Wikipedia - egg banjo.

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I've even explained how the tern came about now. WTF is that picture doing there, nothing like an Egg Banjo, where's the dirt and oil.
 
#4
Perhaps a link to 'The Banjo Files' thread might be of use for Wiki?
 
#5
Wiki's article even more detailed now :)
http://www.qdg.org.uk/forum/index.php?board=4;action=display;threadid=462

+ British soldiers refer to a fried egg sandwich as an "egg banjo"- this is due to the act carried out when the yolk bursts from the bottom of the sandwich. The left arm (holding the sandwich) goes out similar to holding a Banjo Neck. The right hand meanwhile rubs off the spilt yolk from your clothing (similar to strumming a Banjo) Hence the term "Egg Banjo". A "Banjo" is a very emotive subject and must be considered at great length. Many an SQMS will have been saved by his egg/bread combo supply, many a gunner/loader spared a thick ear on the quality and frequency of "Banjo" produced. Grown and experienced soldiers have been reduced to tears at the lack/poor quality or taste of the "Banjo".
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+ My favourite and preferred methods is as follows. The "Banjo" must be cooked in a dixie lid, over a petrol cooker that sounds like the afterburner of a jet fighter. The fat/lard/oil must be almost smoking, with perhaps a few pin needles, china graph lead, twigs, cotton waste, a black substance that builds up over some time (still no idea what it is) or burnt compo sausage bits still clinging to the pan. The egg is to be cracked into the dixie. The fat being very hot will ensure that the edge of the egg white will become crispy and brown. A honey colour is preferred and the underside the same consistancy and colour. The sunny side up must be runny and the base of the yoke hard.
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+ This allows two methods of eating to take place.
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+ Firstly, you can break your egg and mix in your favoured sauce, HP/Daddies Brown or Heinz/HP Tomato or dare I say both!!!!!This, sadly, will take away the possible "Banjo" scenario, particularly for the new Troop Leader. An unbroken yoke will still allow the preferred eating method of "Bite And Suck" old sweats and trained "Banjo" eaters may prefer. The sauce mix may still be applied.
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+ Method two involves breaking the egg whilst frying. This will prevent many of the previous mishaps and is good for 'O' Gps and prevents "the dripping egg onto the OC's Map Scenario". Also, it will prevent the thick ear for the provider too. who can use the "I thought you were off to an 'O' Group Sir/Sgt/Cpl". A flipped egg may be needed to prevent this as a small amount of runny egg on the chin is a tell tale sign of contentment.
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+ Finally, the bread. Preferably on the wrong side of fresh, not mouldy, but a little "gone". Old RAOC bread was very good and was just the right shape (slightly round) and was always labelled with the day of produce. This was always appreciated as it reminded you how many days you had missed whilst in the OP/CV/Barn/Bier House/nuts/Bunker/site guard Op Room. However, new methods of bread production still allow for the spread of the "not too fresh egg", they tend to flatten on cracking. A hand print of undetermined origin must also appear on the outer slice of each bread slice.
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+ The time of the day for a "Banjo" bears no relation to it's ability to lift moral. A wave of the hand containing a "Banjo" (tea mug in the other), whilst sat on top an Tank/Recce car, to a passing infanteer carrying large quantities of equipment is a massive moral boost to anyone. Stepping down into your basha, whilst p*ss wet through, and being handed a "Banjo" is Christmas. Walking towards the Sqn/Regt Leaguer post shovel recce/O'Group or maint period and a few dozen cookers are producing that slightly burnt, sweet and smokey aroma is almost majestic. Nothing brings a soldier to order quicker than the shout of "Banjo's anyone?".
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+ Remember that eggs were rationed during the War. Aren't we lucky!
 
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