Full English breakfast
Here is a photo of the full English breakfast, with "chips" ("French fries," to you Americans). And here is another photo of a full English breakfast. And another. And another. And here is a stock photo of the full English breakfast elements. This photo shows the full English breakfast incorporating "black pudding" (which is, in American-speak, "blood sausage," and was a variation we somehow managed to avoid on our recent visit to the U.K.).
The elements we encountered were invariably:
"Bacon" (to us recognizable as "Canadian bacon," or "Virginia ham")
Sausages (reminding us of that "Fawlty Towers" sketch where the pompous physician insists, "I'm a doctor and I want my sausages!")
Two eggs (they look like "sunny-side up," but I think they are "poached")
"Grilled cherry tomatoes" (these "cherry tomatoes" were invariably golf-ball sized, not cherry sized)
Heinz baked beans (straight from the can--how odd!)
Sauted mushrooms (for breakfast?)
and sometimes, a frozen hash brown patty.
What makes this breakfast arrangement "English" I wonder? When we encountered scrambled eggs at a breakfast buffet, that was part of the "American" breakfast. Why? Who decides these things, and how do they become received ideas across the whole of the British isle?
Then, dangerously, we were served huge warm plates of freshly-cooked Full English Breakfast artfully prepared just for us. I tried to do it justice, beyond the point of pain. After that cautionary morning we knew to pace ourselves better, and gradually gravitated to Continental breakfasts (croissants, jam, juice and coffee) more in line with our stomach capacities.
Travel is broadening and so is the Full English Breakfast.