It was a snowy Saturday and we were anticipating the final episode of Season 5 of Downton Abbey. What better way to get in the mood than a "Full English" as they call a big breakfast in Britain. Alas, not taken on a tray in the bedroom as Lady Mary and Lady Cora do but rather in the breakfast room.
A lace cloth which seems so English and so cottagey (more downstairs than upstairs at the Abbey!), a glass bowl of fruit (alas, all of the bulb blossoms are spent), a pot of tea, juice, toast and marmalade.
The Full English -- a sausage, a fried egg (basted soft) on top of a piece of fried bread and beans. The first breakfast of our first morning in England we were served beans with breakfast! I was a bit confused for beans from a can were either doused with molasses and brown sugar with some onion and bacon thrown in and baked until they were sweet and caramelized on top or taken from the can, heated up and served with hot dogs as a kid pleasing easy supper.
But for breakfast, c'mon!
But being the good little guests that we were, we dutifully ate them and felt that they weren't all that bad with eggs and sausage (sausage after all is kin to a hot dog). The coffee, on the other hand . . .
American VanCamp's beans won't work. You have to buy the British Heinz variety. It's in a blue can and we find it either at military commissaries or World Market (which in our area is far closer than any of the commissaries!) We stock up on half a dozen cans. And then we found out we can order it from Amazon! So our supply is assured!
Another traditional part of a Full English is marmalade. Served at Linderhof in an English crystal and silver marmalade server. How do I know that it's really for marmalade? It says so on that little bit that sticks up.
No other jam is found on the English breakfast table. Just the marmalade. And the toast and marmalade is usually eaten after the breakfast. For there is a piece of fried bread under the egg to sop up all that runny yolk.
The china is our breakfast china, Indies by Johnson Brothers, a plate of breakfast and a bread plate and knife for the toast and marmalade. Juice -- tomato for Husband Jim and orange for me and the Emile Henry "workhorse" tea pot full of P G Tips tea -- our only breakfast tea!
It was a great way to start the "Countdown to the last Episode of Season 5 of Downton Abbey". We may not have dined at Downton but we breakfasted as they do!
It's Thursday and I'm sharing my breakfast with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.