A simple English style breakfast, that can be put together in no time, yet so filling…
Are you a breakfast person? I am unfortunately not… Even though I love breakfast meals, I don’t like the idea of eating anything much, apart from maybe a cup of black coffee, early in the morning. During work times, all I would carry is a tall mug of hot black coffee with little stevia and a teaspoon of ghee – call it the madness of “fat first” but I loved the taste of it too… – and I wouldn’t finish that coffee till I reached work. Even now, my breakfast is usually during the brunch time. It is always boiled eggs or an omelette at the most. There are very rare times I get into a mood to make something elaborate like an English breakfast. It may look as though you have labored in the kitchen for a long time, but it is easiest yet fulfilling breakfast you could even make.
This week, I am doing the Blogging Marathon #140 with the theme “Restaurant Specials” and I had to choose posting this one. Since I started off saying I am not a breakfast person, let me flip another side too. I love breakfast meet-ups. If any among my friend circle tells me, “Let’s meet up for breakfast”, I will literally be in a picnic mood. I won’t sleep properly and I will wake up before my alarm to get ready. 😀 Last year in December, when my sister came here for a brief while, I was already up quite early waiting for her pick-up call. HD was in a half asleep mood and he was like surprised that I was up early on a Friday morning. I then casually asked him, “Can we go for breakfast? Let the girls sleep in…” I wasn’t expecting him to say a “yes”. Then the rest they say was history… 😀 We had a lovely breakfast on the Majaz waterfront side and it was really delicious. He commented, “Can’t you make something like this?” He will still not take me for a breakfast without me asking for it… 😀
Usually, a breakfast at a cafe would usually be eggs on toast with some avocadoes, French Toasts in various forms, pancakes or some variation of an English Breakfast. As per Wikipedia, an English Breakfast or a Full Breakfast “is a substantial cooked breakfast meal, often served in the United Kingdom and Ireland, that typically includes back bacon, sausages, eggs, black pudding, baked beans, some form of potato, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast, and a beverage such as coffee or tea.” So it basically means that you can have all these items on your plate. To make it more acceptable to the current diet masters, some green leafy salad or boiled vegetables are added into the plate. 😉 I guess let us go with it one by one:
- Bacon – It is salted and cured meat from the belly or back of pork, usually but now you find it for beef. Here, we do find Halal bacon in some stores. I don’t like it much and hence don’t tend to buy them.
- Sausages – I guess this needs no introduction. You can cook the sausages any way you want. I have used fresh chicken sausages with minimal seasoning.
- Eggs – this can be totally made to your liking, as a sunny side up, an omelette – just plain or with some veges thrown in like this one or as scrambled, which I will share in the recipe card below.
- Black pudding – It is a different type of sausage made with non-Halal ingredients, so we can safely skip it out of our platter. The best replacement is a serving of leafy green salad with some microgreens or boiled vegetables like broccoli and carrots. I have used a frozen pack of winter vegetables, which I thawed, boiled, drained and seasoned.
- Baked Beans – These are usually white beans cooked and soaked in a tomato sauce. It is very easy to find them off the shelves. I used to always get irritated that they would only have the usual 400 gm tins, but now you find smaller ones too, apt for two people. My girls are not fond of them at all and one tin used to be too much for both of us.
- Potatoes – you can have them fried or roasted, or even as hashbrowns. I completely forgot about it while preparing this platter, considering how we all are potato fans. 😀
- Tomatoes – you can roast a whole tomato on a flame or pan roast some cherry tomatoes like I did.
- Mushrooms – this is another ingredient I forgot to buy. HD loves them and he asked specifically for it too. Here is a way you can cook your mushrooms.
- Toast – The best to have is a toasted piece of sourdough bread. It is just so good to be dunk into the baked beans or if you make sunny side-up. Of course, you can use toasted white or brown bread.
- Beverage – it is usually a cup of black coffee, black tea or cold orange juice. I haven’t seen milk drinks being served. Of course, you can have it but I feel with how heavy this platter can be, a light beverage is the best bet.
To make it for a lavish weekend breakfast, just make sure to stock up your pantry with the ingredients needed. A simple list would be eggs, a tin of baked beans, cherry tomatoes, baby potatoes, mushrooms, sausages, toast and juice, if using or fruit for freshly squeezed one. The potatoes can be boiled the previous day if using, so that in the morning, you just need to roast it in the oven for 30 minutes. The rest of the platter comes together in no time, if you go one after the other. Even though it isn’t much of a recipe, I am still putting some of the steps I followed…
Simple English Breakfast
- 4 chicken sausages
- Seasoning of choice I used creole seasoning
- Oil or butter as needed
- 6-8 cherry tomatoes
- 250 gm pack frozen vegetables
- 100 gm baked beans in tin
- 2 cups orange juice fresh or bottled
- 4 eggs
- salt and pepper as needed
- Heat a skillet and melt some butter and/or olive oil. I love a mix of it.
- Add the sausauges, sprinkle seasoning. Cook on all sides just till done. Drain into serving plate.
- In the same oil, add the cherry tomatoes and roll them till just roasted. Drain onto the plates.
- Whisk the eggs, salt and pepper with a splash of water or milk (optional but recommended). Add more oil into the pan if needed. Add the whisked eggs and keep stirring just till done.
- Drain and divide half into each plate.
- Boil and drain the frozen vegetables just till done. Once the water is gone, divide into plates.
- Keep a serving of the baked beans on the plate. Serve with a cup of orange juice.