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Post by Charlie Reams » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:15 pm

My favourite breakfast is full English, without tomatoes. What's yours?

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Post by JimBentley » Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:11 pm

I like a full English too, but tomatoes have to be involved in some way. Fresh tomatoes grilled are the best way to go, but I'll have tinned if that's all there is. Also, mushrooms are essential.

Your tomato-based wrongheadedness is frankly astonishing, however.

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Post by Mike Brown » Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:21 pm

Surely there's room for a slice of black pudding somewhere? (with apologies to veggies)

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Post by Charlie Reams » Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:31 pm

With you on the mushrooms, but I can find no redeeming features of the tomato.

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Post by Ben Wilson » Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:38 pm

Gotta say I can't find room for mushrooms in my breakfast. I don't mind tomatoes that much though.

Big question is- fried, poached or scrambled?

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Post by Charlie Reams » Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:56 pm

Everyone knows fried is best.

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Post by Conor » Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:35 am

Pancakes.

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Post by Howard Somerset » Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:27 am

If I'm preparing it myself, as I do most days. then it's boring old Weetabix, toast and marmalade, and black coffee.

If my wife's preparing it, just the same, except without the Weetabix.

In a hotel though, it's porridge, bacon and egg, with, as some others have said, mushrooms.

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Post by Dinos Sfyris » Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:56 am

I'm on the pro tomatoes and mushroom side of things but like Howard I'm a Weetabix kinda guy cause its uninvolved. Though this morning my mum gave me GOATS MILK on it. Eugghh! Also my morning drink is hot ribena. Anyone?

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Post by Joseph Bolas » Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:54 pm

I don't have a breakfast anymore to be honest.

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Post by Harry Whitehouse » Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:12 pm

Bacon, egg, two slices of buttered toast as a basis, then an informal rota of added extras for variety and interest.

Sausages have to be real - pig guts for skin, and plenty of coarse-chopped pork as a filling.

The occasional lamb's kidney, and mushrooms fried for no more than three minutes, while the toast browns.

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Post by Jon Corby » Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:24 pm

Bacon, Sausages, Egg (Poached/Scrambled/Fried), Fried Bread, Beans, Mushrooms, Hash Browns, Black Pudding.

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Post by cheekbones3 » Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:08 pm

Beans, beans, beans, only-just-cooked bacon, sausages, perfectly cooked (not frazzled) fried egg, or maybe scrambled, lightly-done toast. That covers it, although when I eat the all-day breakfast in my local, I get chips and fried onions as well, and maybe a fried plum tomato.

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Post by David O'Donnell » Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:30 pm

I am a veggie, albeit one who misses almost raw red meat, so I have to give the full English/Irish/Ulster fry the thumbs down even though I did love them when I ate meat. I would now have to plump for 'French toast' which makes you rather plump.

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Post by Charlie Reams » Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:48 pm

I never knew you were a veggie, Dave. How did a red-blooded male like you get go over to the salady side?

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Post by David O'Donnell » Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:02 pm

I was writing a paper a few years ago debating the moral obligation not to eat meat and ended up convincing myself it was wrong. I wished I'd never bothered :(

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Post by Michael Wallace » Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:32 pm

If I'm having breakfast it means I got up in the morning, which means something has gone horribly, horribly wrong...

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Post by Mike Brailsford » Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:23 pm

I will very rarely eat in the mornings unless I was staying in a hotel. I would just have 1 or 2 cups of coffee depending on time.

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Post by Jon O'Neill » Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:20 pm

Conor wrote:Pancakes.
You HAVE to go to My Old Dutch Pancake House in Holborn for breakfast or brunch sometime. Seriously mate, you will never look back.

Get one of their milkshakes as well. It's the definition of orgasmic.

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Post by Martin Smith » Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:45 pm

I seem to have a real odd assortment for breakfast, mainly depending on whether I've got up early enough. Half a tin of Heinz Beans & Sausages is quite common (used to be the whole tin, until I realised it was 2/3 of the daily guideline for salt), but I often have soup for breakfast. Cold meat or tinned fish as well. I try to have some fruit or veg - half a tin of pineapple seems to be a common one.

