The great British breakfast is famous throughout the world. Actually nowadays it is a bit of a myth as most Britons are more likely to have a bowl of corn flakes or a cup of coffee with a cigarette than indulge in this breakfast feast. It’s true to say that it’s not eaten every morning but certainly at weekends. By the way, it’s called a Full Monty these days!!
It’s really a 19th century invention and nowadays Britons eat up to 450,000 tons of bacon and 190,000 tons of sausages each year. 32 million eggs are eaten every single day, although of course not only for breakfast.
Simpson’s in the Strand, in Central London, serves the Great British breakfast every morning at £12.50 including Cumberland sausage, streaky and back bacon, black pudding, fried mushrooms, baked tomato and egg (fried, poached or scrambled). They also offer The Ten Deadly Sins at £14.50, which includes all this plus liver, fried bread, bubble and squeak, baked beans. If you prefer The healthy Breakfast (Granola, seasonal fruits and an egg-white omelette), get ready to pay £19!!
Of course television and cinema have done a lot to promote and change the rather old-fashioned image of British food. Chefs like Jamie Oliver are media stars and do lots to encourage healthy eating habits especially in schools. Television cooking shows abound and have huge audiences, which in turn means that people try out new recipes and recent surveys suggest that even table eating is returning to British habits. The greatest threat to healthy and varied eating comes now from fast food, which is still a problem for people’s health apart from GM crops, pesticides, insecticides and the like.
After writing this article I’m famished, so off to the bar for a good old Spanish ‘tapa’!!
BUBBLE AND SQUEAK
Bubble and Squeak is a traditional English dish – maybe a leftover from wartime – made with shallow-fried vegetables, usually cabbage, carrots, peas, potato, brussel sprouts and parsnips. It is served with the cold meat from the Sunday roast and pickles. Everything is fried in a pan with mashed potato until the mixture is well-cooked and brown and then any amount of pickle and sauces can be added. You can even buy pre-cooked versions now but they are pretty disgusting!!