I know I go on a bit about 'breakfast', but it's the only meal of the day that I get to eat alone, and it gives me time to contemplate. I'm now sitting down to the above (No 1 on my list) and, whilst I think about it, writing down a further nine favourites.
I feel so sorry for children these days, who are presented at breakfast with a multi-coloured cardboard box filled with some ghastly industrially made, sugar coated, Disney endorsed, airy fairy nonsense. Imagine being faced with that rubbish each morning before being sent off to school.
Any of the below are far preferable.
1: Toast and Marmalade (it doesn't have to be Fortnum's)
2: Soft boiled eggs (preferably served in a pleasant antique egg cup)
4: Fried egg and bacon
5: Nairn's Oatcakes with Stilton (other blue cheeses, and other oatcakes are available)
7: Last night's curry, reheated
8: Fried haggis (Grant's, tinned)
9: Fried Tomatoes on toast (when in season; the Tomatoes, not the toast)
10: Patum Peperium on lightly toasted sourdough (possibly Lord Snooty's favourite).
Nothing that requires any Michelin stars to prepare, not a Disney character to be seen, and all designed to set you up for the day ahead (or at least until lunchtime).
Bread appears in 7 out of 10 of my breakfasts; my own preference is for a good sourdough, but any non-industrial bread would do.
I have purposely omitted beans on toast, sausages, and black pudding; I'm saving them for another occasion.