Full English Breakfast
Did anyone ever really have a Full English Breakfast every day? It seems that somewhere between the mid nineteenth century and the early twentieth century a section of the population did – those with time, money… and servants. It was mainly the preserve of the upper classes in those days, to set them up for their daily round of activities perhaps including riding and hunting.
I suspect that the full breakfast was adopted by ordinary folk when time and money allowed, perhaps in imitation of the upper classes. Was it the long suffering housewife who then took over the cooking and the washing up? What ever the truth I think there can be few people who have bacon, eggs, sausage and fried bread every morning in these hurried, not to mention health conscious times! Who could have sufficient hours in the day, not only to cook and eat it – but to clear up the mess afterwards! One can understand why it might have originally been the preserve of those who had servants!
Whether or not people have had a ‘Full English’ breakfast on a daily basis, there is no doubt it is a real treat once in a while. This all in one recipe make is it easy to cook, with less washing up!
Egg And Bacon – A Holiday Treat
I have to admit that the only time that I partake of a full breakfast is when staying in a hotel or bed and breakfast. I only rarely had a cooked breakfast at home either as a child or an adult. Although I seem to recall I may have had the odd one as a hangover cure in the long ago days as a student!
However, when on holiday, it is a veritable treat to order the sort of breakfast that you would never sit down to at home. It can of course be a little tricky to decide between fried or scrambled egg, and one sausage or two. It is easy to convince yourself that having a big breakfast might be some kind of economy, as eating plenty now could save getting anything for lunch. However in your heart you know that because you are on holiday you are bound to see something tempting to eat, before you get as far as your evening meal!
An All In One Full English Breakfast
There are times, however when a full breakfast seems desirable at home. If you have had a late night and insufficient sleep, in spite of having a lie in, you tend to feel that you need more than just toast to kick start your day. Or it may be that you are having one of those glorious Sundays with a late get up and a whole day unscheduled. The promise of the leisure of the day might entice you towards the eggs and bacon.
It is best at this stage to try to recall the amount of greasy washing up a full breakfast can cause – turning your potentially lazy afternoon into one with hot water, lots of washing up liquid and greasy pans to deal with, not to mention cleaning the splashes around the cooker. That is, assuming you haven’t got servants!
Well it is just for those occasions, that this recipe was invented – an all day breakfast in one pan. It is sort of like an all day breakfast omelette! Just using one pan and putting everything in together makes a cooked breakfast much easier than all the ingredients cooked separately, but is just as delicious.
You will need a big and deep frying pan. You can of course adjust the quantities according to how many people are eating, and adjust the ingredients to your own personal taste. You might even decide to include black pudding as an extra, or instead of something else.
Breakfast With All Bells and Whistles!
You will need tomato or brown sauce available, or maybe mustard, depending on your preference, and plenty of black pepper, preferably in a pepper grinder. A pot of tea good strong tea is essential, well brewed! Slices of toast makes an excellent accompaniment to this hearty breakfast meal and helps you to forget that there is no fried bread in this breakfast – it wouldn’t quite fit in the pan with the rest!
Vegetarian Full English
You can of course make a vegetarian version of this breakfast using vegetarian sausages and leaving out the bacon. Of course you can buy vegetarian bacon made of quorn and presumably tasting like bacon. This is a product I have never tried, but it seems that bacon does tend to be the one meat that vegetarians struggle to do without. Whether vegetarian bacon is any real substitute, I really couldn’t say. If there are any vegetarians out there who would like to comment on this, please feel free.
So next time you fancy a cooked breakfast, but without all the effort and the greasy washing up, try this one. You will still have one large pan to clean, and you may still get a few splashes, but it should prove to be less effort than perhaps you have been used to in the past.
Full English Breakfast – All In One
- 4 pork chipolata sausages
- 4 rashers back bacon, smoked or unsmoked
- 150g / 5oz button mushrooms
- 6 medium, free range eggs
- 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
- Handful grated cheese (optional)
- Cook the chipolata sausages for 5 minutes in a large frying pan, using a little oil if necessary
- Add the bacon and cook for a further 5 minutes
- Add the mushrooms and cook for a further few minutes
- Add the tomatoes
- Pour the eggs over the pan, swirling gently to ensure the eggs cook evenly
- Continue cooking until the eggs are solid but still soft
- Serve ensuring each person gets a bacon rasher, sausage and mushrooms
Everything is ready at the same time and you just have one pan to wash!
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