Burning Questions: Which ingredient would you leave out of a full English breakfast if you had to?

News Shopper: Which ingredient in a traditional English breakfast do you like the least? Which ingredient in a traditional English breakfast do you like the least?

IMAGINE a situation in which when ordering a full English breakfast you were forced to pick one ingredient to leave out – which one would you omit?

Could you accept a fry-up without the bacon? Would you be happy to go without the eggs? Would it still be worth eating minus the sausages, the beans, the bread, the tomatoes or the mushrooms?

Which component of a Full English would you least object to falling on the floor on the way to your table? And what element is your favourite and must never be left out under any circumstances?

Tell us your least and most favourite part of a fry-up in the comments below.

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8:55am Wed 15 Jan 14

caz b says...

Least - black pudding Best- bacon
Least - black pudding Best- bacon caz b

9:16am Wed 15 Jan 14

Barra boy says...

Beans id leave out unless they were 57 variety, bit trumpy otherwise the bacon in the pic looks a bit ropey so it would prob be the bacon
Beans id leave out unless they were 57 variety, bit trumpy otherwise the bacon in the pic looks a bit ropey so it would prob be the bacon Barra boy

9:23am Wed 15 Jan 14

MaraJade says...

I would omit Tomatoes and replace it with Black Pudding (provided it's not the cheaper stuff (Bury Black Pudding all the way)).
I would omit Tomatoes and replace it with Black Pudding (provided it's not the cheaper stuff (Bury Black Pudding all the way)). MaraJade

9:25am Wed 15 Jan 14

Barra boy says...

I tell ya what tho that pic dont half make me hungry!
I tell ya what tho that pic dont half make me hungry! Barra boy

9:39am Wed 15 Jan 14

fedup76 says...

Definitely leave out the baked beans & black pudding, and fried slice! Everything else is fine!
Definitely leave out the baked beans & black pudding, and fried slice! Everything else is fine! fedup76

10:09am Wed 15 Jan 14

the wall says...

Out - Mushrooms, tomato, fried slice.
In - White and/or Black pudding, fried egg 1, bacon 2, sausages 2, hash browns 2, Half tin of beans (Heinz).
Out - Mushrooms, tomato, fried slice. In - White and/or Black pudding, fried egg 1, bacon 2, sausages 2, hash browns 2, Half tin of beans (Heinz). the wall

10:25am Wed 15 Jan 14

josh browser says...

what a lovely thought a nice greasy fry up ! maybe replace the fried egg with scrambled egg!?
what a lovely thought a nice greasy fry up ! maybe replace the fried egg with scrambled egg!? josh browser

10:38am Wed 15 Jan 14

highway warrior says...

Leave out the Tomatoes and not fussed about the hash browns.
In - 2x eggs, slice of bread and butter, beans, sausage, 2x bacon, mushrooms, white pudding, black pudding, french fries and a nice glass of OJ or mug of tea.
Leave out the Tomatoes and not fussed about the hash browns. In - 2x eggs, slice of bread and butter, beans, sausage, 2x bacon, mushrooms, white pudding, black pudding, french fries and a nice glass of OJ or mug of tea. highway warrior

10:39am Wed 15 Jan 14

Hk says...

Probably wouldnt get rid of anything unless the black pudding was that solid lump that you sometimes get that isnt really cooked well and tastes like cardboard. Prefer white pudding but very rarely get that in this country.

Everything else would stay - mushrooms and eggs are my favourite part of a fry up.
Probably wouldnt get rid of anything unless the black pudding was that solid lump that you sometimes get that isnt really cooked well and tastes like cardboard. Prefer white pudding but very rarely get that in this country. Everything else would stay - mushrooms and eggs are my favourite part of a fry up. Hk

10:55am Wed 15 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Muck ! Now you know why you all waddle around with a lard arse and big old beer belly.

Me a nice bowl of fresh fruit and flask of coffee all eaten on the go ( M25 ) at just after 6 am. Back into the office now fresh coffee and a slice of whole meal toast or a blueberry bagel. That's why I'm 6ft 2in, around 225lbs + or - a tad with a 36 waist. OK I spoil me self with a few Guinness dahn the club some evenings.
Muck ! Now you know why you all waddle around with a lard arse and big old beer belly. Me a nice bowl of fresh fruit and flask of coffee all eaten on the go ( M25 ) at just after 6 am. Back into the office now fresh coffee and a slice of whole meal toast or a blueberry bagel. That's why I'm 6ft 2in, around 225lbs + or - a tad with a 36 waist. OK I spoil me self with a few Guinness dahn the club some evenings. Gypo.Joe

10:57am Wed 15 Jan 14

the wall says...