If I was having it cooked for me: bacon, sausages, hash browns, mushrooms, a few beans, orange juice, toast. Maybe fried egg white, but I can't stand yolks.

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Post by Joseph Bolas » Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:21 pm

Martin Smith wrote:I seem to have a real odd assortment for breakfast, mainly depending on whether I've got up early enough. Half a tin of Heinz Beans & Sausages is quite common (used to be the whole tin, until I realised it was 2/3 of the daily guideline for salt), but I often have soup for breakfast. Cold meat or tinned fish as well. I try to have some fruit or veg - half a tin of pineapple seems to be a common one.

If I was having it cooked for me: bacon, sausages, hash browns, mushrooms, a few beans, orange juice, toast. Maybe fried egg white, but I can't stand yolks.
I remember when I was little, sneaking downstairs during the middle of the night and eating a tin of beans cold. I also did sugar butties too.

I used to like fry-ups, but because I am trying to watch my weight, I will only eat black pudding (done in the George Forman) and a runny fried egg yolk (don't like fried egg white) as my idea of a fried breakfast (and then I only have it at tea and not brekkie).

I have gone of food that is deep fat fried so if I was to have sausages too (if I had them in), it would be in a George Forman grill.

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Post by Jon O'Neill » Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:51 pm

Dead babies

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Post by JimBentley » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:18 pm

Ginger Jono wrote:Dead babies
Fried or scrambled?

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Post by JimBentley » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:20 pm

Joseph Bolas wrote:I used to like fry-ups, but because I am trying to watch my weight, I will only eat black pudding (done in the George Forman)....if I was to have sausages too (if I had them in), it would be in a George Forman grill.
I am intrigued by this line of products that you mention. Do you have any informative pamphlets that I could peruse at my leisure?

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Post by Joseph Bolas » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:37 pm

jimbentley wrote:
Joseph Bolas wrote:I used to like fry-ups, but because I am trying to watch my weight, I will only eat black pudding (done in the George Forman)....if I was to have sausages too (if I had them in), it would be in a George Forman grill.
I am intrigued by this line of products that you mention. Do you have any informative pamphlets that I could peruse at my leisure?
If interested in George Forman grills, the best place to get info on them, is http://igrillwithgeorge.com/

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Post by David O'Donnell » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:49 pm

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Post by James Hurrell » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:22 pm

Pancakes - no question. Looking forward to tomorrow!!!!! :mrgreen:

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Post by Matt Morrison » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:06 pm

Joseph Bolas wrote:
jimbentley wrote:
Joseph Bolas wrote:I used to like fry-ups, but because I am trying to watch my weight, I will only eat black pudding (done in the George Forman)....if I was to have sausages too (if I had them in), it would be in a George Forman grill.
I am intrigued by this line of products that you mention. Do you have any informative pamphlets that I could peruse at my leisure?
If interested in George Forman grills, the best place to get info on them, is http://igrillwithgeorge.com/
Haha. Brilliant. Oh, and crumpets.

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Post by Phil Reynolds » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:49 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:crumpets
For breakfast? Crumpets are a teatime comestible, for goodness' sake. What on earth is wrong with you?

To answer the OP: my favourite breakfast is undoubtedly full English (and I'm with Charlie on the no-tomatoes thing). Sausage; bacon, not overcooked but with the fat crisp (there's a knack); beans; fried bread (yum); and fried eggs, basted so the tops cook properly but the yolk stays runny for you to dip your bread in. Mushrooms and black pudding optional. Ketchup the condiment of choice, although brown sauce makes a nice change occasionally. Hot strong tea. Heaven.

However, while it might be my favourite, the effort involved in preparation dictates that the above is reserved for an occasional treat (just as well, given the calorific intake and saturated fat levels involved). My usual daily breakfast used to be heavily refined cereal of some variety or another, until HWMBO and I got into eating a low GI diet a couple of years ago, since when porridge has become the norm in our household. Mind you, for a really tasty and satisfying breakfast, it has to be Jordan's Jumbo Conservation Grade Oats. In Cornwall last week, the nearest food store to our holiday cottage sold only Quaker Oats, which were disgusting. The hot gritty slurry made from them reminded me of eating Ready Brek as a child.

