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23 Delicious Facts About The Full English Breakfast

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2. However, the menu wasn't fixed.

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It could include: "baked halibut steaks, fried whiting, stewed figs, pheasant legs, collared tongue, kidneys on toast, sausages with fried bread, pig's cheek and Melton pork pie".

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3. Isabella Beeton lays out the following breakfast advice in The Book of Household Management (1861)

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"The following list of hot dishes may perhaps assist our readers in knowing what to provide for the comfortable meal called breakfast. Broiled fish, such as mackerel, whiting, herrings, dried haddocks, &c.; mutton chops and rump-steaks, broiled sheep's kidneys, kidneys à la maître d'hôtel, sausages, plain rashers of bacon, bacon and poached eggs, ham and poached eggs, omelets, plain boiled eggs, oeufs-au-plat, poached eggs on toast, muffins, toast, marmalade, butter, &c. &c."

5. After the war, a cooked breakfast returned, but was mainly saved for the weekend.

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This was due to more people doing sedentary jobs.

7. The notion of a large breakfast prevailed into the 1950s.

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In 1952, the culinary historian Arnold Palmer wrote that "about eggs and bacon for breakfast there still lingers, for many honest men, something of the sanctity of the Union Jack and Stratford-Upon-Avon."

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10. Generally, a Full English includes: bacon, poached or fried eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, fried bread or toast with butter, sausages and baked beans.

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21. And a society - The English Breakfast Society was founded in 2012.

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In order to "restore the traditional English breakfast to its former glory and encourage the spread of establishments serving a high quality traditional English breakfast throughout the land".

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