We call it the greasy fry ups, all-day breakfast and a host of other names. British hotels are famous for making it. Hotels in different countries serve it. In Britain builders and construction workers love it! Yes! It is eggs, sausages, baked beans, fried tomatoes, fried mushrooms, fried tomatoes, black pudding, and toast. The full English breakfast in all its processed glory! I do not eat black pudding. That is going too far, but I have begun a habit of eating English Breakfast on Sundays. I gladly gobble it up and have it for breakfast or brunch.
The Corner Cafe
Many years ago, when a job I was working at got really stressful, an all-day breakfast with chips was my go to! A corner cafe near my office served this with a strong cup of tea and I became a regular customer. They would slap everything on a huge platter with mountain of chips and I would consume the food and roll sleepily and happily back to my job. Trust me, I ballooned from a British dress size 12 to 16 in no time! I would spy my moon-shaped face in the mirror and blame everything else for my weight gain!
A near Veggie
Eventually, I weaned myself off all-day breakfast and avoided it except for special occasions. I decided to try and become a vegetarian and like a hawk, monitored everything that went through my mouth. Friends that welcomed me to the voluptuous and bountiful club watched with envy as I melted down to a size 10 and stabilised at 12.
Then, I decided to have a change and chopped off my hair so I could grow it to an even shape. Why? It is because years of stress and abuse (perming, braids etc) took its toll and my hair edges had eaten away. But to my dismay the hair that grew was thin and scanty.
My BFF took one look at me one day and pronounced that I had to go back to eating meat! I needed protein to strengthen my hair. I was reluctant at first. My clean diet to be polluted by antibiotic injected cows and chickens? No, sir!
Full English Breakfast
Finally, I caved in(too quickly) and began to introduce regular meat and chicken into my diet whilst wracked with guilt for doing this. To my shame (I hang my head), I decided to buy some sausages and bacon(just this once I told myself firmly) and started a Sunday tradition. 2 Sausages(Cumberland if you please), bacon, scrambled eggs, baked beans, and 2 or 3 toasts. Yes oh yes! I caved in!
You see there is nothing like an English breakfast!
Stella Oni’s crime fiction debut, Deadly Sacrifice, a police procedural, will be published by Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd in July 2020. Read the excerpt here. Follow me on twitter or Instagram . Sign up and get updated.