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Breakfast – our finest hour

Breakfast, best meal of the day. Napoleon Bonaparte, Jane Austen, Sir Winston Churchill have amazing breakfast history. Beethoven was particularly fussy about his morning coffee, counting precisely 60 beans for each cup. We all have our needs, loves and hates … perhaps you will your new favourite way of breaking fast here.


Breakfast Habits


Toasted muffin, bacon, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce – every one’s a classic.

Beethoven was particularly fussy about his morning coffee, counting out precisely 60 beans for each cup.Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony was critical in the victory of the Allies in World War II.

The familiar first four notes convert to Dot Dot Dot Dash in Morse code – the letter “V” for Victory which Winston Churchill urged citizens sign with fingers raised.

For Jane Austen, arranging the family breakfast was her primary piece of housework at home with her mother and sister, Cassandra. Perhaps whilst creating Mr Darcy, this meal usually consisted of sweet pound cake, toast, and tea. A far cry from the later Full English Breakfast, which includes bacon, fried egg, sausage, mushrooms, baked beans, fried bread, grilled tomatoes, and accompanied with tea or coffee.Classically French – the Croque Madame. Madame, including the egg; Monsieur, without. Click the image or HERE for Chef’s Recipe.

Napoleon Bonaparte’s Breakfast: Breakfasts at Fontainebleu consisted of boiled or poached eggs, chicken dressed with oil and onions, and lentils or beans. He finished his repast with a strong cup of coffee.

Light & Healthy – Scrambled eggs & smashed avocado on toasted ciabatta … so unlike Winston’s.

Sir Winston Churchill’s Breakfast: Certainly NOT Light & Healthy – his breakfast would be consumed in bed, consisting of sausages and bacon, eggs and toast, orange juice and coffee. He’d also often have a whiskey soda or a glass of hock.After this rich, filling and tippling meal, he’d have his first cigar of the day.


Breakfast Quickies


Bacon can be crispy, sausages wonderfully juicy, the Air Fryer just seems to know what’s best for brekky.

Your Breakfast Treat of the Week.

Just click on the images below to be taken to its recipe – many with videos for tasty entertainment:The Poshest Beans on Toast – you really have to try this one – the yummiest beans you’ll ever taste!Crumpet Turnovers – combining sweet and savoury flavours in a clever crumpet wrap.Hunter’s Sausage – a breakfast take on Hunter’s Chicken. If you like that, you’ll love this with its melting cheese, sausage and BBQ flavours – what a way to start the day … whatever time it is!

D-Day 80 Remembered


Remembering D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

Europe was in dire straits, its Allied Forces exhausted at the relentless onslaught of the Nazi forces. Lifted from the beaches of Dunkirk, nursed and nourished, strength had to be found again to regroup – if we were to avoid the unthinkable.Back home in Blighty, civilians, young and old were doing there bit, encouraged by campaigns such as Potato Pete, Dig for Victory, and Make do and Mend.Potato Pete made heroes of us all, growing, digging and turning the humble spud into all manner of nourishing food.

Our friend, Janice Pattie introduced us to a wonderful modern twist on a Wartime classic, the Woolton Pie.In her own words: ‘The Woolton Pizza Pie (above) is my updated version of the famous wartime rationing recipes – Woolton Pie, a vegetable pie named after Lord Woolton, Minister of Food, 1940.’ Details and Recipe HERE.

D-Day, and the Battle of Normandy

The D-Day operation of June 6, 1944, brought together the land, air, and sea forces of the allied armies in what became known as the largest amphibious invasion in military history.

The operation, given the codename OVERLORD, delivered five naval assault divisions to the beaches of Normandy, code-named by names they’re still known by today: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword

They say an army marches on its stomach – we look at the D-Day Assault Ration Pack:

A D-Day “Assault Ration Pack” believed to be the last of its kind was recently discovered in Dorset, England – featuring tea and biscuits.This “Assault Ration Pack” was distributed to British and Commonwealth troops specifically for D-Day.

Its wax cardboard exterior was designed to withstand the elements, and its small size made it easy to transport in a mess tin. Its culinary contents were designed to give each soldier 4,000 calories of fighting fuel.Tea was not only a source of refreshment but also an integral morale boost to British troops, such as these men working to repair landing craft used to supply the Normandy front in July 1944. (Imperial War Museum).

The Assault Ration Pack:

  • 10 biscuits
  • Two blocks of oatmeal
  • Blocks of tea, sugar and milk, with four additional sugar tablets
  • One block of meat and meat extract tablets
  • Three slabs of chocolate, two with raisins and one without
  • Boiled sweets
  • Two packs of chewing gum
  • Four pieces of toilet paper

With this, a pat on the back and rousing hip, hooray – off they went.Remember Them

Only Joking


No Choking  …  We’re Only Joking


My wife and I tried two or three times in the last 40 years to have breakfast together, but it was so disagreeable we had to stop.”  Winston Churchill.

If I choose to make you breakfast in bed, a simple ‘Thank you’ is all I need – not all this ‘How did you get into my house? What are you doing in my bedroom? I’ll scream’ – nonsense!!!

The DI looked frustrated at the fresh crime scene. “This the 6th body found in this hotel in as many months young Baines, and each killed between 08.00 and 10.00 in the morning”. “Do you think we’re looking for a cereal killer Sir?” Said Baines.

Q: Why do the French just have one egg for breakfast? A: Because one egg is an ouef.

A bacon and egg walk into a bar. “Get out of here”, the bartender shouted, “we don’t serve breakfast”.


Be back soon !