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If anyone knows about B&B, Karen does. Hopton House - a converted granary with three bedrooms - has a five-star grading (putting it in the top seven per cent of rated properties in the country) and a gold award (given by Visit Britain for added excellence)

The Guardian, January 2009

 

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The Perfect Full English Breakfast

Guests come to an English B&B and they expect a cooked breakfast. I offer freshly baked muffins, cereals, fruits, omelettes and lots of other choices but 95% of people still ask for something cooked. I give guests a choice as very people can manage the "Full English". If you're brave enough to give it a go - don't make plans for lunch - you may be hungry enough again by mid afternoon to fit in some afternoon tea.

Allow 30 minutes for preparation and cooking time.

Ingredients

  • 1 thick sausage ( from a good local butcher if at all possible )
  • 2 slices of dry cured back bacon ( ditto )
  • 1 or 2 eggs
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 large flat mushroom
  • White Bread
  • Baked Beans
  • Olive oil ( or bacon fat for the purists )
  • salt and pepper

I fry the sausages on a very low heat for about half an hour. If you have an Aga you can fry on the bottom of the oven floor. Use a small amount of oil in the frying pan. Keep an eye on them and turn regularly.

Line the grill pan with foil and put a plate in the oven to warm.

Slice the tomatoes and put them on the grill pan with a small amount of salt pepper and olive oil. Grill them for about 5 minutes.

Melt a small amount of butter and brush the mushroom all over. Add the mushroom and bacon to the grill pan. As soon as the bacon starts to curl, turn it over and grill until your desired level of crispiness in reached.

Heat the beans in pan.

At the point you turn the bacon, heat some oil on a medium heat in a large frying pan and add a slice of white bread ( the simmering plate on the AGA is perfect for this ). keep an eye on the bread and turn it occasionally.

Heat some oil in a small pan. When it started to shimmer add the egg. Using a large spoon baste the top of the egg with the oil to ensure all of the white is cooked.

Dish it all up, add tomato sauce if desired, enjoy then go for a long walk!