When it comes to supporting campaigns, Full English breakfast day has our undivided attention.
Thankfully, there’s no filling of forms, making donations, running half marathons dressed as a pantomime horse or any of those other demands made by other campaigns .
Full English Breakfast Day, which took place yesterday (2nd), requires only that you tuck into the dish that ranks alongside the Sunday roast and fish and chips as the nation’s greatest culinary gifts to the world.
Few things can inspire you to get out of bed in the morning more than the smell of sizzling bacon and the prospect of a traditional full English to start the day.
It’s a pre-requisite for any self-respecting hotel, guesthouse or café but what makes up the perfect plate?
Well, no real surprise that the results of a YouGov poll found that bacon, sausage, egg, beans and toast were the top five most popular items of a full English and proof that old habits die hard.
These were the most common ingredients available post-industrial revolution when the nation needed a hearty breakfast before heading off to work in the factories and offices, the mines, steelworks and shipyards of Britain.
A plethora of greasy spoon cafes sprang up offering the dish as well as some bonus items.
It’s at this point in composing the perfect full English that major differences of opinion emerge. Hash browns came sixth in the yougov survey with a respectable 60% of people including them in their menu of choice. But should chips really be served as part of a full English – or indeed with anything before midday? Mercifully, only one in ten thought they should.
Mushrooms were seventh on the list, almost half those surveyed gave them the thumbs up, with tomatoes close behind and then a drop to black pudding which featured on a third of peoples’ plates.
Throw in a generous supply of tea and that’s the full English top ten, a mouthwatering thought – but could you stomach a bellybusting 15 of each item?
That’s the challenge from a café in Doncaster where the UK’s biggest breakfast, weighing in at 20lbs is available to those with an appetite for destruction.
More likely to finish you off for the day than set you up, the Terminator Armageddon will cost you £50, though it’s free to anyone who can polish it off in under an hour.
One-pan Christmas hangover cure breakfast
- 2 Sausages
- 2 Rashes of bacon
- 1 Egg
- Cherry tomatoes on the vine
- 3 chestnut mushrooms
- ½ tin of beans
- 2 slices of baguette
- Salt and pepper
- Olive or vegetable oil
Firstly add the oil to the frying pan and place the heat on medium. Add your sausages and begin to fry until light brown. Then add chopped mushrooms and the bacon. After 4-5 minutes, add the cherry tomatoes and sliced baguette. Get a nice colour on the bread then temporally remove from the pan. Add the beans then create space for the egg, crack the egg into the pan then add the bread back to the pan where there is room. Cook for a further 4-5 minutes, sprinkle with salt and pepper then the dish is complete!
Either carefully slide the breakfast onto a plate or cut in half for two people! If you’re really hungover then wait for it to cool slightly and eat it straight from the pan!