Snapshots from England: Breakfast Edition

10 Jul
by Francine

When I was in elementary school, we lived on an Iowa farm (it was a research farm run by Iowa State so it was a big farm with lots and lots of cows). 

In front of our house there was a large feed lot that was often full of cattle.  In the fall when the calves were weened it was very noisy!  BUT the best part of having cows in your front yard…cow friends. 

I would go near the fence and hang out with some of the cows, stroking their soft noses and watching them munch on silage.  Most of the cows were black and dark brown, but there was one that was a pale brown and had a dark nose. It was my favorite.

Around that same time I came upon a framed print of a Jersey cow and I was super excited. “Yes! This is my favorite kind of cow,” I remember proclaiming. Since there weren’t any Jersey or dairy cows on our farm (ours were beef cattle), I was left to admire the ones that were fawn colored and dream of pretty Jersey cow friends.  (The print I discovered as a cow-loving child looked similar to this.)A photo of Jersey milkWell you can imagine my delight when I arrived in England and discovered that you can buy the milk of Jersey cows from the supermarket!  (You can also buy Channel Island milk which is a blend of Jersey and Guernsey milk.) We recently got some and discovered that it makes the best lattes!  It’s 5% fat so it’s extra creamy.  And of course, I don’t mind seeing my lovely Jersey cow friend on the label. :)

On Sunday morning we also had some fresh eggs from Sondes Place Farm.  The eggs are from different breeds of chickens, which is why contents of the egg carton resemble a rainbow and the yolks were deliciously golden.A photo of the eggs

We also made some bacon.  The brand I prefer to buy from the supermarket is called Spoilt Pig.

A photo of the yolks

Another breakfast treat was some leftover treacle tart, I’d gotten Saturday afternoon at this cafe

“What is treacle tart?” you might ask (I asked the same thing).  The answer is sweet, slightly lemony with just a touch of shortbread crust.

A photo of our breakfastIt’s fun to have a leisurely breakfast on the weekend.  Do you have any weekend breakfast traditions?

Also, do you want to see the absolute cutest little lamb?  I saw this little guy when I was looking up the farm from where our eggs came from.  He has one black leg and pink-est ears ever!  Can I get an awwww….?!

PS. I feel the need to disclose my general ignorance about cattle.  I don’t know much about them except that I enjoyed having them around as a child.  If you are cattle farmer and reading this post, I apologise for my probably improper use of the words ‘cows’ and ‘cattle,’ I know there’s a difference, but that’s all I know. ;)

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3 Responses to “Snapshots from England: Breakfast Edition”

  1. Rachel@hammeringourwayhome July 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    You’re sort of blowing my mind with this cattlespeak. I don’t know anything about meats, really. There was an earlier post where I mentioned this before- but I’d love to hear your guys advice/insight on buying meats. I just assume local/hormone-free/no-antibiotic is best, but its expensive and not always practical. I know organic meat tastes better, in that it seems to be way more tender/softer, but that’s about it. TEACH US! Oh, and basically anytime you mention bacon, I drool a little. Ever since you shared that England has an AISLE OF BACON, I strongly feel the need to visit. Lastly, that lemon tart sounds delicious!

    • realocalcooking July 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      :) I too love the aisle of bacon!

      We actually asked if he’d be willing to share some cattle business insights and I think he is going to. We want to approach this topic with sensitivity because there are so many strong attitudes (how can you eat meat?!! to the meat industry is fine and it doesn’t need you hippies to try and change it.)

      Personally I prefer to eat meat that has had a good life, but you’re right sometimes this is expensive. Thankfully in England it is much much easier to find humanely raised meat. It’s expensive but it seems less expensive because everything’s expensive. I think humanely raised meat has shown up here due to consumer demand and supermarkets had to respond and figure out a way to support farmers. But these are just all my guesses based on what I’ve observed.

      Come to England Rach…we will wander the bacon aisles!!

      PS…I loved your post today! Yeah for moving in! I can’t believe that Drew…an outdoor shower! You’re a lucky lady!! <3

  2. estariol217 July 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Great post Francine! Makes me nostalgic for our childhood! I don’t remember specifically petting the cows, but I do remember how much I hated feeding them with the tractor. It was the only tractor job I didn’t like!

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