How to Make Breakfast – The Victorian Way

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Mrs Crocombe is busy making breakfast for Lord and Lady Braybrooke in the kitchens of Audley End House and Gardens.

This recipe is perfect for using up leftover fish and rice. It originated in India as khichri, a dish made using lentils, rice, onions and spices.

As the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the British Empire, the culture of the subcontinent influenced language, fashion and food in England in the 19th century. But Indian ingredients and techniques were difficult to come by in England, so dishes were adapted to suit English tastes and ingredients. Khichri became kedgeree.

200g cooked rice
200g unsmoked fish
50g unsalted butter
½-1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp coarse grain salt
2 eggs

A little cream
Pickled or hard-boiled quail’s eggs
Parsley and Brown shrimp for garnishing

Poach your fish in a mixture of half water and half milk. You’ll know that the fish is ready when the flesh becomes opaque – around seven minutes depending on the type of fish you’ve used.

Break up the poached fish into large flakes with a fork
Lightly whisk your eggs and prepare your garnishes. Slice the hard boiled quail’s eggs in half, and finely chop the parsley.

Heat the butter in a frying pan on a medium heat until it foams and just starts to brown. Add the rice and stir well to coat it in butter.

Fry it over a high heat to ensure it is piping hot throughout
Turn the heat down slightly and add the flaked fish, salt and cayenne pepper. Stir more gently now, turning the fish so that it does not break up too much.

When everything is heated thoroughly, turn the temperature right down, and add the egg mixture. Turn very gently, just enough to mix the eggs in, and before they are solid, remove the pan from the heat. The eggs should still be slightly runny, as they would be on a good omelette.

Stir in the cream to stop the kedgeree overcooking, then transfer onto a serving dish.

Garnish the kedgeree. Arrange the quail’s egg halves around the dish and add the chopped parsley for a touch of colour. Serve immediately, while the kedgeree is still hot.

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dee! says:

Fried rice for breakfast, huh. How Indonesian of you. 😀

Rully Pratama says:

Looks like egg fried rice to me

P B says:

does this kedgeree look familiar to any south asians? i'm bangladeshi and it doesn't look anything like khichuri we eat at home

Alexandru-Cristian Barbu says:

is it only me that thinks of egg fried rice?

Iam Drew says:

So fried rice..

Turismo Histórico Carioquês -Amanda Andermann says:

This and the "full english" makes me wonder if the British aren't confusing Breakfast and lunch. Fish and rice to me is LUNCH, not Breakfast

Mikey D says:

Stir fry up in this boo!!

Vipul Shrivastava says:

angrejee chachi

Yukta `K says:

Why does she keep raising her eyebrows ? Is that an English thing ?

Miss Priss says:

That looks SO delicious!!!

Daiana Pereira says:

In Brazil, this food is lunch.

Alex Martin says:

Love from New Delhi

The Art of Steve says:


Karen Harlow says:

I love these videos

Labroidas says:

Very interesting, it appears breakfast in victorian times was more centered around fish and seafood, whereas now it's more centered around porc (sausage, black pudding, bacon etc)

Samantha Soo says:

Isn't this fried rice??

Daratu Ranjani says:

In Indonesia we call " nasi goreng "

Wildflower says:

I’m going to have to respectfully disagree and say that smoked fish is great in the morning

Ducky Tree says:

So this is like the og english fried rice? wonder what uncle roger has to say about that

Xuân Nguyễn says:

Me: So it's basically a English version of egg fried rice dish right?
Uncle Roger: Wait…

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