BEANS? TOAST? TOAST AND BEANS?
The company Heinz, known in Britain for its cans of beans and in America for its ketchup, claims that an executive invented the common English meal as a marketing ploy in 1927. I thought it would be older than that, much older. I should have known better. Of course, it was simply a way to sell more beans!
Are cans of these Heinz beans cheap in England? Because these are often expensive in America, in specialized shelving areas where the focus is foreign foods in only large markets. I once noticed a can in the clearance bins, so I bought one. I had to try it. What a disappointment. Bland as hell.
It is so common today in England because it is a cheap protein, and during the rationing of the war years and after, it became a staple, for breakfast, dinner, or both.