Full English Breakfast from Awesome on 20

Full English Breakfast

Full English Breakfast from Awesome on 20

I’ve lived with an Englishman for three years and there are still so many things about their culture that blow my mind. Did you know you have to have a permit to climb a ladder at work? Did you know they don’t have a constitution? Did you know it’s still legal to kill certain people with a long bow at certain times of day in certain places? What?

And I don’t think I’ll ever truly be able to fully appreciate the concept of the full English breakfast. I’m an American. I like carbs and sugar for breakfast. Pancakes? French toast? Waffles? Yes, yes and yes some more. But my husband will take any opportunity to gorge himself on this uniquely British breakfast extravaganza.

Full English Breakfast from Awesome on 20

At our house, a full English breakfast consists of bacon, sausages, a fried egg, a hashbrown, Heinz baked beans, toast, fried bread, and a cup of hot tea with milk. Even when I ask for a small plate, I can almost never manage the whole thing. It’s all good, but that’s a lot of savoury all in one place, and it just overwhelms me. My husband, on the other hand, is practically licking his plate. How do they do this on a regular basis? I don’t understand.

A full English breakfast served in actual England can have a variety of other components, including fried mushrooms, fried tomato, and black pudding. We don’t care for the first two, and black pudding is not so easy to come by in Hawaii. I’ve tried it before, though. It’s fine. Not great, but not bad either.

Full English Breakfast from Awesome on 20

If you are looking for an English experience, I suggest you fast for a few days, and then treat yourself to a full English breakfast. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

Full English Breakfast
Serves 2
An overflowing plate of savoury breakfast foods including bacon, sausages, hashbrowns, eggs, beans, fried bread, and toast. And don't forget the cup of tea.
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Total Time
40 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 sausages
  2. 4 slices of bacon
  3. 4 slices of bread
  4. 2 rectangular hash browns
  5. 1 can of Heinz baked beans
  6. 2 eggs
  7. butter
Instructions
  1. Place a large frying pan over medium heat and drizzle with a tablespoon of oil.
  2. Prick the skin of your sausages with a fork, then add them to your pan. Cook the sausages, turning occasionally until brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove sausages from pan.
  3. In a medium sauce pan over low heat, add your beans and stir occasionally until heated through.
  4. To the frying pan, add your bacon and cook to desired level of crispiness. Remove bacon from the pan.
  5. While the bacon is cooking start toasting your bread.
  6. Add two slices of toast to the frying pan. Add the hash browns at the same time. Cook the toast about a minute on each side until evenly browned. Turn hash browns after a three to five minutes and cook until browned. You may need to add more oil at this point. Remove hash browns from the pan.
  7. Crack one egg at a time into your frying pan, cooking them by splashing the fat in your pan over the egg. Cook to desired level. Remove to plate.
  8. Each plate gets a slice of fried bread, a slice of buttered toast, two sausages, two slices of bacon, a hash brown, and an egg, and a massive pile of beans.
  9. Don't forget the tea.
Notes
  1. Okay, this is not really a recipe so much as a list of things that go on a plate and a strategy for cooking them. Obviously, this is just one way to do it. Go nuts!
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Cheater Shortbread from Awesome on 20
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Cheater Shortbread

Cheater Shortbread from Awesome on 20

I am such a cheater. A lazy, worthless, no good cheater. I mean, that’s one way to look at it. On the other hand, I could be a totally frugal time-saving genius. It could really go either way.

You see, we had to meet strangers, which I, as an awkward introvert, find slightly terrifying. Geoff had some distant cousins, his mother’s cousin and her family I think, who were visiting our island. We went to meet them for an afternoon, and Geoff wanted me to make something to take to them. This happened to coincide with a moment when I had precisely zero spending money. I had to make something simple and beautiful without going to the store and buying any new ingredients.

Cheater Shortbread from Awesome on 20

That’s when I found the easiest shortbread recipe ever! And guess what? It was awesome!!! And so easy. No special ingredients required. The Scottish shortbread I made a few months ago is probably much more authentic, but this cheater version still tastes great, and comes together with much less fussing. This would also make a great base for lilikoi bars or cheesecake bars.

I love the sweet simplicity of buttery shortbread. It’s just so purely awesome. They’re the perfect accompaniment to a brew, which I’ve learned can mean either tea or coffee. I think it’s instant coffee, though. I’ll be having tea, please. Milk. Two sugars. There are still so many things I don’t understand about the English.

Cheater Shortbread from Awesome on 20

 Maybe I should have made something more impressive for long lost relatives from England/Louisiana, but like I always say, you have to work with what you got. A little pink paper makes anything seem a bit more fancy. I hope they enjoyed them. I secretly wished I could keep them all to myself.

Cheater Shortbread
Serves 18
Buttery, beautiful, and oh so simple shortbread cookies
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temp
  2. 1/3 cup sugar
  3. 1-1/4 cup flour
  4. Pinch of salt
  5. Powdered sugar, for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. With a mixer on medium speed, cream butter and sugar together for about three minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Turn mixer down to low and mix in flour and salt until just combined.
  4. Press dough evenly into an 8x8 baking pan.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. Cool shortbread in pan, dust with powdered sugar, cut into squares, and put into a cute box.
  7. Make tea and try not to eat all the cookies.
Adapted from 1001 Fast & Easy Recipes
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Hometown Tourist

palm trees

It’s your day off, and you’re desperate to leave your house, but you only have $7 to spend between two people. What’s to be done? Emily and I faced this dilemma one day, and we decided to become hometown tourists. 

We walked into Waikiki with our swimsuits, our towels, our cameras, and our $7. We had a great time pretending to be fancy tourists without actually spending that much money. We even put on cute outfits and lip gloss. You have to look the part.

em and flowers

After a swim in the Pacific, we got lunch, hot dogs and a can of iced tea at the ABC store. Two people, five dollars. Perhaps not the most nutritious or delicious, but we weren’t hungry. Then we set off to explore. 

All the hotels in Waikiki have open lobbies with shops and exhibits, so it’s almost like going to a museum for free. There are even some animal attractions if you know where to look. 

sky

I had a lovely day following my daughter around as she took a hundred photos of every little thing in Waikiki. She was having a blast trying to get the coolest shots of flowers and art work and signage. 

yellow hibiscus

The great thing about being a hometown tourist is that you don’t have to live in a touristy area like Honolulu to do it. Pick up your camera, and see your own hometown in a totally new way. You’ll see things you never noticed before. And you don’t have to spend a dime.

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