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“To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day,” said the writer William Somerset Maugham. And while that may no longer be true of British cuisine, I would certainly eat the Full English any time of day! The black pudding may be disputed, or the type of pork sausage to be used, but no-one leaves the mushrooms off the Full English breakfast. According to the English breakfast society ( – yes, such a thing does exist! – “the Full English breakfast is a substantial meal consisting of back bacon, eggs, British sausage, beans, tomato, mushrooms, black pudding and toast. These ingredients may vary depending on the specific region of the British Isles you happen to be in and a subject that is still open to (sometimes quite fierce) debate.” So there you have it! Can’t be more definitive – mushrooms are in! Of course there are several ways to cook the fresh buttons or portobellos for your fry-up. If you’re not watching your weight, cholesterol or whatever, right in the bacon fat is the obvious choice. If you are on the straight and narrow, try Jamie Oliver’s version of the Full English for loads of flavour without the fuss and fat