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Post by Liam Tiernan » Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:12 pm

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Post by M. George Quinn » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:02 am

No pancakes, no beans. All the rest by the shovelful.

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Post by Jacob Sutton » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:13 am

Crumpets, English Muffins or buttered toast will do for me.

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Post by Sue Sanders » Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:28 am

Most mornings I have two soft boiled (4 min 15 second) eggs. I eat them in my room to avoid smelling anyone else's toast - which I crave but have to watch the carbs. I peel the top (never do that slicing the top off thing) and eat one egg. Then I eat the top of the second egg to reveal the yoke, which I then transfer into the empty shell of the first. (If I was having toast, I'd instead spread it onto that - cooled and liberally buttered) I eat the white of egg no 2 and then am able to go back to shell no 1 to eat the yoke of egg no 2 thus ensuring that I finish on yokey taste not whitey taste. The whole experience is enhanced by the recent discovery of herbamare seasoned salt.


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Sue Sanders wrote:toast - which I crave but have to watch the carbs
Then eat toast made from stoneground wholemeal bread. The "stoneground" bit is important as it means the flour is less refined; this makes it higher in fibre and lowers its GI. You still don't want to be eating it in vast quantities, but the occasional slice will do you no harm at all and may actually help you lose weight since low GI foods not only keep you feeling fuller for longer, but also help to stabilise your body's insulin levels so that less of the energy released from your food is stored as fat.

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Post by Peter Mabey » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:34 am

At home - juice (usually orange or grapefruit), then a banana, sliced with bran & cornflakes. Tea & toast come later, as a mid-morning snack.
Hotel - grapefruit; then scrambled egg, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, tomato and sometimes a hash brown; might finish with a croissant or toast. Then I won't need to buy any lunch :D

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Post by Sue Sanders » Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:31 am

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Sue Sanders wrote:toast - which I crave but have to watch the carbs
Then eat toast made from stoneground wholemeal bread. The "stoneground" bit is important as it means the flour is less refined; this makes it higher in fibre and lowers its GI. You still don't want to be eating it in vast quantities, but the occasional slice will do you no harm at all and may actually help you lose weight since low GI foods not only keep you feeling fuller for longer, but also help to stabilise your body's insulin levels so that less of the energy released from your food is stored as fat.
I did do low GI for a while. In fact, having been permanently watching my weight since the age of 11 (when Mum took me to slimming club) I've an understanding of all the different food group avoiding/combining diets. I love my food, love cooking, love feeding people, and the big struggle, don't have to be hungry to want to eat .Though actually, I really like being a voluptous woman with very curvy curves. I just know that, left unchecked my weight goes up very quickly. Never having suffered with lack of confidence (the opposite in fact, I'm a bit of a 'big is beautiful' campaigner) the enjoyment of eating dissolves the willpower. You know you're on a hiding to nothing when you start the day doing 'low fat', do a low GI lunch and finish the day on 'Atkins'!! Oh, and on a telly programme about 'fat genes', (something that research discovered some 2 years ago) I was one of the people whose DNA was tested and I have one fat gene. Not an excuse I know - but sometimes is such a pain in the arse fighting a permanent, long term, life lasting battle. One thing I will always argue - people (probably because of the multi-million pound 'healthy food' industry) place too much emphasise on 'low fat'. Personally, my best control is low carb in some form - not least because I love my meat. Put me inside a cow and I'll eat my way out!

