An English Second Breakfast

Today – September 21st, 2012 – marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, prequel to his Lord of the Rings trilogy. In case you haven’t noticed, these books have been getting increased world-wide attention in recent years because of the Lord of the Rings movies, and the upcoming definitely-going-to-be-amazing trilogy of films of The Hobbit. In honor of the book’s publication, the official fan club has organized a world-wide second breakfast (one of several meals that hobbits eat throughout the day) at 11 a.m. sharp. We decided to celebrate our first breakfast by making a traditional English breakfast together as a family.

We replicated the ingredients as best as we could: baked beans, mushrooms, fried eggs, English sausage, grilled tomatoes, and toast. It’s a delicious, calorie-packed breakfast.

We purchased the eggs, beans, and mushrooms from the store. The tomatoes came from our garden – we grilled them face-down on our George Foreman grill, with mixed results. The English sausage we found at a butcher’s shop in western Pennsylvania. It’s not truly authentic, as it’s not imported from the UK, but it’s made in a similar style. We didn’t have any back bacon (bacon cut from the back of the pig, as opposed to the belly), but we did cook the eggs in the sausage drippings. We served the toast in a caddy that we bought on Portobello Road years ago! If you’re not used to making a full prepared breakfast, this one takes a little longer, but it’s well worth it.

In a little under an hour, I’ll be eating second breakfast in honor of the book, using some of the leftovers from this morning. What about you?

And if you want to take your celebration a step further, don’t forget that tomorrow – September 22nd – is Bilbo and Frodo Baggins’ birthday in the books. So maybe another English breakfast is in order?

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