Friday, 4 July 2008

All Day Breakfast!

Ever had a craving for a full blown breakfast? You know, the one with bacon, sausages, eggs, toast, mushrooms, tomatoes and everything else? Ever had the craving when it's way past breakfast time?

I'm one of those that loves places that serve all day breakfasts. I remember many years ago when I went to the US on work. There was this restaurant, I think it was Denny's, that was near the hotel that I stayed in. One evening after work, one of my colleagues and I walked across the road to Denny's for dinner. We were both immediately taken by their All Day Breakfast and we ordered the Lot! Complete with pancakes. Most satisfying I must say!

The best breakfast I’ve probably had was when my wife and I visited South Africa. We stayed at a small, quaint hotel that offered a buffet breakfast as part of the package. The best part about it was that the hot breakfast – meaning the bacon and eggs – was cooked individually and not thrown in a warmer as is the trend in other hotels.

On our first morning, we walked bleary-eyed to the restaurant and were welcomed by a charming elderly waiter who escorted us to our table. He had a thick South African accent and spoke rather fast too. The conversation went something like this:

Waiter: “Good morning Ma’am, Sir, and how are you today?”
Us: “Morning.”
Waiter: “Today we have the buffet and also you can order the hot
breakfast. For you, Ma’am, Eggs and Bacon?”
Wife: “Yes, please.”
Waiter: “How many eggs Ma’am?”
Wife: “Two please.”
Waiter: “Sunny side up, scrambled, hard boiled or poached, Ma’am?
Wife: “Scrambled please.”
Waiter: “Perhaps some sausages, Ma’am?”
Wife: “ Mmm…okay”
Waiter: “Some mushrooms, tomatoes and potatoes, Ma’am?”

By this stage my wife was quite flabbergasted and could only grunt her assent! I was thankful that etiquette dictated that my wife was asked for her order first, enabling me to act cool and dignified by saying, “Two eggs, sunny side up with everything, thank you!”

Needless to say, the spread that arrived was huge. Three large strips of bacon, two extremely tasty sausages, a large serving of sautéed mushrooms, one baked tomato, stir-fried potato cubes in herbs and spices, and of course the eggs and toast. Absolutely delicious!

So one night, I decided to treat the family to an All Day Breakfast. Large Meaty Sausages, Sauteed Mushrooms, Scrambled Eggs and Toast. Personally, I prefer my eggs sunny side up with the yolks a little runny. The Lovely Wife and the kids prefer their eggs scrambled so I followed the majority and just made scrambled eggs.

Yeap! Whos says you can only have breakfast in the morning? I think Sausages and Eggs qualify as a meal at any time of the day. We all loved it especially the meaty sausages with liberal doses of mustard!

I guess that's why All Day Breakfasts are so popular all over the world, any time of the day!


glamah16 said...

I love the concept of all day Breafasts. Sometimes at lunch thats all I want, a good omlette or such.

giz said...

I love breakfast food - all day - any day. The best .. very best ever was at 3 a.m. in Las Vegas - the most incredible pancakes EVER!!!

Cynthia said...

I don't mind all-day breafast but there must be a wide variety.

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

I'm not partial to sausage, but I love some eggs. Your plae looks like something at my house. Yum Yum Yum. Breakfast is my favorite. With a biscuit, of course.

starlight said...

hey haven't you posted this up somewhere else before? the whole thing sounds very familiar. but i loved reading it all over again, as i adore breakfasts like that! my spot used to be la bodega, but for the quality has recently slipped a little.

DaviMack said...

Oh, my - and I've just cooked dinner! Yes - definitely - breakfast at any time is a fabulous thing!

Dhanggit said...

oh my goodness this breakfast is all i need to put me in the track!! can i have some please...

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Now that's a rule I can follow: breakfast ALL day!! I really do love breakfast and don't think it's a time of day. This looks really grand!


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