Friday 16 December 2011

Friday Feast - Farmer's Breakfast

........also known as Eggy Mess, to give it the nickname from schooldays! This one is for Moira :)

No-one could say we ever went hungry at school, but we did have our favourites of course. Tuesday and Saturday breakfasts generally included Farmer's Breakfast - yummy:

Farmers Breakfast

Makes 2 good servings

4 or 5 eggs plus a little milk, beaten together
6-8 rashers back bacon
1 medium onion
4-6 leftover cold boiled potatoes
1 tablespoon olive or cooking oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Dice the bacon and onion and fry in the oil in a frying pan for a few minutes, then add the diced potato and continue to fry on a medium heat

Keep cooking and turning the bacon, onion and potatoes until lightly to medium browned

Turn down the heat under the frying pan and pour over the beaten egg mixture

Toss together until the eggs begin to set

Form into one large omelet, turning now and then until golden brown

The weird thing is that, although I've made this for donkeys years, I only just checked up on it in a book which was published about our old school in 2004 - and I'd been spot-on all along with my guess work taken purely from memory of the taste! I also came across a week's menus - here's what we scoffed on one particular Tuesday:

Breakfast: Porridge and milk, Farmers Breakfast, bread, butter, marmalade, fresh toast, tea

Break: Cocoa and sultana bun

Lunch: Minestrone soup, Melba toast, roast lamb, gravy, mint sauce, 2 types of vegetable, ginger pudding and custard, bread

Tea: Tea, bread, margarine, jam, jam doughnuts

Dinner: Mixed grill, bottled sauce, Parmentier potatoes, baked beans, Vanilla slices, bread, tea

Hmm, there was a lot of bread there to fill you up, as if you were likely to go hungry - in fact, I'm amazed at the amount of food we packed into ourselves in just one day. And yes, there was only butter at breakfast - tea time was margarine, which many of us tried to improve by having our own jars of Marmite.

We should have been a load of Billy Bunters but I think all the sports plus keeping on the move to keep warm helped! One year the North Sea froze over but we still weren't allowed to stay indoors and cosy - instead of hockey we went trotting along the deich, round the snowy playing fields or even skated on the 'flooded then frozen' netball courts. There was no danger of those calories not being burned off - huh, I think it caught up with me now though :))

Thank you for your sweet comments yesterday, the battle continues but at least I tasted what I ate last night! Gotta be a good sign :)



  1. What an amazing diet you had as a child....much improvement on the convenience foods a lot of them have these days and so many go to school with no breakfast now too. Think you could teach them a lot Di.
    A x

  2. Sounds delish!

    Glad to hear you're feeling a little better and can taste things again! xxx

  3. Morining Di, Yummy!!...... another stunning dish!! just might make this for the hubby as he's still in bed after a meal out with the daughter and a few extra drinks to wash it down:) Sandra H

  4. Gosh, all that bread and potatoes and flour based goodies - talk about filling you up with stodge! I've often cooked something similar, very tasty, but didn't know that it was called Farmer's Breakfast ... you live and learn :) Wonder what you think of my foodie offering this week ... definitely not a dish served at my school. My late ex-father-in-law used to say that it was only when you stopped eating that you were ill ... so accordingly, you are no longer ill :))Hope you continue to feel better. Elizabeth x

  5. Hey-up, this seems a bit like a Yorkshire recipe. Now this is right down my street, I love bacon, infact I could live off it but hubby's not that keen, love fried onions and fried left over boiled potatoes, especially new potatoes.
    Will definately give this one a try.
    Glad you are feeling better.

    Kath x

  6. Glad to hear you're feeling a bit better and can taste things again! Wow It's amazing you could move at all after eatting so much. My family calls your recipe Breakfast Hash, a favorite any time of day! Yummy!

  7. I still love this sort of mess, and once again thank you for the gorgeous christmas card

  8. Yummy dish today Di, making my mouth water. Anything that can combine bacon, onions and potatoes gets my vote. Actually anything with potato in it gets my vote! Glad to hear you're feeling a big better, really hope you shale this bug before Christmas.



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