha thanks for dropping by, cheers nell

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      I loves me some breakfast. I can eat breakfast around the clock. Not blood pudding though. And I like to see some potatoes in the mix. I was in Scotland once and asked the waiter what something was on the menu. He said "It's awful." I thought that an odd thing to say. I said, "Excuse me?" He said "It's offal!"

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      Greenhousewife 6 years ago

      Every good day starts with a morning cup of tea! Matthew and I always have some Barry's Irish Breakfast tea ready to go! Throw in a scone with clotted creme and jam and it's the best day ever!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Greenhousewife, sorry it took so long to get back to you, that scone sounds wonderful! thanks so much nell

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      WeNdYpOoPoO 6 years ago from Hudson Valley NY

      Nell, I make breakfast for my family on the weekends Saturday and Sunday. Saturday isn't as big as Sundays meal. Saturday is like pancakes and some meat, but Sunday I get out of bed most times before everyone start mmm the coffee, love the smell of coffee brewing in the morning, then I start our breakfast. Most time we have eggs, fried potatoes, toast, sausage, ham, or bacon, fruit or yogurt, and some orange juice for my kids. I also have to throw on some french toast or pancakes for my oldest son he thinks eggs smell like a fart and will not eat them. Then I clean up the mess with my kids, yes my kids help me and I make a big Sunday dinner and let it cook all day and make a big salad and bread or rolls with it. MMM I love Sunday cooking just not Sunday laundry hehehe.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Wendy, Wow! that's a proper food day! ha ha I tend to skip breakfast but eat something about 10.30, but just a roll or something, then I can start eating at lunch then later! I have just ate my evening meal now, bit late but never mind! thanks again nell

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      KLeichester 6 years ago

      I think we all need a boost and a heavy breakfast kick! Thanks to this hub.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, KLeichester, ha ha I quite agree! thanks for reading it, cheers nell

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I spent some time in England and your hub reminded me of the traditional breakfast I had there.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi,celeB, thanks for reading, I hope you had a great time when you visited England, thanks nell

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      rafken 6 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      Regrettably The good old fashioned English Breakfast is becoming a thing of the past in this new "speed orientated" Generation, its up to us older ones to keep up and try and revitalize it. It can only be beaten by one meal. Check out my hub, Favorite Meal of the Day, you may agree.

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      myi4u 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I just had an english breakfast today! However, the bacon wasn't crisp at all. Over the years, the standard seems to have dropped and i don't think it's rocket science to cook some crispy bacons!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, rafken, thanks for reading, I'll be right over! lol

      Hi, my14u, I know just what you mean! have to do it myself! lol thanks

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Wanting to get the true English Experience, my first two mornings at a B&B in London...actually West Hampton...I tucked into the FEB (but no beans...???), on the silly notion that I'd need all that fuel for a day of sightseeing. Well, I'm not a breakfaster at home, so on the third morning I asked the bacon be withheld. Mainly because I wanted to leave room for whichever of London's cafes and tearooms I came across that one absolutely MUST try while playing tourist. Also there were those lovely pocket parks where one can enjoy a sandwich from Pret a Manger and a bottle of their lemonade. ;D

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Jama, I am not one for breakfast usually, funnily enough only on holiday! but I eat this in the evening instead! I prefer to eat out, and grab a sandwich too, even while on holiday I very rarely eat a meal, just nibble on snacks! lol

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      There is something better than a full English and that is...a full Irish breakfast! LOL

      I love my fry ups and have one at least twice a week. "It puts hairs on your chest." My grandfather used to say and I am one hairy guy!

      I am feeling peckish after that but it is 9pm so I will have to wait till morning if I can last!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Spirit, I eat this breakfast at night as well! lol maybe not after nine though, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Manuel Porras 6 years ago from Germany, Colombia, USA, Panama, Mexico, Spain

      someday I want to eat typical breakfast

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, scott, thanks for reading it, cheers nell

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      Susan Keeping 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Excellent. I love bacon and eggs. And black pudding. Thankfully, I liked it before I knew what it was made of. I grew up in Scotland so we had those big breakfasts.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Be right over... I will bring the fork and knife... Hugs .

