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full english breakfast recipe
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With the 2012 Summer Olympics in full swing and NBC Universal broadcasting more than 3,500 hours of the London Games, one will need to eat a hearty breaky if they are to rise and shine early enough to watch Team USA go for gold.

A traditional full English breakfast is a meal that’s very easy and quick to prepare, cook and clean up; and it’s ideal to make for breakfast or brunch while you’re watching shuttlecocks get swatted across your television screen. This quintessential start to an Englishman’s day – the breakfast, not the shuttlecocks – is a protein bomb, a proverbial “garbage plate” for the a.m.

The traditional English breakfast consists of black pudding, baked beans, sausage, tomato, mushrooms, back bacon, eggs and toast. Since this is a breakfast that can be made a thousand different ways, I change up the tomatoes by using cherry instead of small ones, and sweeten the baked beans. Eggs are up to you, but I recommend fried so the yolk can spew all over the plate!