Big breakfast - it's the most important meal of the day. but how do you eat yours?

PUBLISHED: 10:26 09 March 2012 | UPDATED: 12:09 28 February 2013

Big breakfast - it's the most important meal of the day. but how do you eat yours?

Big breakfast - it's the most important meal of the day. but how do you eat yours?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But is the traditional full English a thing of the past? Sue Campbell investigates

No matter how late I got up, my mother used never to let me out of the house in the morning without a decent breakfast inside me. She always said it was the most important meal, the one that set you up for the rest of the day.

She was right of course as she was about many things - and I found myself repeating her mantra as my own children grew. But the shape of breakfasts has changed. Fewer people have time to cook the full English and cereal and toast is probably the quickfix breakfast of the times. And many people don't bother with breakfast at all, preferring an extra five minutes in bed.

But what if you had the time to make what you wished - the one you chose at a hotel, or on a lazy Sunday morning. What would come out on top of the list?

A local food project - Love Food, which supports the production, promotion, use and appreciation of locally grown or reared food in Teesdale, Weardale, the Allen Valleys and Derwentside recently askedpeople to vote for their breakfast favourites as part of Farmhouse Breakfast Week.

And the winner? A plate of scrambled eggs. In a region-wide vote, and after hundreds of votes, it beat the traditional 'full English' into second place, with bacon sandwiches coming a close third.

The choices, which were promoted through Twitter and Facebook, were: full English, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, porridge, continental, toast and jam/marmalade, cereals, bacon sandwich, fruit, kippers and pancakes or waffles.

Love Food director Hazel Coppack said: 'Although it was a bit of fun, it was a little surprising to see the traditional bacon and egg breakfast outstripped by the simple scramble.

'Part of what we wanted to do was raise people's awareness and promote the fantastic local breakfast ingredients you can get in the region, and to make folk think local when they are buying.'

How do you like yours?

How do you like your eggs in the morning? Making boiled egg and soldiers is Si King's earliest memory of cooking but there are plenty of other ways to cook your breakfast egg.

And whether you like them fried, poached, boiled, baked or scrambled, eggs aren't just versatile, they're good for you too.

One egg has 13 vitamins and minerals, lots of protein, unsaturated fats and antioxidants,and only 70 calories.

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