Hk wrote:
Probably wouldnt get rid of anything unless the black pudding was that solid lump that you sometimes get that isnt really cooked well and tastes like cardboard. Prefer white pudding but very rarely get that in this country.

Everything else would stay - mushrooms and eggs are my favourite part of a fry up.
Go up north for white pudding. Loads in North Wales.
[quote][p][bold]Hk[/bold] wrote: Probably wouldnt get rid of anything unless the black pudding was that solid lump that you sometimes get that isnt really cooked well and tastes like cardboard. Prefer white pudding but very rarely get that in this country. Everything else would stay - mushrooms and eggs are my favourite part of a fry up.[/p][/quote]Go up north for white pudding. Loads in North Wales. the wall

11:15am Wed 15 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Up North.....why would you ?

Strange people, strange habits, strange food. I'd sum it up North in one word,

CHEAP !
Up North.....why would you ? Strange people, strange habits, strange food. I'd sum it up North in one word, CHEAP ! Gypo.Joe

11:20am Wed 15 Jan 14

MaraJade says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Up North.....why would you ?

Strange people, strange habits, strange food. I'd sum it up North in one word,

CHEAP !
You've obviously never been there. Some of the nicest and down-to-earth people in the country!
BTW. There IS life outside the M25!!!
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Up North.....why would you ? Strange people, strange habits, strange food. I'd sum it up North in one word, CHEAP ![/p][/quote]You've obviously never been there. Some of the nicest and down-to-earth people in the country! BTW. There IS life outside the M25!!! MaraJade

11:20am Wed 15 Jan 14

highway warrior says...

bowl of fruit and a bagel - the breakfast of queens.......
bowl of fruit and a bagel - the breakfast of queens....... highway warrior

11:43am Wed 15 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

"There IS life outside the M25"

Yes I agree, once you leave by either Heathrow or Gatwick and head West or South.

"the breakfast of queens"....... you mean legends and champions.
"There IS life outside the M25" Yes I agree, once you leave by either Heathrow or Gatwick and head West or South. "the breakfast of queens"....... you mean legends and champions. Gypo.Joe

2:31pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Dr. Nick says...

Leave out = The greasy fat !

Add in = Some flavour

Enough said.
Leave out = The greasy fat ! Add in = Some flavour Enough said. Dr. Nick

2:36pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Hk says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Muck ! Now you know why you all waddle around with a lard arse and big old beer belly. Me a nice bowl of fresh fruit and flask of coffee all eaten on the go ( M25 ) at just after 6 am. Back into the office now fresh coffee and a slice of whole meal toast or a blueberry bagel. That's why I'm 6ft 2in, around 225lbs + or - a tad with a 36 waist. OK I spoil me self with a few Guinness dahn the club some evenings.
Yes you might end up a lard arse with a big belly if you ate this everyday but thats not normally the case with most people.

Im only a size 10-12 and fortunately havent got a big beer belly either!
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Muck ! Now you know why you all waddle around with a lard arse and big old beer belly. Me a nice bowl of fresh fruit and flask of coffee all eaten on the go ( M25 ) at just after 6 am. Back into the office now fresh coffee and a slice of whole meal toast or a blueberry bagel. That's why I'm 6ft 2in, around 225lbs + or - a tad with a 36 waist. OK I spoil me self with a few Guinness dahn the club some evenings.[/p][/quote]Yes you might end up a lard arse with a big belly if you ate this everyday but thats not normally the case with most people. Im only a size 10-12 and fortunately havent got a big beer belly either! Hk

3:03pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Hello_Mate says...

Leave out black pudding and/or hash brown. Can't do without fried mushrooms mmmmm
Leave out black pudding and/or hash brown. Can't do without fried mushrooms mmmmm Hello_Mate

3:04pm Wed 15 Jan 14

beck123 says...

Hash Browns they shouldn't be on a Full English.
Hash Browns they shouldn't be on a Full English. beck123

3:17pm Wed 15 Jan 14

the wall says...

Something I've not had in a long time.....bubble and squeak.
Something I've not had in a long time.....bubble and squeak. the wall

5:08pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ron.1952 says...

There's me feeling guilty if I have a tiny slice of bacon in a croissant. I did have a thing about a McMuffin when I had a Scottish BF a few years ago.
There's me feeling guilty if I have a tiny slice of bacon in a croissant. I did have a thing about a McMuffin when I had a Scottish BF a few years ago. ron.1952

6:13pm Wed 15 Jan 14

leefender says...

Not one person who doesn't like the black pudding has been accused of being a BNP sock puppet, very surprising to say the least.
Not one person who doesn't like the black pudding has been accused of being a BNP sock puppet, very surprising to say the least. leefender

6:41pm Wed 15 Jan 14

molsey says...

