The Full English Breakfast

The Full English Breakfast is the UK's iconic way to start the day, greasily flying in the face of all medical advice and common sense. Despite this, millions of plates of fried eggs, sausages, bacon, mushrooms, black pudding, beans, tomatoes, fried bread and toast are sold every day in cafes the length and breadth of the UK.

Quite why a belly full of this almost lethal concoction of salt, saturated animal fat, preservatives and cholesterol is still seen by many as the perfect way to start the day remains a mystery, although it seems to be a firm favourite with builder types, many of whom, rather unsurprisingly, spend their last moments on this Earth clutching their chests as years of Full English take their toll.

Ironically it is possible that just like Sir Winston Churchill, the origins of Full English might well hail from the USA. In the 1920s the so-called 'father of public relations', American Edward Bernays, as part of a project to promote sales of bacon carried out a survey of physicians who suggested people it big breakfasts.

Bernays coined the term 'bacon and eggs' and sent his findings to over 5,000 doctors in an effort to boost the sales of the meat product. Doctors so liked the idea they recommended it to patients who probably then went on to develop heart disease.

Like so much in life, a Full English Breakfast is best taken in moderation, usually at the weekend, and often as part of a hangover cure following the excesses of a Friday or Saturday night. A Full English Breakfast is traditionally served with a nice cup or mug of English Tea.