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Re: If anybody wants to find a way to an Englishman's heart...

The photo in the article shows a RAW tomato half cut from the stalk down. Which is clearly wrong as robyn.oz says.
Cutting across the other way gives a better looking garnish for your heart-attack on a plate. And it should be cooked!
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Old 13.04.2012, 12:18
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Re: If anybody wants to find a way to an Englishman's heart...

Agreed - tomatoes and beans are a no-no, and the tomatoes should be sliced in half the other way from the one in the photo and fried on both sides.

I found a way to cook the perfect breakfast mushrooms: fry them twice in butter, ie, give them a quick fry then take off the heat whilst the rest of the stuff cooks, and then re-fry them at the end, before adding sea salt and black pepper.

This place in Twickenham does a fantastic FEB. It looks a bit posh now but we have been going there since its greasy spoon days and they still serve a fab breakfast and, for the record, great freshly home-cooked Italian food in the evenings.
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Old 13.04.2012, 12:33
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Re: If anybody wants to find a way to an Englishman's heart...

I'm glad to see no mention of chips (fries) in the article. I have no idea why some places feel that is part of a full english - ruins the breakfast for me.
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Old 13.04.2012, 12:56
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Re: If anybody wants to find a way to an Englishman's heart...

I agree with the posters who decry baked beans as part of the FEB (at anytime BB are an abomination...), haggis is a novel extra and, having a liking for it, is something I'll try when I next make a FEB.

The ultimate FEB is multicourse, is really only feasible on a Sunday and goes a bit like this....
  • Porridge with golden syrup
  • Smoked Kipper with Toast
  • The big plate (soss, black pud, crispy streaky bacon, scrambled eggs, flat cap mushrooms, fried slice) and if your budget (and stomach) stretches: Country House extras (kedgeree, devilled kidneys, lamb cutlets Reform)
  • Toast and Marmalade
  • Huge pot of Builder's tea
After which retire to a comfy chair with a good book/favourite Sunday Newspaper and read/snooze until one is ambulatory again (which is usually when it's about time to go to the pub in the evening).


Not done often, but worth treating yourself to every so often

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Re: If anybody wants to find a way to an Englishman's heart...

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I use bacon from Puddledub in Fife UK (their farm used to be "next door"), and cannot recommend it enough.

Other Full breakfast "rules" for me:
- Eggs must be large, and fried on one side only, and have full runny yoke. Cooked after sausages and bacon.
- Bacon must be crispy at the edges
- Sausages can be pierced and cooked first; they provide the fat for the bacon, eggs and mushrooms. Pork sausages with 70% meat content or higher.
- mushrooms cooked last, and lightly; don't leave them too long
- beans should be minimal, without too much sauce because...
- Real tomato or brown sauce can be used if desired.
- Fried bread is optional
- Black pudding optional, but should be cooked lightly on both sides to preserve moistness
- Serving of onions is punishable by death
- Tomatoes optional, but fried face down in two halves.
Completely agree onions have no business anywhere a proper fry up!!
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Re: If anybody wants to find a way to an Englishman's heart...

...onions......

If they're leftovers from last night's roast refried, they're sweet and yummy, traditional ingredients or not....
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Re: If anybody wants to find a way to an Englishman's heart...

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But the most important thing is brown sauce!!
You don't get righter than this statement
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Re: If anybody wants to find a way to an Englishman's heart...

It's also quite sweet just how spectacularly wrong the odd trendy cafe's here get it when they give it a go.
I remember seeing FEB on the menu at Casablanca cafe in Zurich once & in a fit of homesick delusion, I ordered it.
My look of tragic disappointment must have been written all over my face as the waitress quizzically asked if the order was right & they're a nice bunch in there, so I didn't have the heart to tell her that the plate containing 3 wafer thin of bits of crispy 'swiss' bacon & the chopped up omelette that was supposedly 'scrambled eggs' on top of un-toasted bread was about as far from FEB right as it's possible to get
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Old 22.04.2012, 16:12
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Re: If anybody wants to find a way to an Englishman's heart...

Hash brown ,bacon and egg does it for me washed down with coffee,without getting out of bed
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What other way?
with a spoon
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Re: If anybody wants to find a way to an Englishman's heart...

One day, many years ago somewhere on the Great North Road (as it was then called) near Hatfield, I, for some reason, turned my fried egg over and discovered a nicely fried housefly embedded deeply in the egg. An English breakfast I'll never forget...
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Re: If anybody wants to find a way to an Englishman's heart...

Bubble and squeak, golden brown on the outside and fluffy on the inside is the foundation on which the rest of a FEB is built. Anyone who puts beans on my plate deserves to be hit around the face with a hot frying pan; tomato sauce is equally wrong and seeing as hardly anyone can cook a tomato properly I opt for a bloody mary instead.
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....please find the definitive guide to the Full English Breakfast as published in the Guardian this week.

Although personally I find the addition of the bean a mistake, the rest is pretty much bang on
Personally I love the bean - can't always eat it for breakfast but couldn't imagine doing away with it.

More importantly though - WHAT about the good old kipper? Nobody eat that any more?
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Re: If anybody wants to find a way to an Englishman's heart...

Nice ... although with two important points for me:

I don't eat the mushroom, no matter how fresh or well-cooked it is - I just don't like mushrooms.

Fried bread not an option (it's essential!), but it's good to have some unfried bread as well (to soak up all the juices at the end! Gotta help with the washing up!).

Oh, and I can handle onion with it, but agree it's not a 'real' part of an English Breakfast ... and can go without a black pudding ... but I definitely feel the baked beans should be there, thereby removing any possible need of condiments by their very presence.
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Old 29.04.2012, 21:43
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Nice ... although with two important points for me:

I don't eat the mushroom, no matter how fresh or well-cooked it is - I just don't like mushrooms.

Fried bread not an option (it's essential!), but it's good to have some unfried bread as well (to soak up all the juices at the end! Gotta help with the washing up!).

Oh, and I can handle onion with it, but agree it's not a 'real' part of an English Breakfast ... and can go without a black pudding ... but I definitely feel the baked beans should be there, thereby removing any possible need of condiments by their very presence.
Agreed - if the beans are there then they are salty enough. The fried bread is excellent for making a base of a butty (sandwich) on which you can stuff all that runny egg and fatty bacon
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Re: If anybody wants to find a way to an Englishman's heart...

Conversion to an Ulster Fry with Boxty makes it the perfect. way to start the day with a big cup of Barrys Tea


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxty

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Full_breakfast#Ulster_Fry

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Conversion to an Irish Breakfast with Boxty makes it the perfect. way to start the day with a big cup of Barrys Tea

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxty
Sounds interesting - never have heard of it, let alone try it out before. Don't know if I would like it with my brekky though - am not a fan of either pancakes or spuds with breakfast.
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Re: If anybody wants to find a way to an Englishman's heart...

Think toast but better and covered with salty butter.
It tastes a little more like bread than Spuds and not as sweet as pancakes .

Though not light it any way :8
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Re: If anybody wants to find a way to an Englishman's heart...

Yum, sounds quite tasty. Hope that I get the chance to try it out then
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