Sunday, 14 April 2013

Mary Boleyn's Breakfast

I'm dipping into this book at the moment to find out a little more about Mary Boleyn. I have to say I'm not finding it thrilling or even informative, in fact I'm finding it a bit of a let down. There are lots of paragraphs that start 'Mary Boleyn probably ....... Mary Boleyn might have...... We don't know but it is likely Mary Boleyn .....

Still I did read one thing last night that was QI. "Breakfast in those days was served early, at six or seven o'clock, and consisted of meat or pottage (broth), bread and ale. Dinner-the main meal of the day was usually eaten late in the morning, and the Boleyns might well have followed the fashion to remain at table until two or three in the afternoon. Supper, a lighter repast, was at five or six o'clock".
So pretty much scoffing all day, just how Mr S&P likes it, he would have made a great Tudor.

The Lady magazine recently featured 'The Joy of Breakfast' which explored the extraordinary breakfasts that helped make history.

I'm not sure how the enormous breakfast that Elvis used to eat shaped history but it certainly shaped him.

Six large eggs cooked in butter and salt, one pound of bacon, half a pound of sausages, and peanut butter and banana sandwiches, the latter presumably being 'his pudding'.

Churchill, good ole boy, enjoyed a staggeringly alcoholic breakfast. A bottle of Pol Roger before settling down to a brace of cold snipe and a pint of port. Can this be true I wonder?
Famously and often quoted he said "My wife and I tried two or three times in the last 40 years to have breakfast together. It was so disagreeable we had to stop". Perhaps she was nagging him about his booze intake? I can't think cold snipe was the culprit.

The prize for the most bonkers start to the day goes to Hunter S Thompson.
He had strict ideas about what to eat in the morning 'whether or not I have been to bed'. He recommended four bloody Mary's to start with, followed by two grapefruits, a pot of coffee, Rangoon crepes (whatever they are), a half pound of corned beef hash with diced chillies, a Spanish omelette, a quart of milk, a chopped lemon, a slice of key lime pie, two margaritas and six lines of the best cocaine.
Fortunately he liked to breakfast alone, as he also favoured eating al fresco and in the nude.

1 comment:

  1. How on earth did Hunter stay looking so cool for so long?