Back For A Fry-Up

My post of 10th September tells, with photographs, of the help given to us in adversity by Gary Of Romsey Burger Bar.

We set out this morning to return to the scene of our breakdown and to

sample the promising fry-ups on offer. The larger plateful consists of my 13 items builder’s breakfast; the smaller Jackie’s 6 items version. The container between our meals bears our portions of fried bread. Hot drinks were to follow. We both chose mugs of excellent tea. We knew that this would be worth the trip, but we could not have expected the top quality ingredients cooked to perfection. Beneath the sunny smile of the two lushly laden, firm fried eggs on my plate lurked a large halved grilled tomato similar to that on Jackie’s, two slices of meaty black pudding, more mushrooms than can be seen peeking out, and a heap of chips, added at my request as an alternative to two hash browns, which Marie, on duty today, had started so she finished cooking for me; our sausages, sliced lengthways, were well flavoured with herbs; the bacon slices were large and lean, and the baked beans a glistening golden brown. It was an impressive balancing act to stack all this on one standard plate.

We were well compensated for Gary’s absence today by the presence of his lovely wife, Marie, who would only accept payment for the smaller, less expensive, spread.

Tonight’s dinner was leftovers from yesterday’s curry with added samosas, sag paneer and buttered chicken. It should not surprise readers that a small portion of naga chilli chicken and vegetable rice sufficed for me. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Chevalier De Fauvert Comté Tolosan Rouge 2019.Flo and Dillon abstained.

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

61 thoughts on “Back For A Fry-Up

  1. Oh my gosh, your breakfast looks so delicious, Derrick! I could clean that plate completely. This must be an English dish but still very American to me. Yum! 😂

  2. Wowza! After seeing these photos and reading your descriptions, I now feel full and content! 🙂
    (I won’t need to eat my evening meal!) 😉
    What hearty food! And Marie is beautiful and kind! ❤️ 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  3. There’s something extra special about having breakfast outdoors on a lovely fall day, when even the eggs have a sunny smile. 🙂 I remember how kind Gary was on that day, and it seems Marie is equally so.

  4. Now I can add two more phrases to my British lexicon: ‘fry up’ and ‘black pudding.’ A breakfast like that is substantial, to say the least. That it was well-prepared and tasty certainly was a bonus.

  5. What a great post! THanks for referencing the original post – I had missed that part of the story. I LOVE that you guys went back to see the people who had been so kind on your hard day.

    And to hear the the food was fabulous and Marie was a doll, well that’s a great story.
    THose breakfasts look amazing.

  6. I agree with doesitevenmatter3…. After seeing those meals (and especially yours) I am too full to eat my next meal! Wow! What a spread!! And yes, a perfect example of an act of kindness. God bless Marie!

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