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Post by Derek Hazell » Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:40 am

Sue Sanders wrote:Put me inside a cow and I'll eat my way out!
I've used that as a chat-up line before!
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Derek Hazell wrote:
Sue Sanders wrote:Put me inside a cow and I'll eat my way out!
I've used that as a chat-up line before!
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! :lol: (Laughing tortology going on there)
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Post by Phil Reynolds » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:16 pm

Sue Sanders wrote:You know you're on a hiding to nothing when you start the day doing 'low fat', do a low GI lunch and finish the day on 'Atkins'!!
Indeed. No one diet regime is going to do you much good if you don't stick to it, especially if you mix and match it with proprietary fad diets like Atkins.
One thing I will always argue - people (probably because of the multi-million pound 'healthy food' industry) place too much emphasise on 'low fat'.
Well, depends what you mean by "too much" emphasis. If you're talking about weight control, then I agree - carbohydrate intake has much more effect on our weight than fat does. However, a diet that's high in saturated fat will definitely lead to increased risk of all kinds of other health problems such as heart disease and stroke. This is why the Atkins "diet" is so misleading, if not downright dangerous.
Personally, my best control is low carb in some form
If you're inclined to eat for the sheer enjoyment of it even when you're not hungry, then I can appreciate that cutting down on all carbs is probably a good idea, even the low GI ones, since what really matters is the GL (glycaemic load) which you get by multiplying the GI of a food by the amount consumed. If you enjoy your food and like being "voluptuous" (what a great word!), then more power to you. What matters is, first, health, and second, self-esteem - get those two right and how much you actually weigh becomes irrelevant. Do whatever you need to do to keep your weight at a level you're comfortable with and watch your saturated fat intake and you've gone a long way to achieving both those goals.

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Post by David O'Donnell » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:37 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:I never knew you were a veggie, Dave. How did a red-blooded male like you get go over to the salady side?
Less than one year later and I am completely off the wagon - screw those veggie scum!

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Post by Charlie Reams » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:42 pm

Sue Sanders wrote:HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! :lol: (Laughing tortology going on there)
I thought only lawyers did tortology.

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Charlie Reams wrote:
Sue Sanders wrote:HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! :lol: (Laughing tortology going on there)
I thought only lawyers did tortology.

TAUTOLOGY!!!! (blimey, I've been incorrectly mis-spelling that wrong over and over again very many times) :oops:
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Phil Reynolds wrote:
Sue Sanders wrote:You know you're on a hiding to nothing when you start the day doing 'low fat', do a low GI lunch and finish the day on 'Atkins'!!
Indeed. No one diet regime is going to do you much good if you don't stick to it, especially if you mix and match it with proprietary fad diets like Atkins.

I tend to call a high protein diet 'Atkins' but have never done Atkins (my tall, skinny sister does it obsessively. I keep telling her she looks awful because she's too thin but she's someone who puts great score by being a size 8). I prefer to think of it as the 'steak and salad' diet because any regime that discourages fruit, salad and veggies for 2 weeks at a time has to be suspect.
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Post by Ian Volante » Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:50 pm

I usually have three Weetabix and honey (I finally found a type of honey I like). Sometimes toast if there's bread in, and if I'm really hungry, I'll have an all-day breakfast at my regular boozer.

It's rare to get properly cooked breakfast stuff. Bacon should be totally uncrinkly, as should the fried egg. If scrambled egg instead, this should be unwatery with pepper added. Lots of beans, toast and butter, and no tomato unless it's a skinned plum tom. Don't like potato scones, nor fried bread, nor black pudding, so to fill up my quota of items, I'll have fried onions and chips. Yum.
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Post by Philip Jarvis » Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:29 pm

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Post by Sue Sanders » Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:58 pm

[quote="Ian Volante"]If scrambled egg instead, this should be unwatery

The secret to great scrambled egg is for no milk to be added to the mix. Its just butter/marg and eggs. All that milk will do is leave your scrambled egg sitting in a pool of liquid. And don't be snobbish about doing them in the microwave. As long as you stir a few times during cooking and, most importantly, STOP cooking them when they look slightly underdone/still wet as the cooking process carries on and they firm up.

I've challenged a few friends to an 'egg off' and always convert them!

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Post by JimBentley » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:38 pm

Sue Sanders wrote:The secret to great scrambled egg is for no milk to be added to the mix. Its just butter/marg and eggs. All that milk will do is leave your scrambled egg sitting in a pool of liquid. And don't be snobbish about doing them in the microwave. As long as you stir a few times during cooking and, most importantly, STOP cooking them when they look slightly underdone/still wet as the cooking process carries on and they firm up.
I totally agree with all of this. Microwaved scrambled eggs are totally awesome, but it's so easy to go too far. It can only be a few seconds, but it's the difference between amazing scrambled eggs and slightly leathery scrambled eggs. It's a lot easier to guage the cookedness in a pan, but that's quite difficult too and would also mean that I'd have to wash a pan, which is always a bit of an arseache.

