Remember “Freedom Toast”?
Alex’s favorite breakfast of all time is French Toast. But unfortunately we’ve had kind of a hard time finding it in restaurants here … until we realized that they don’t call it French Toast. To the British, the exact same recipe is referred to as Eggy Bread. Yes, it’s a very descriptive name, isn’t it?
The other interesting thing is the lack of English Muffins. I never thought that wouldn’t have them, but they don’t! They have crumpets, which are slightly different, and scones, which are very different. But I have yet to find a good old nooks-and-crannies kind of English Muffin.
The beans for breakfast thing is an entirely other matter. At my job on Friday mornings the canteen serves “a right proper fry up” that consists of: eggs (sunny side up), toast, fried toast, sausage, thick back bacon, hash brown triangles, mushrooms, tomato halves, and beans! And when John Q Public takes his breakfast, he piles the plate high with all the fixings, and then smothers everything in beans! With lots of juicy bean-sauce. And sometimes they put “brown sauce” on top of that — I think it’s something like A1 steak sauce. It’s quite indecent.
We’re still working on the pancake situation. They can be found, but they tend to be thicker and heavier than American pancakes. They also sell packets of pre-made pancakes at the store, you can buy 3 small ones as a snack or for lunch. Sometimes these have syrup already mixed in, and they are pretty good. Syrup is also a big deal here, because they don’t use any!! For most breakfast items, they use “golden syrup”, which took us about 5 minutes to figure out is really just honey. The Maple Syrup they have at the store comes in teeny tiny bottles, and is obnoxiously expensive (because they have to import it from Canada? Are there no maple trees in England?). So if anyone wants to send us a bottle of Aunt Jemima … 😉