One meal I was determined to try while in London was a traditional English breakfast. My wife, who has lived in Britain, and a British coworker now in Chicago, had each told me about the breakfast tradition. I had little time to go looking for a traditional English breakfast during a week of meetings but I made a point to get one my last morning in London.
I was sitting in the breakfast place wondering how she knew about it even though it wasn’t near our office but then I saw her outside walking to work and realized it was on her daily route from her train to work!
So, the traditional breakfast includes one egg, a sausage, two pieces of ham or what we would call Canadian bacon, a big piece of toast, which is almost always served cold for some unknown reason and beans. Mine also had mushroom slices, I’m not sure if those were traditional.
I normally only eat eggs scrambled but was surprised how much I enjoyed the fried one in my breakfast. The rashers of ham were salty and I left most of the beans. I thoroughly enjoyed going native for breakfast.
If you want a useful analysis of a traditional English breakfast in terms of calories, fat, etc., check out Tony’s blog post.