Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Breakfast -- English Style

While we fell in love with Afternoon Tea (especially cream teas) when we traveled in England, we also fell in love with their breakfasts. Sausages and eggs and tomatoes and tea and toast and marmalade.

What a great way to start the day!

And so, every once in a while, we have what I call an English breakfast.

The table is set with a pretty cloth and then my breakfast accoutrements collected over the years.
And all of the breakfast foods -- eggs and toast and butter and jam.
Coddled eggs in the silver egg coddler -- a longed for and finally bought item. It's English and cooks four eggs in water which is kept warm by the little flame underneath. The eggs are then served in silver egg cups -- and then eaten with a proper egg spoon.
The toast rack (which Husband Jim calls a "toast cooler" for it takes hot toast and makes sure that it cools off rapidly) as well as the silver pot full of tea. Alas, no coffee for an English style breakfast.
To accompany the eggs, sausages and sauteed tomatoes -- rather than the halves that you so often find in England, I sauteed some Farmer's Market cherry tomatoes and then I added basil -- which alas, I have never eaten in Britain.

I love my silver breakfast accoutrements -- lovingly collected over the years. And used, occasionally, whenever I feel that it should be an English Breakfast morning.

It's also time for Silver Sunday and what better silver to share for Sunday than breakfast silver -- for it's usually on Sunday that we have big and leisurely breakfasts. It's usually on Sunday that we have our English breakfasts. Please join Beth at The Gypsy Fish to see other silver treasures this Sunday.


Anonymous said...

Oh how beautiful. YOur egg coddler and your egg cups on the tray are just stunning. I havn't ever seen an egg coddler before. It is fantastic. Your linens and all of your breakfast accessories are just gorgeous. Now I would love a breakfast English style. Hugs, Marty

Gypsy Fish said...

Once again you have such stellar silver! Just lovely...
thanks for joining in....see you next month!

Allie and Pattie said...

so beautiful and the perfect start to a lovely Sunday. Hope you're doing well, Martha
xoxo Pattie

Brynwood Needleworks said...

A beautiful table and set for a perfect English breakfast! Thanks for sharing. My mum would love to dine with you!

Pondside said...

We love a full English breakfast, or what my sister-in-law calls a 'good fry-up'. This morning it was toast with marmalade, fried potatoes and bacon and eggs. I have a coddler too, but haven't uses it in year - time to dig it out!

Erica (Irene) said...

Martha......beautiful again your table. Hope you are doing good. :-)

scrambledhenfruit said...

What a beautiful table! I adore your egg coddler and egg cups- so elegant. I've never had the pleasure of visiting England, though I hope to one day. Your English breakfast sounds lovely, especially with all of the beautiful silver pieces adorning your table!

Lyn said...

You went to some posh places to have breakfast when you came to England then!
I agree, an English Breakfast every now and again is good.

Rebecca said...

Just stopping by from PS and saw you were having breakfast-can I stay. It's my first PS-love the Nudist camp post-Have a great Day!

Anonymous said...

It's so beautiful and posh. I will be right over this morning and join you. :) HSS

The Lazy Peacock said...

your silver pieces are so stunning! i love the egg cups and coddler - have never seen one before, and the toast rack is fabulous!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Your whole table setting is lovely. You have a treasure in that egg coddler. I have seen pictures of these before and they are stunning. Thanks for sharing, ~~Sherry~~

Dan said...

Hi Martha, I seem to have missed lots of your recent posts due to a change of browser... I hope you are keeping well!
I love your egg coddler! There is nothing like a Full English every once in a while, though it seems to be a bit different nowadays.
Best wishes

bj said...

O, my....your English Breakfast is just stunning.
I love the coddler...your beautiful dishes...everything is wonderful.
xo bj

Laura said...

Your silver is amazing.
I have never seen an egg coddler.
Now I am going to be on the look out-

I am now a follower!

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I linked to the sae party- stop by if you have time-

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...


Thank you for visiting Milo and Alfie's blog.

I'm glad you enjoy an English breakfast so much ~ although a true English breakfast usually includes bacon! And we always have fresh coffee with ours!

Sidmouth, Devon, England.

lovethosecupcakes said...

I want to have breakfast at your house! Love your silverware and the blue and white plates. I've just started collecting Blue Denmark pieces (tho the last thing we need is more plates!). Thanks for visiting Cupcake Towers.

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Oh your silver is gorgeous, I especially love the egg coddler and your egg cups... what beauty!!! Happy SS
Blessings~~~ Daphne

Mary Bergfeld said...

How beautifully appointed. You seem to be doing well. I hope that is the case. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Love your English breakfast setting! I have the egg cups and spoons, but not the coddler. We fell in love with everything in England. Thanks for sharing. I found your blog through the silver Sunday party. Connie

Blessed Serendipity said...

What a beautiful table you have set! Love the egg coddler.


Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Love the Egg Coddler & Cups, not sure if I have ever seen a Coddler before, I'm sure Not of that Beauty... Thank You for Sharing this Summer Silver Sunday

The Norwegian said...

I always learn from your posts. The silver egg coddler is wonderful. I can imagine how thrilled you must have been when you got it! Your attention to detail is inspiring.

Sherrie said...

I want an egg coddler. How very proper, English style. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara said...

Now where is the bacon? English breakfast without bacon, where did you go or was that yur personal preference.

Marmalade such a conrast to the rest, sharp and fruity. Came about when a Scottish lady decided to try and make Orange jam and very quickly it was being sold around the world. Having said that on all my visits to the States it was not easy to find English Marmalade.

BumbleVee said...

you go to such lengths....and it is always beautiful....I'm a sloth by comparison.

Sarah said...

What a special breakfast with all the silver details. Your egg cups and coddler are wonderful, and your table beautifuly set. Who wouldn't enjoy having breakfast here? I'm late arriving and posting for Silver Sunday this month, but hope you will stop by for a visit. ~ Sarah