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Uninvited, tried the black pudding before I knew what it was too! I am not sure if that was what put me of, or just the taste! lol! I love my bacon and eggs, grilled bacon and eggs fried in butter, not oil, too greasy! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Rolly, lol! I will get the food ready! thanks!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      That would be excellent on a Saturday morning before chores. MMM.. I love going to breakfast buffets and choose most of this. It is a lot of work to cook all of this for one person. Excellent!

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      Levertis Steele 5 years ago from Southern Clime

      My grandfather was a farmer who planted what I once thought was a million miles of crops, and he raised what seemed like hundreds of chickens of all varieties. It seemed that we had too much of everything that could grow which meant lots of hard work. Of course, I thought that we were very poor because we did not eat the lighter breakfasts like city people. We ate vegetables and fruits at any meal, but when I went away to college, I was the object of country jokes. I could not eat the way others did. Foods like cereal and toast for breakfast was like applying for starvation or suicide. I tried it and got very ill.

      Yes, I still enjoy a hearty breakfast, but I am more health conscious and selective. I live in Southern USA. We call your breakfast a country breakfast.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi tammy, that's a great idea, get someone else to cook it for you! lol! I tend to eat it on a Sunday as that's my cleaning day, sets me up for the washing etc! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks BJC, yes it is yummy! lol!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Levertis, the food you eat sounds so much healthier than us city people, or small town in my case, I must admit that I don't eat a lot of bacon and eggs, in fact I try and make omelettes and scrambled eggs more, this is just one of my pig out days! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Sounds wonderful, but I think I would like it better for dinner, too. :) Never heard of a "full English Breakfast" or a Bubble and Squeak" until I met molometer here on HP. :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi phdast, lol! that's us brits we love our bacon and eggs! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Okay, Nell. Make sure you're up in time tomorrow. I'll be there expecting everything on the menu. Shall we say, 7ish? By the way, I'm happy with the bacon either way, so don't go to any extra trouble. I just want to make it easy on you! lol

      Loved it! So now, I'm hungry. Thanks so much, dear! : )

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. I used to love these breakfasts on Sunday mornings from a coffee shop when I lived in N.Y.C. Here in Riga occasionally I make it myself. I fry up shredded rawpotatoes and they're really tasty when they get brown. Yes, I use blood sausage it may sound odd but it is really delicious. Hadn't tried beans so I will next time. Thanks for sharing this tasty hub. Passing it on.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Nell Rose, it is good you shared this, i love Bacon and especially with beans in the morning. If i have to go for a long journey where i think getting meals along the way will be a problem, i take an energetic breakfast and you guessed it right, Bacon must be there. Great article, voted up and useful.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi dwachira, I usually eat bacon and eggs when I am on vacation, for some reason the sea air makes me so hungry! lol! but I usually have this for sunday lunch before my big meal in the evening, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Gypsy, I like the idea of the potatoes I will have to try it, thanks so much, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi richard, 7ish is fine, as long as its at night! haha! mornings? Yuck! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Black Pudding...Gross! People really eat that? I don't want to know. Ha!

      I prefer a full breakfast for dinner. I appreciate it much more since that's when I'm hungriest. But, that black stuff. Never! Great hub!:)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Linda, yuck! lol! I hate black pudding, its so gross! thanks Linda, glad you liked it, nell

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      Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Nell. Your description of a full English breakfast sounds absolutely scrumptious! It would more than make up for Scottish haggis the night before.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Larry, haggis? yuck! haha! thanks as always, nell

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      Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

      I make bacon and eggs every weekend for my family, usually on Saturdays (don't want to eat it every day as it's not the healthiest thing in the world). However, it is a treat! I never knew it was an English thing! Thanks for enlightening me, Nell. Blessings and hope your Samhain was wonderful.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi kitty, not too bad, we didn't go out or anything, how sad is that? lol! hope you had a great evening, enjoy your bacon and eggs, I want some now!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Bacon is my favorite food! Though I've never been to England I have to Ireland and their breakfast is very similar..."black AND white" sausage though. I've been making fried baps (hard rolls) for years but just by buttering them and placing them in the pan to brown. Lovely treat.

