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English Breakfast

Updated on October 14, 2016
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Elsie has been cooking for sixty years and has many recipes. I'm sharing some with you, some are my mothers recipes, hope you enjoy baking.

Breakfast or brunch (brunch is a meal eaten in the middle of the morning, in between the normal time of breakfast and the normal time for lunch, as a substitute for both of these meals),for a weekend starter for the day. After eating a meal like this you will be ready to take on what ever the day brings you.

How to cook Bubble and Squeak

You can cook the bacon first, remove and keep warm, pour off any excess dripping and cook the Bubble and Squeak in the dish.

No need for butter or onions then, because there is a nice flavour of bacon, but be careful,

What is Bubble and Squeak?

  • It is the name given to leftover vegetables from a meal the day before..

In a large frying pan melt about 4 tbsp butter ( depends a lot on how much leftovers you have) use according to requirement.

Finely chopped a small onion and add to the butter (not too hot, cook about 3 minutes or until soft.

Turn the heat up slightly and add the mashed potato and finely chopped vegetables,which could include - cabbage, swede, carrots, peas, brussels sprouts, (last nights left-overs).

Fry for 10 mins turning over in the melted butter two or three times ensuring the potato and vegetables are thoroughly reheated plus you are aiming to brown the outside edges but not to burn the bubble and squeak.

Cooking Mushrooms and Eggs.

Cooking Mushrooms:

Butter may not be the healthiest cooking ingredient, but it gives mushrooms a flavor you cannot get be using other cooking oils and margarine.

Mushrooms must be dry, the butter very hot.

No need to peel mushrooms, mushrooms can be sliced thick or thin, cut in quarters, coarsely or finely chopped using a sharp knife.

Eight ounces of mushrooms, melt one tablespoon butter in a large skillet.

Add mushrooms. Cook and stir until golden and the released juices have evaporated, about five minutes.

Seasonings: Mushrooms are very similar to meats and other vegetables.

Virtually any and all seasonings go well with mushrooms.

Cooking eggs:

There are several ways you can cook the egg, on top of the stove in a pan after cooking the mushrooms, or in the microwave.

Frying an egg in the Microwave:

Break 1 egg into a microwave-safe bowl, (or I use a small Tupperware bowl).

Gently poke the yolk of the egg with a knife so it does not explode.

Cover the bowl with a saran wrap or a plate, ( I find the saran wrap perfect for if the egg does explode it does not make a mess, a plate are inclined to get blown off if it does explode).

Microwave for one minute, remove from microwave and flip. Microwave for another 20 seconds.

Season Ready to serve.

Tips for cooking eggs in a Microwave

  • Be careful not to overcook, far better to undercooked, as eggs go on cooking when sitting before serving, they tend to get a bit rubbery and take on a green tinge around the edges if overcooked in the microwave.
  • If it does happen, you can add some grated cheese on the top and no one would be any the wiser.
  • If you use a cup to cook the egg in the microwave remember to spray it as the egg will stick to the sides.

Now to heat up the Baked Beans in the Microwave

Of course, we can't forget the Baked Beans just open a tin or maybe you have your own preserved tomatoes which are nice, just warm up in the microwave in a Tupperware dish until hot, stirring occasionally about 2 mins.

Happy cooking!

Brunch meal for any occasion, hope these tips help you to succeed in your endeavors.

How To Cook A Traditional Full English Breakfast

Full English Breakfast Recipe - SORTED Eats Britain

Homemade Sausages With Vegetables

These days most families do not have the time to cook meals like this for breakfast, but when I was a child in the 1940s we had porridge followed by a cooked breakfast everyday.

I have to admit, even though we ate like this, I wasn't a over weight child.

Do you think your family would like this kind of meal for breakfast?

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English Breakfast

© 2012 Elsie Hagley

Do you cook your father (husband or partner) a special breakfast at the weekend??

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    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      @Paula Atwell, Yes I'm like you, no way could I eat a meal like that for breakfast, not even for dinner. My husband could though, I think most men could cope with it, they love eating.

    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      @Craftypicks, Love to have you're here for breakfast, not that I think I could eat a breakfast like that now. I could eat a meal like that when we were haymaking though.

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      Paula Atwell 

      5 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Not really for me. I am a light breakfast eater. :) Great read, though.

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      Lori Green 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Breakfast at your house!

    • adragast24 profile image


      6 years ago

      I used to like more "delicate" breakfasts (French breakfast) but I know enjoy very much English breakfast every now and then.

    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      @anonymous: That sounds nice, I like pies and especially quiches, that's a new idea croissants, I haven't tried that one.

      I appreciate your visit and comment, have a great day.

    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      @rob-hemphill: Thanks for visiting and commenting.

      I will have to try an irish breakfast, my husband likes black pudding, haven't had any for a while, now you have reminded me I will check it out today when I get my groceries.

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      6 years ago

      Our favorite is cheese pie, aka quiche without the veggies! Very nice with croissants.

    • rob-hemphill profile image

      Rob Hemphill 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      You want to try an Irish breakfast, all the above plus black and white pudding!

    • Rosanna Grace profile image

      Rosanna Grace 

      6 years ago

      Yum! I want brunch now! :)

    • sheilamarie78 profile image


      6 years ago from British Columbia

      Sounds yummy. I never knew what "bubble and squeak" meant before.

      We sometimes have special breakfasts or brunches, but as my hubby is a nurse, weekends are not always free.

    • stanger66 profile image


      6 years ago

      My mouth is now watering

    • TonfaGuy profile image


      6 years ago

      Ahhhh, a full English. You can't beat it.!

      great lens.


    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Looks very good to me.

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      Deadicated LM 

      7 years ago

      He's passed on but I use to cook for my father all the time. I love an English Breakfast (can go for one right now) and your Lens, thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      This is a healthy and hearty breakfast.

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      stevebrown75 lm 

      7 years ago

      I am a lazy person..i hate making breakfast on my own... :p

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      7 years ago

      Yes! I can't wait to try this dish out! Thanks.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 

      7 years ago

      Suddenly realized it's Father's Day this Sunday. Eeek! I had better get planning. Bacon, mushroom and eggs are always well received.

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      7 years ago

      Hope I am so lucky as to have a meal like this on Fathers Day.

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      Titia Geertman 

      7 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      No, we don't do anything special for Father's day or Mother's day. I don't like the commercialisation of those days, so I won't buy any presents or ask for any presents.

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      7 years ago

      No, but if I still had one of either alive, I certainly would!

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      Auntie-M LM 

      7 years ago

      Not unless I can talk him into going out for a nice brunch somewhere.

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      7 years ago

      Sounds pretty tasty to me!

    • DuaneJ profile image


      7 years ago

      Looks delicious and I'm sure it tastes heavenly!

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      Ellen Gregory 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      At last I know what bubble and squeak is. I always thought it was some icky animal part.

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      7 years ago

      I don't cook anything special on father's day. I think he'd enjoy a breakfast like your english breakfast. Looks like the breakfast we used to eat in Canada before we moved to Europe: bacon, baked beans with molasses or maple syrup, eggs and usually browned potatoes.


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