You can find them here: The English Restaurant.
While my boyfriend enjoyed a complete English Breakfast, I had cut into a wonderful and tasty Eggs Benedict. Though the origin is shady with four different versions of men and women claiming to have invented it, it is certain that while the breakfast dish fits perfectly with the heavy English Breakfast style, its popularity derives from North America.
Egg Benedict can be traced back to Isabella Beeton’s Household Management from 1861 which excludes most of the famous tales of how the recipe came about. In Elizabeth David’s French Provincial Cooking she describes the origin of Egg Benedict as French, claiming that it comes from a traditional French dish named œufs bénédictine, consisting of brandade (a puree of refreshed salt cod and potatoes), spread on triangles of fried bread. A poached egg is then set on top and napped with hollandaise (taken from History and Women). Seeing as how the French love their eggs on everything from Crêpes to Croque Madame, I have decided to go with the French origin.
No matter what, I love it and would wish that it was as popular back home as it is in the English speaking part of the world.
After breakfast we strolled through the Old Spitalfields Market. The Sunday Market is a bit of a mix of everything and full of young and upcoming designers though much of it is too homey and colourfully organic for my taste. But the place is beautiful and pleasant to walk through.
Brick Lane and the Sunday UpMarket
After walking our way towards Brick Lane, we ended up in what can only be described as an inter-cultural food heaven. The Sunday UpMarket is a must for anyone with taste buds. Stalls with street food from all places of the world are gathering crowds. Here you’ll find Bangladeshi, Ethiopian, Canadian, Ghanese, Chilenian, Korean and even a stand selling Lithuanian – which I avoided like the plague.
Five months in Lithuania has settled my fascination for potato dishes for years to come. It is so overwhelming that it is impossible to figure out where to begin, but since we just had a full English breakfast and Eggs Benedict we decided to cut through the crowds and return when we were hungry again.
Brick Lane is a charming alternative street full of vintage clothes shops and flea markets. There was so much to see that I wonder why we didn’t buy anything. We were so very close to buying a couple of grain sacks just for the heck of it. It is definitely a place I will return to and next time I might have a better overview of the place as it quickly becomes chaotic.
Where Brick Lane runs into Bethnal Green Road we had an afternoon cocktail at Casa Blue before returning to the Sunday UpMarket picking each our dish off the street food stalls.
While I began with some strange Korean sweets and topped it off with some Gnocchi Gorgonzola, my boyfriend decided to use all his money on Wendy’s cake shop – not that I complained.
We ended up taking bus 23 from Liverpool Street Station through the City of London, cutting in between Soho and Mayfair, before reaching Marble Arch and Speaker’s Corner and taking Edgware Road to our hotel on Praed Street.
It is one of those great bus routes for sightseeing, passing large parts of inner London, allowing great views of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus as well as Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner.