We started simple with a deconstructed sausage and egg McMuffin - now, come on, you know they're delicious really. Toasted English muffin topped with cheesy scrambled eggs and grilled sausages. V tasty. V high in points (obviously, points do not count on birthdays, but they do count on most other days of the year.) The key is to go for quality ingredients. If you don't have a good local butcher, Waitrose sausages emerged victorious in a recent supermarket taste test that I came across.
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No search for the perfect breakfast dish could ignore that brunch menu staple, Eggs Benedict. I cheated and bought a jar of Hollandaise rather than attempt to whip it up first thing (I am never at my best in the mornings). Now I love Eggs Benedict, but this is a dish that I would rather have cooked for me than produce it myself - it's a bit of a pain to try and juggle the grilling of the muffins and the poaching of the eggs all at the same time. This scored high on D's list, but I suggested that next time we divide and conquer - he will be in charge of the eggs and I'll assemble the toasted muffin and ham base for them.
You may have already seen my smoked salmon kedgeree post so you'll know that this was a great success. I loved it, and again has the advantage that much of it can be done the night before. Another serious contender - I thought it might edge it.
We discussed the possibility of a Full English - as with the Eggs Benedict, I tend to think this is one to have out rather than try and cook at home. D made himself a bacon, egg and black pudding bap while I was in London as a nod - good, he said, but not quite celebratory enough.
We also tried out a Welsh Rarebit for something a bit...left field. Or as left field as breakfast ever gets. I stuck pretty much to the Hairy Bikers' recipe, swapping Cheddar for Lancashire, and thought it was delicious but even I, devotee of melted cheese in all its forms, conceded that this was better as a supper than a breakfast. What a supper though - I need to get it on the meal planner soon.
And so to the final choice - which surprised me, although as D says he reserves the right to change it year on year. It turns out that the perfect birthday breakfast is....
...Pancakes with grilled bacon, maple syrup and chilli! This is an April Bloomfield recipe from her excellent book, "A Girl and Her Pig". It is kind of fusion cooking in the sense that the bacon and maple syrup combo, classic American diner food, is served with crepes rather than the more traditional buttermilk pancakes. Sterling stuff.
So go on, I'm intrigued - did we miss out on anything good? Does anyone else "do" birthday breakfasts? And having done them, am I the only person who promptly requires a digestive nap? Answers on a postcard please.