I don’t understand people who don’t eat breakfast. That concept is so foreign to me; if I don’t eat in the morning, I can’t really function for the rest of the day. That’s one of the reasons why I love full English breakfasts.
The first time I visited the U.K., in 2012, I was delighted to come across the magical dish that is the full breakfast.
A traditional full English breakfast consists of: bacon (usually back bacon), fried/poached/scrambled eggs, fried/grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, toast, sausages, and baked beans.
If reading that list doesn’t make you feel hungry, I don’t know what will.
Plus there are so many variations, whether you’re in England or anywhere else in the world. Sometimes they add hash browns, or you could always go fishy with the addition of kippers.
In Scotland, for example, they like to add haggis or black pudding (if you don’t think about what goes into making haggis and/or black pudding, they can be quite enjoyable). They also have cute square shaped sausages (called Lorne sausages), and this weirdly tasty potato (“tattie”) scones.
Apparently, in Ireland, you can get soda bread. We Canadians like our peameal bacon, and our American pals do the whole “go big or go home” thing and add a steak (which seems excessive to me, but who am I to judge?).
And don’t forget the most essential part: a piping hot mug of tea. Which can, of course, be replaced by coffee, but there’s something about the smell of a robust black tea that really brings the whole breakfast experience together.
Eventually, I came to realize that it’s basically the same thing as what my family normally has for breakfast on special occasions (i.e. Christmas and Easter), but that doesn’t stop it from being delicious.
Not only is it a great start to your day – apart from vegetarians/vegans, who doesn’t love the smell of frying bacon first thing in the morning? - but it will also keep you going until lunch.
Of course, it's hard to commit to a full breakfast like this at 6:30am on a weekday, but that won't stop me from trying! What are your thoughts on breakfast?