English Beans on Toast


I always look forward to the international aisle at Meijer. How different my life would be without having ever tried Weetabix, Bonne Maman Fig Preserves, or known of the existence of this German mustard.

I’m a big believer in trying new things. There so many types of food out there, who knows what we’re all missing! Marmite, for example… Marmite is similar to Vegemite, a very popular thing to eat in Australia. I won’t talk about Marmite too much in this post because I will be blogging about it later this week. (Look out for that!) I’ll just say that I have not yet discovered HOW to like Marmite. That may sound like a weird sentence, but if you’ve ever tasted, or smelled Marmite, you understand.

I love British things especially, and I’ve always wanted to try “authentic” beans on toast, a breakfast or snack food in England. So I bought Heinz Beans with Tomato Sauce, in the British section of the Meijer international aisle. At the risk of sounding like a hypocrite, I do love trying new things, but at the same time I tend to gravitate towards my comfort food (yogurt and fruit for breakfast almost EVERY day – it’s a weakness of mine), so the beans sat in our pantry for a couple weeks, before I forced myself to SAY NO to yogurt and eat beans on toast.

English Beans on Toast

I don’t know why I waited so long; I knew I’d like it. Which I DID. Beans in a tomato sauce are great! We’re used to our baked beans, which are in tomato based sauce, but it’s almost a bbq sauce, whereas this is just a light tomato taste. I ate mine with over-easy eggs also on the toast, and it was DELICIOUS. Because of the tomato sauce, it’s easier to eat it with a fork instead of your hands.

What I thought: It’s great! For an entire traditional English breakfast, try it with sliced tomatoes, sausage and tea (black pudding is optional).

-Beth

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3 responses to “English Beans on Toast

  • Christina

    It took me two tries to really like beans on toast, what I found out is that the butter on the toast in essential. Once I discovered that it was delicious! I still prefer American baked beans on toast though.

    Also, I was reading this post in my google reader and I hadn’t realized it was from you guys’ blog, but I kept saying “Oh, Kim and Beth really like that Jam” and stuff like that. Then I realized that you’d written it…. *head desk*

  • The Fourth Broomstick

    I almost bought Weetabix today, but I didn’t. – Kim

  • Annabel Hope

    Can I just say, that in Britain we more have beans on toast for supper (evening meal) and have a full english breakfast for breakfast, although we sometimes put the beans on the toast in that. But generally, beans on toast is comfort food in the evening.

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