(Picture: Gemma E/Rate My Plate)Is there anything more quintessentially British than a full English breakfast?
As much as we love the greasy old fry-up, we Brits have a hard time accepting people’s preferences when it comes to the breakfast staple. Black pudding, no black pudding? A hard pass on tomatoes?
But we can all pretty much agree that this woman’s ‘fully loaded English brekki’ is not the one.
The woman posted on Facebook group Rate My Plate with her measly portions of hash browns, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and a lonely piece of egg and half a bacon.
The poster was lambasted for her meager-looking breakfast with plenty of users mocking the lack of options available.
(Picture: Gemma E/Rate My Plate)Well, you can’t exactly get over a hangover with these portions.
The post racked up over 165,000 comments with a majority of them following the same line of thought.
‘My balls are more fully loaded and I’ve had a vasectomy,’ wrote one user while others said: ‘I’ve found more food down my bra’ and ‘I’ve picked more food out from between my teeth’.
One person asked if the meal was still loading. Others urged followers to donate money to the poster so she could afford a better breakfast. Ouch.
So, what exactly is a perfect full English, and is there such a thing?
When it comes to the popular breakfast staple, it seems everyone has an opinion.
Chef James Donnelly, who has worked in pubs and British restaurants his whole career, told Metro.co.uk about his ideal brekkie.
‘It’s about quality not quantity,’ he says. ‘It’s about using the best possible ingredients and knowing where they are coming from. At Donnelly’s in Bermondsey, we use black pudding from Lake District Farmers and our sausages are handmade.
‘We also have a vegetarian full English on the menu with avocado, roasted tomatoes and roasted pumpkin for guests who are looking for something a little lighter.
‘A traditional full English is my favourite with a really good Cumberland sausage, slow roasted tomatoes and you can’t forget the potato element – I love a comforting hash brown or bubble and squeak.’
YouGov conducted research into Britain’s favourite ingredients in a fry up (Graphic: YouGov)If you ever wondered what other people are putting on their plates then you’ll be pleased to know that YouGov conducted research into the area to find the nation’s faves.
They found that the number one ingredient on everyone’s plate is bacon.
Closely followed by bacon were sausages (82%), toast (73%), beans (71%), fried egg (65%) and hash brown (60%). Black pudding was least enjoyed.
Tom Shiers from The Fry Up Police, has also told Metro.co.uk about his preferences in detail.
‘It’s about the ingredients. Fresh free range eggs. Quality butchers sausages. Dry cured smoked British bacon. If you get the ingredients right you’re almost there.
‘People always claim how much they love “crispy eggs”, but I believe that’s because they don’t know how to cook them properly. For the perfect fried egg I crack them into cold oil on the hob and turn it onto the lowest setting. Pop a lid on and they will fry, perfectly! Always serve the eggs on a white fried slice, it’s the law.
‘A homemade potato rosti is also a fine addition. A lot of purists will tell you they’re an American import. So what if they are? Who doesn’t love a bit of fried potato!
‘This one’s a bit controversial as this is something I don’t fry, but halved tomatoes, seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled are a wonderful thing. I always go for button mushrooms too, fried in lots of butter!
‘Black pudding is very much a love/hate thing for a lot of people and I can see where the hate comes from.’
Has all this talk of a fry up got anyone else craving for one?
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