Hk wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
Muck ! Now you know why you all waddle around with a lard arse and big old beer belly. Me a nice bowl of fresh fruit and flask of coffee all eaten on the go ( M25 ) at just after 6 am. Back into the office now fresh coffee and a slice of whole meal toast or a blueberry bagel. That's why I'm 6ft 2in, around 225lbs + or - a tad with a 36 waist. OK I spoil me self with a few Guinness dahn the club some evenings.
Yes you might end up a lard arse with a big belly if you ate this everyday but thats not normally the case with most people.

Im only a size 10-12 and fortunately havent got a big beer belly either!
I take you are female?
[quote][p][bold]Hk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Muck ! Now you know why you all waddle around with a lard arse and big old beer belly. Me a nice bowl of fresh fruit and flask of coffee all eaten on the go ( M25 ) at just after 6 am. Back into the office now fresh coffee and a slice of whole meal toast or a blueberry bagel. That's why I'm 6ft 2in, around 225lbs + or - a tad with a 36 waist. OK I spoil me self with a few Guinness dahn the club some evenings.[/p][/quote]Yes you might end up a lard arse with a big belly if you ate this everyday but thats not normally the case with most people. Im only a size 10-12 and fortunately havent got a big beer belly either![/p][/quote]I take you are female? molsey

6:44pm Wed 15 Jan 14

molsey says...

beck123 wrote:
Hash Browns they shouldn't be on a Full English.
You are right, bubble and squeak's best.
[quote][p][bold]beck123[/bold] wrote: Hash Browns they shouldn't be on a Full English.[/p][/quote]You are right, bubble and squeak's best. molsey

7:43pm Wed 15 Jan 14

mouthalmighty says...

The thought of black pudding, it puts me of. As for hash browns, since when did they become part of english breakfast? Toast is the best.
The thought of black pudding, it puts me of. As for hash browns, since when did they become part of english breakfast? Toast is the best. mouthalmighty

11:12pm Wed 15 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

Can't afford a full English £8 in some hotels and hospitals.
Can't afford a full English £8 in some hotels and hospitals. white rabbit9

9:20am Thu 16 Jan 14

Bonita_1984 says...

Is leave the beans and black pudding out the rest is munch!!!! Starving already
Is leave the beans and black pudding out the rest is munch!!!! Starving already Bonita_1984

1:45pm Thu 16 Jan 14

beetawix says...

i would chuck it all out and get some porage on
i would chuck it all out and get some porage on beetawix

7:29pm Fri 17 Jan 14

mouthalmighty says...

What were we talking about again?
What were we talking about again? mouthalmighty

1:00pm Sat 18 Jan 14

veganpanda says...

I'd leave out ALL the animal flesh and other products from them and have a yummy vegan breakfast; Scrambled toful, bubble & squeak, loads of mushrooms, vegan sausages with baked beans & onions, all followed by a glass of cranberry or blueberry juice :)

I KNOW all the meat heads on here will attack my choices not to fill my arteries with globuals of animal fat, but I'm happy to now be 15 years free of ALL ilnesses, not even regitered with a doctor anymore, plus I eat delicious vegan animal free foods - win win
I'd leave out ALL the animal flesh and other products from them and have a yummy vegan breakfast; Scrambled toful, bubble & squeak, loads of mushrooms, vegan sausages with baked beans & onions, all followed by a glass of cranberry or blueberry juice :) I KNOW all the meat heads on here will attack my choices not to fill my arteries with globuals of animal fat, but I'm happy to now be 15 years free of ALL ilnesses, not even regitered with a doctor anymore, plus I eat delicious vegan animal free foods - win win veganpanda

5:47pm Sat 18 Jan 14

o1990o says...

Would omit Tomatoes or Potatoes.
Would omit Tomatoes or Potatoes. o1990o

11:24am Sun 19 Jan 14

Indigenous UK Pensioner. says...

arfter a sckinfull last nite I alweys has a bombay oyster or too, get it dahn ya matey. Lully, then owt fer a hair of the dog sunday arternoon.
arfter a sckinfull last nite I alweys has a bombay oyster or too, get it dahn ya matey. Lully, then owt fer a hair of the dog sunday arternoon. Indigenous UK Pensioner.

10:10am Mon 20 Jan 14

highway warrior says...

veganpanda - sure the concept of vege sausages is ridiculous; lets take something that is made from animals, copy it so it looks the same but use only vege ingredients. It's like saying I'm vege but i don't want anyone to see it...
veganpanda - sure the concept of vege sausages is ridiculous; lets take something that is made from animals, copy it so it looks the same but use only vege ingredients. It's like saying I'm vege but i don't want anyone to see it... highway warrior

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