      Thanks for a great hub Nell with lots of food for thought ;)

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Sandra Busby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      The British have a lot going for them, and their breakfasts are near the top of the list for my money. Voted up and shared.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      Love the way you describe all of this food and the way one should cook it...but there is no way I could possibly eat that much food in one sitting! Sounds yummy, though...and I could sure smell that bacon cooking! Beautifully done, Nell.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Nell...For real? Now, this is what I call a ROYAL breakfast. I think I understand why you go for a walk BEFORE having this meal at 1:00......Who the hell can move after it's eaten? That IS enough for the entire day and night.

      I LOVE love scones.....There is a coffee shop here that bakes little dainty scones with a sugar icing.......and they're fresh and wonderful!

      I will pass on the black pudding......nearly tossed my scones, just reading about it....

      I actually thought "Bubble and Squeak" was what happened to your digestive system after having the Full English Breakfast.......I like veggies...but like you, I'll go with the Chip!..........UP and Yum

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      cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

      Holy moley. There is even more there than the Full Irish. That looks delicious. I Irish is minus beans, tomatoe and the mushroom, plus white pudding..... I was never a fan of the black pudding, so I always left mine. I might try the English breakfast. It looks delicious :) and even more filling.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      the aroma of fried crispy bacon and eggs in the morning. those sunny side up eggs are way too yummy...

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      is way too tempting.....

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      Pamela Lipscomb 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Wow, I can feel my arteries closing, just looking at that pictures I thought the Americans had the worst diet. Guess we are not alone. Thanks for sharing.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      is too tempting is what I meant.. I can't type from my phone.

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nell it is better to try this on every sunday.Thanks to share your breakfast.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Bubble and Squeak...oh so good. My favorite parts of the full english breakfast are the bacon and the tomatoes. I'm hungry for a nighttime snack now!

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      David Hunt 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Now you've gone and made me hungry. I used to be able to get a full English breakfast at a local English tavern-- the only one in town-- called The Londoner. Sadly, the owner closed it down abruptly, leading to all kinds of speculation. I'm not usually a big fan of tomatoes but, without fried tomatoes, it's not a full English breakfast. Fried bread...oh yeah. I do a micro version of eggs fried in butter and fried bread. Delicious, not healthy and not a full English breakfast either. Thanks for delicious memories.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Wow, I'm hungry. Wish I didn't have to watch my weight so that I can enjoy a full breakfast with bacon and all! Thanks for the write. Sharing the breakfast now!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks guys, I am inundated with men doing my kitchen, so I am walking around the house trying to keep out of their way! but read and much appreciated, nell

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh Nell you knew I was on a diet that's why you published this ha ha!!!

      I'm not really on a diet!!!!

      Seriously it was a great hub and I vote up plus share.

      Enjoy your day.


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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Eddy, lol! get cooking! thanks as always, and have a great day, nell

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Nell, as you know I am on a diet so it was a kind of torture to read this and yet, I still enjoyed this brief drool over one of my favourite things....though I have Americanized mine now with a hash brown as well!

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      Hi Nell! I am loving this hub. I am also a fan of a good English breakfast with crispy bacon. I must admit though that I usually have toast with my EB but I am going to try the fried bread next time.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      I love English breakfast and even more, if I am not the one preparing it. Great Hub.

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Nell, this must have come straight over to Appalachia from England -- it's so close to what my grandmothers always made. Fried tomatoes, eggs, bread, etc. And you're right about the bacon. Especially on a cold morning -- the sound and scent of sizzling bacon takes me back to my childhood. Thank you for the trip down memory lane!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I grew up in the southern part of the US, and we always had a huge breakfast! My Mother made me eat a good breakfast before going to school, and my Daddy expected it every morning. I haven't thought of "black pudding" in years, but southerners eat the same thing, they call it "blood pudding". I could not bring myself to eat that, though.

      I voted this Hub UP etc.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks mary, no I can't eat black pudding either! lol! its a Northern thing, we don't eat it down here, thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi molly, you are making me hungry again too! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Lady E, yep me too! lol!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi skeety, yes fried bread is so scrummy! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Jools, yes I love hash browns too! lol! I am sitting here getting hungrier and hungrier! lol!

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