Inspired by the 1775 painting A Gentleman at Breakfast, attributed to Henry Walton, let's resolve to breakfast like gentlemen in 2015.
A Breakfasting Gentleman's Robe from New & Lingwood
First dress like a gentleman for the most important meal of the day. Wrap yourself in the English Conservatory Dressing Gown from New and Lingwood (above and below). This is a gown that says, 'I refuse to be rushed.' Some consider it an abuse of human dignity to start the day without one.
The gown is handmade of silk in England. The silk features intricately embroidered branches, leaves and birds. It can be adjusted to your measurements when ordering, which is good as you wouldn't want the sleeves dangling over your runny boiled egg.
Three Breakfast Courses
Consider the English breakfast a three course meal. We'll keep a simple outline, but do substitute kippers or Omelette Arnold Bennett where you think necessary.
- Porridge starters
- Main course: full English breakfast
- Toast and marmalade afters
For your porridge, try:
The English breakfast must have:
- 2 fried eggs
- 2 rashers of streaky bacon (crispy)
- 1 rasher of back bacon (crispy)
- 1 excellent pork sausage
- 2 slices of black pudding
- Grilled tomato
You will know where to source good local bacon and eggs, but do make black pudding the hearty centrepiece of your English breakfast from reliable pudding-makers such as the rare-breed Fruit Pig Company who also make morcilla (the Spanish version of black pudding).
Black pudding with poached egg on toast is another suitable breakfast 'mains'.
I discussed the subject of the English breakfast with a reader recently. We have both attempted to make marmalade with disastrous results — too runny, insipid, wrong colour. Do you make your own? If so, where did we go wrong?
Thankfully, we have some excellent jam people in the UK.
James Bond swore by Frank Cooper's Vintage Oxford.
Highgrove has the photogenic Duke of Rothesay marmalade (above).
Fortnum's stock Sarah Byrne's Larkins Marmalade, which is made with beer from Kent's Larkins Brewery and recommended as a side accompaniment to bacon and sausage. Larkins Marmalade was a winner at the 2014 World's Original Marmalade Awards at Dalemain Mansion. With my efforts I shan't be entering too soon.