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Friday, 17 April 2009

Friday Shoot-Out: English Breakfast



Last week, Chef E told me about a weekly Friday 'gang' which is dedicated to sharing little details from your home town. I'm an amateur anthropologist, so I'm always fascinated by what people think is important about their own culture and region, so it sounds like my kind of project; I'm not necessarily going to post every week, but if I'm home on a Friday it's nice to have some inspiration to get out and about to tell you something about my own area.

This week's theme is local food & restaurants, and there could hardly be a better day than Friday for me to write about the food of my region, becaue every Friday (if we're at home) my husband and I take ourselves down into Stroud for a cooked breakfast.

A full English breakfast is one of the classic English meals.

Now, as a vegetarian, there's not that much inspiration to be had from traditional British food. Whether it's meat and two veg or fish'n'chips, an old-style British dinner is likely to have meat at its heart.

Traditionally, so does breakfast, and here's what my (omnivore) husband orders:

Traditional English breakfast

Egg on toast in the centre, then clockwise from the top: bacon, mushrooms, sausage, hash brown, and beans. (Apologies for photo quality, it was raining so I only took the camera on my mobile.)

Not very veggie.

Thankfully, we've found a great cafe which will make me a veggie version (even though it's not on the menu).

Veggie breakfast

Again, egg on toast in the middle, surrounded by tomato, mushrooms, beans, and a couple of hash browns. Very filling; I don't eat lunch when I've had one of these for breakfast!

What I really love about this place, though, is that breakfast, including tea or coffee, is only £3.

What's your favourite breakfast??


21 comments:

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Outstanding job Miz Rachel and thanks for joining our gang!! I showed Prince your English Breakfast and he drooled on my keyboard. He does miss his English breakfast of a "proper fry up" as he calls it :)
Welcom, welcome, welcome to Friday Shoot-Outs and I love your post lovely lady.
Adding the link? Fantastic idea!!!!

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Heather said...

Holy cow! That's a huge breakfast!! And I've never in my life seen beans on a breakfast plate! Thanks for the insight...very interesting!

Jenny Beans said...

I am a breakfast loving fool! I rarely get to go out to breakfast, but when I do, I order a ham, onion and mushroom omelet with cheese, shredded hash browns, biscuits and a side of bacon. Everything is better with bacon. :) When I eat that, I rarely eat for the rest of the day, maybe a small dinner in the early evening, but it is so filling (and so fattening!)

gigi said...

Welcome to your first Friday Shoot-Outs and I love your post but I am still in shock over those beans! Don't get me wrong, I love beans, but Not For Breakfast!!!

See ya in the sunshine, happy weekend!

HalfCrazy said...

I registered my name up there already! :) By the way, I'll come back tomorrow and read your whole blog, I gotta catch some sleep first! Promise i'll be back tomorrow to comment on this, haha!

Rachel Cotterill said...

I'm utterly fascinated. Those of you who love beans but not for breakfast, when do you eat them? Other than occasionally on a potato, breakfast is the only time I eat them!

J9 said...

Thank-you for the delish breakfast pics, I always wonder about other places and the veg options. I haven't traveled to the UK since becoming a vegetarian, but I have had some fabulous food there!

Si's blog said...

Your husband's looks great. At a certain age, however, that many calories just end up on one's apple shape. How about doing one delicious item each day for a week.

Put my name in your widget thingy when it was already there. Maybe you can fix it. Or folks can just come by twice.

forgottengenius said...

Now both those breakfasts have my mouth watering! I am of the belief that a breakfast should be a full meal and find it a pity that my little corner of the world yet has to realise such an important fact. ;)

My favourite breakfast is bit of a strange one: half an avocado with shrimps, two slices of ham, sour dough bread, and a small serving of nuts. I find that it works wonders for even the worst morning tempers, as well as helps one remain full until lunch a few hours thereafter.

Lastly, you must excuse this silly question, but I do love to learn and I therefore cannot help myself: what is a hash?

Kazzy said...

I have never understood how people can skip breakfast. It is my fave meal of the day, by far! A nice cooked breakfast once a week sounds like a nice tradition too~

Butler and Bagman said...

Very cool...glad to see you blog and the luscious eggs. I'll be interested to read your future blog posts.

GingerV said...

I love this breakfast even with the beans, I can eat beans anytime of day. but my egg would have to be basted not fried. I haven't eaten a breakfast like this since I started dating Camillo but I have broken him of the European breakfast habit on Sundays - we have two eggs sunny side up, pan fried potatoes, a fresh fruit, fresh bread, fresh orange juice and coffee. No sausage or bacon they are not good breakfast foods here in Brasil.

hensly said...

Man, I could eat that for breakfast! Yum! I also like the little counter your have to track the friday shootout participants.

Great job!

Gordon said...

Rachel, thanks for joining the group. You can link to my blog from my post. I was unsuccessful inserting my blog on your list. I have you on mine.
You have a tremendous blog. I'll enjoy it several times weekly.
Gordon

HalfCrazy said...

Since I'm sort of a regular in the Town Shootout project, I say you don't have to participate every week, it's not like you're gonna get kicked out or something, hahaha! Probably mentioned above but remember, no rules.

This really seems like a packed Breakfast, exactly how Breakfast should be! I'd go with hubby's choice since I'm a Meat person too!

Strawberry Girl said...

Think I'll go to england just to have me an English breakfast... Looks delicous (both versions). Yumm.....

Nic said...

This is great! I'll have to take part in next week's one. Thanks for letting me know about it :)

GigiSxm said...

it's interesting seeing the different breakfast foods, rice at breakfast in Hawaii and now beans in an English breakfast

Barry said...

Your photos make me nostalgic for a) when I could eat and b) for my last visit to Britain. :)

LisAway said...

Yikes! I am well aware of what a "fry up" (is that right?) is, as I live on BBC channels (Entertainment, Lifestyle and Knowledge) but it still frightens me. I know it's not all that different than an American breakfast, but it's definitely different enough. I really need to try one some time so I can stop thinking it's gross, or at least be sure that it's gross and not just keep assuming. . . :)

Missy said...

Sorry for this late comment and thanks for dropping by my site. Your mobile cam has nice shots, it's pretty clear. I haven't tried beans on my breakfast, looks yummy. Thanks for sharing your photos and keep joining with our Friday shoot out.

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