Thursday, March 18, 2010

BESTMs



Full English Breakfast - lets call it FEB - is one of the best, imho.

I do like croissants and danish pastries. And I very much like waffles or pancakes, bacon, maple syrup, fruit... mmmmmm and had wonderful American breakfasts in NYC.

But nothing quite hits the spot like a FEB, when you're in the mood.

This photo isn't a bad example - its a pub breakfast, could be improved for me by the addition of black pudding and fried bread (I hardly ever ever ever have fried bread, it is so unhealthy and so so very delicious) and the subtraction of the beans - oh, and more mushrooms please.
And followed by at least a small piece of hot toast and good marmalade.
And of course a large, really hot and quite strong cup of tea. Ideally in a large but fine bone china cup or mug - but I wouldn't want to be fussy.

Good home-made FEBs are the best. (GHM FEBs?)

A lot of eateries in the UK now offer all-day breakfast. (ADFEB)
I have mixed feelings about this phenomenon. A FEB is good up till around 11.30, I reckon, but it is segueing into brunch rather than breakfast at that point. (BFEB) (or is it just FEBr?) (that would be confusing) (or possibly even silly?)

My parents ran a guest house in Devon for around 10 years - those were the best ever home made FEBs, (oops, sorry GHM FEBs) cooked on the Aga in the large farmhouse-style kitchen. They developed a system for taking orders, so the "full works" became known in my family as BESTMs.

BaconEggSausagesTomatoesMushrooms
Though the fried bread seems to have disappeared here, and they did do the most scrummy fried bread. I must consult my father about the status and designation of the fried bread in relation to the BESTM acronym.

During the week at home I usually have fairly delicious and nutritious meusli - with lots of seeds, nuts and fruit added (can't be doing with sawdust+floor-sweepings style meusli) - or else porridge. mmmmmmmm porridge.

Saturday mornings though mmmmmmmmmmm possibly even more:

toast or bread (homemade brown/wholemeal) with a little bit more butter than is healthy, homemade marmalade, and blogging. Bliss.






(oh, and of course a large, really hot and quite strong cup of tea (or a few such). Ideally in that large but fine bone china cup or mug - I feel its ok to be fussy at home ....)



Other Theme Thursday breakfast posts here.

29 comments:

Wendy said...

I am drooling. I want a FEB. Now. But we have no eggs, no bread, no bacon. So no FEB today. I see a shopping trip in my future.

subby said...

I've read about these FEBs and now I want one :P Only have the eggs and ham in the fridge!

Alan Burnett said...

Now you are just making me feel very hungry. All I've had is a piece of cold toast (PCT)

Brian Miller said...

oh wow...i am amazingly hungry now...

The Clever Pup said...

Those BEANS! They make me shiver. They're also featured on the website of every English B & B. Grotty. Ever since Roger Daltry sat in a tub of them. ICK!

Dumdad said...

FEB is FAB!

I'm now feeling homesick (again)!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

DD did say it well FEB is FAB... especially love the tomatoes!

thought i had a snap of a FIB, but couldn't find it, guess my memory was fibbing

my standard (stay at home breakfast) is coffee with milk (always milk, never cream), toast topped with cheese and marmite or perhaps a scone from the blackbird bakery if i planned ahead and am feeling decadent .... since a recent trip to the doctor i've added a daily banana to my breakfast menu...ah getting old....

VE said...

That's it...that first picture finally will get me off the TT posts and into the kitchen. I'm hungry...

Gledwood said...

A good fryup is said to be by far the best cure for a hangover... the oil re-lines the stomach... (far better than tansy-root tea and the like...)

but I do generally prefer Continental style... especially chocolate croissants!!

Liza said...

I love fried tomatoes.
I love beans, but not at breakfast.
The bangers look so tasty!
I love the pic of the bread and marmalade.
Okay, now I'm hungry!!!

PattiKen said...

I've had many delicious FEBs in the UK. I love the inclusion of the tomato, so good with eggs. Never understood the beans though. And if there was one thing I'd change, it would be to lose that toast rack! Cold toast is just not friendly to butter.

My entry is up here.

ArtSparker said...

There is something so honest and unapologetic about the breakfast pictured at top. Serious fuel!

Akelamalu said...

Since finding out I'm diabetic a full English breakfast is OUT! I have either porridge and fruit or Bran Flakes and fruit and I enjoy both. :)

Angie Muresan said...

I am very intrigued by fried bread. The thought of it just won't leave my mind.

Ronda Laveen said...

I've never seen or read about what a FEB consists of until today.

Ronda Laveen said...

I've never seen or read about what a FEB consists of until today.

Tom said...

i love beans, but for breakfast? that's an English thing i guess. Wednesday out for Bfast i had: scrambled eggs, pancakes, hashbrowns, bacon, and a bottomless cup of coffee. mmm. I skipped lunch.

Jill said...

As I was reading these BREAKFAST posts earlier today I was thinking of your home made Marmalade and the goodness of it!

Breakfast is THE BEST meal of the day!

Theme Thursday was FULL of delectable moments today!

Christine H. said...

Where has this FEB been all of my life?! I suspected I lived a deprived existence. Now I know it.

herhimnbryn said...

No bacon or sausages for me, but the rest looks grand.

Your toast looks luscious. I am now going off to hunt for toast...

Lynne said...

IF I were able to devour an FEB, I doubt I would eat anything else for the entire day. As delicious as it looks, it would surely do me in.

Your toast, butter and marm look much more my style!

Lynne said...

P.S. If you eat a FEB for breakfast, what do you eat next for the rest of the day?
;)

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e said...

I make a version of FEB with veggie accompaniments but I've never done the fried bread...Very filling and good tea is a must!

Megan said...

You had me until that horrible muesli word made it's way into the conversation...

:)

lettuce said...

I do prefer without the beans - lots of FEBs come without beans...

Lynne, nothing for lunch, thats for sure. sometimes nothing else much at all.

PCT - definately not to be countenanced. or eaten.

chocolate croissants, mmmmmmm

no votes here for meusli then? not even with lots n' lots of nuts etc...?

Baino said...

It's breakfast time here . .what's worse, it's Sunday and I don't have an egg in the fridge! I think the concept of all day breakfasts is born from the fact that we don't indulge in these delicious cholesterolfests much these days. Sunday brekkie was always my father's thing. We'd even come home for a fry up! Although I'm not a fan of peel so prefer marmalade with thin strips or none at all Roses Lime is always in my cupboard!

Jaime said...

wow that looks good. reading these breakfast posts while hungry was a bad idea.

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