Saturday, April 20, 2013

Full British Brekkie

Some people HATE tomato beans (or baked beans, as they call it here in the U.S.), especially when they think about putting it on buttered toast, but~ I always say, hate AFTER you've tried it.

I don't remember when I became an anglophile, I think it began way back when my sister and I started listening to the Spice Girls (yes, a mildly embarassing adolescent memory, but still).  I became infatuated with the accents, then moved on to the culture, literature, etc.  So when friends introduced me to the food, I was elated.  I was warned, however, that British food is traditionally very bland and boring.
Well, I am happy to report that I love traditional British food: Cornish Pasties, Yorkshire Pudding, traditional sunday roasts with parsnip bakes, banoffee pie, Custard, really good British Tea (which really isn't British), and the full English breakfast.
Traditionally the English breakfast consists of bangers (sausages), bacon (British bacon is more like Canadian bacon, less fatty and meatier, cut thick and not smoke cured I found), eggs, grilled/pan fried tomatoes and mushrooms, beans, and either potatoes and/or toast.  It really is a FULL breakfast.  Sometimes it includes blood pudding, if you like that or not.
As a vegan, I have definitely missed this meaty breakfast, so I've adapted it (as many other vegans have done before me) to fit my dietary needs.  Feel free to mix and match, but this is how I've done it today.

Toast (gluten free bread/biscuit if you are allergic)
Earth Balance "butter"
baked beans
tempeh sausage crumbles (or any quick breakfast meat to your liking)
tofu scramble (optional, to replace eggs)
tomatoes, quartered and grilled quickly, just until tomato is heated through and golden on each side

Homemade Tomato Beans
(adapted from Tammy Credicott)

*I like saucy beans, so that's how I've adapted this recipe.  If you don't like that much, halve the recipe after the onions.
2 cans of white, pinto or kidney beans (I sometimes use up whatever beans I have on hand), 1 can drained only
1/2 onion, diced small
2/3 c ketchup
4 Tbsp soy sauce OR tamari OR Bragg's Liquid Aminos
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp blackstrap molasses (if you don't like molasses, just substitute for maple syrup)
4 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1-2 tsp chili powder (optional, I didn't use any)
salt and pepper to taste

1.  sautee onions in a pot with some oil on medium heat until transluscent.
2.  add all ingredients in and bring to a simmer, then simmer for 10-20 minutes.

When everything is fried up and ready to be consumed, you toast your bread, butter it, then smother it over with the beans.  mmm~ yummy goodness!

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