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Post by Michael Wallace » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:39 pm

JimBentley wrote:I'd have to wash a pan, which is always a bit of an arseache.
...how do you wash pans?

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Post by JimBentley » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:41 pm

By rubbing them frenziedly on my arse, of course. Doesn't everyone?

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Post by Lesley Hines » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:45 pm

Anything some other bugger cooks - I run a B&B! Top tip though Sue - I shall try that - thanks :D

For your gastronomic pleasure, though, we serve British bacon, free range eggs, butchers' sausages, beans, organically home-grown tomatoes, and hash browns. Vegetarian and vegan alternatives are available. Also ranges of cereals, fresh fruits, fruit juices, teas and fresh coffees, and white, brown or granary toast with home-made preserves made from home-grown fruit. Seasonal variants are served too (e.g. pancakes for 4 July, croissants for 14 July etc.).

I haven't eaten breakfast for years :lol:

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Post by Ian Volante » Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:19 am

Sue Sanders wrote:
Ian Volante wrote:If scrambled egg instead, this should be unwatery

The secret to great scrambled egg is for no milk to be added to the mix. Its just butter/marg and eggs.
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I agree about milk, I never did that, although recently have been partly converted and have not found it difficult to make the eggs non-liquidy. It's all in the wrist.

And how could I forgot sausages? A couple of them too of course, they're designed for yolk-dipping.

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Re: Breakfast

Post by Mark Heebs » Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:42 pm

I like Orange juice as a drink, but I like bacon, Fried eggs, Toast, Beans and brown sauce
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Re: Breakfast

Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:14 pm

I'm surprised I didn't post in this at the time. I like all-you-can-eat hotel breakfasts. I normally start with some sort of cereal, and then move onto the cooked breakfast and have most of the vegetarian stuff that's on offer. Then croissants with marmalade/jam and finally fruit, which is all the better if it has melon in. Orange juice is a good drink to have it with.

Sometimes I do vegan fry-ups at home, with fried "bacon", "black pudding" and fried bread as the main characters.

But normally for breakfast I just have Weetabix, and maybe Oatibix as well.

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Re: Breakfast

Post by Jon O'Neill » Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:58 pm

Jon O'Neill wrote:
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Nowadays I'm more of a muesli person, if I eat breakfast at all.

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Re: Breakfast

Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:42 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:
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I never knew you were a veggie, Dave. How did a red-blooded male like you get go over to the salady side?
Salady side indeed. Being vegetarian doesn't turn you into a rabbit!

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Re: Breakfast

Post by Marc Meakin » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:59 pm

Got to be scrambled eggs on pugliese bread with sliced smoked salmon
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Re: Breakfast

Post by Jennifer Steadman » Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:47 pm

If I have time and can be arsed, I'll make/devour one of:

- eggs and chopped tomatoes with chorizo and chilli flakes
- Lebanese scrambled eggs (with cumin and chilli)
- fried eggs with pitta bread and onions

(Massively craving eggs atm.) If I can be super arsed, Eggs Benedict, although poaching eggs AND doing Hollandaise simultaneously is so awkward to balance. If I can't be arsed, I'll grab a yoghurt/granola thingy from Tesco Express before work, or just skip breakfast.

Can't be doing with a fried breakfast - not sure why, because I can stomach cake or reheated pizza/Chinese for breakfast if I'm feeling gluttonous, but the thought of fried food in the morning makes me want to boke. Plus full Englishes usually have vommy things on them like those enormous mushrooms, fried tomatoes and baked beans.
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Re: Breakfast

Post by Marc Meakin » Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:56 pm

The only questionable things on a full English is fried bread and also chips, I can't understand having chips for brekkie although I don't mind d a hash brown.
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