In Praise of English Breakfast
Here’s to the English breakfast, dears,
That’s brought, for lo these many years
Sustenance to both health and heart
To give the day a proper start,
The source of warmth and vital grace
Beginning the day with our needs in place:
A rasher of bacon, an egg or two,
Some toast, some tea, some tomatoes; who
Wouldn’t love some beans, some mushrooms? Nay,
Don’t start without English breakfast, pray!
My grandmother is British and told me how wonderful English breakfasts were before we went to England. The tomatoes really put me off, though. I never did understand the appeal!
I grew up with broiled tomato halves (herbed bread crumb topped), so grilled or broiled or stewed tomatoes weren’t particularly odd to me. But if you don’t like tomatoes in the first place or not prepared in those ways, I can certainly imagine they’d be off-putting! 😉
The more likely issue is that one of my favorite foods is raw tomatoes. Anything done to mess with that seems like a mistake!
That would definitely skew your feelings about cooking them! I tend to like tomatoes practically any way I can get ’em!
I will second that, any day!
Have a beautiful week ahead Kath.
🙂 Mandy xo
Here it is past midnight and just thinking about a good English Breakfast makes me think I should have one Right Now! 😉
Hurrah and brown sauce to go with it!
Bring it on! And yes, all the trimmings. 😀
Ooooooooooooooh. One of the best things on earth!
I was just in England and I definitely enjoyed those breakfasts!
Keeps one going through a long, arduous day of happy touring!!!
Give me a bacon butty and some tea and all is well within my realm 🙂
Ah, heaven! 😀
A double order, please, along with a copy of that terrific graphic,
I’m glad you liked my illustration. Don’t know what got me going in that particular direction, but it was a fun and quite different thing to do than my usual.
Perfect reflection on an English breakfast, Kathryn – nothing like it! My best memory is actually of a Scottish breakfast: once, back in the 1970’s … when I was going to school in England and traveling on break with a roommate, we were very low on cash and needed to make the most of the breakfast that came with our lodging for the night. One B & B proprietor offered us a second breakfast (for free) and we took it! Kept us going until we had some cheap fish & chips dripping through newspaper wrapping later! XO
Yes, in student days my sister and I sustained ourselves in very much the same way, and no regrets!! Between that and student fares for transport and tickets, we had a pretty miraculously cushy time of it for our small budget! 😉