The Write Stuff topic for this week’s blog hop is “What do you eat for breakfast?“.
After spending a fabulous weekend away with friends-who-are-like-family, celebrating a midwinter Xmas in July, it has come to my attention that what I eat for breakfast may not fit the norms of breakfast food. This gave me food for thought (see what I did there? Entirely intentional and naff to boot.) and started me thinking about what people eat for breakfast.
Do you eat the same foods every day? Do you eat as soon as you get up, or do you wait until you’re at your desk? Are you one of those people who can’t face food that early in the day? Perhaps you’re an eclectic breakfaster (much better term than weird!) like me?
I am an omnivorous reader, voracious in my literary tastes. I think my breakfast habits may follow a similar path!
Leftovers form an excellent base for breakfast. Crust Philly Cheese Steak pizza is an exceptional breakfast, especially on a sleepy Saturday morning. This morning, I breakfasted on leftover pecan mushroom stuffing from our Xmas in July turkey roast, heated and spread on some crusty sourdough toast, and topped by a fried egg. Oh, it was unbelievably delicious!
I’m very fond of the Welshman’s pea and ham soup for breakfast. Warm, nutritious and good for you. Gets you set up for the day.
In the summer time, I make a fabulous, if I do say so myself, Bircher muesli, topped by shredded coconut and raspberries. It’s just not right in the winter though.
If we go out for breakfast, I love two perfectly poached eggs on quality crusty toast with fried haloumi and a perfect chai latte. Not too sweet, not too earthy. Oh dear gods. This is the best breakfast. Worth getting up early and putting on makeup before 9am for! Yes, I could go out for breakfast without makeup on, but scaring small children that early in the morning is just not good karma.
Does anything beat a hotel buffet breakfast? Omelette station, toast station, hot food station, pancake and waffle station, a cornucopia of fresh fruit and juices … yum! I especially love breakfast buffets in Asian countries – the Welshman gets stuck into a breakfast curry, and Boyo and I treat ourselves to breakfast patisseries. Where else could you justify a breakfast doughnut, if not on holiday? Unfortunately breakfast buffets often coincide with bikini wearing, so the fruit and eggs are the best choice. However, I still dream of the fried lotus root I ate one morning for breakfast in Langkawi.
I’m not a big bacon fan. I feel too guilty unless I’m eating ethical pork, like the divine bacon made from very happy Bangalow piggies we treat ourselves to from the posh organic food shop. However, I never crave bacon more than when we’re in a Muslim country that only serves beef bacon or turkey bacon. It’s bacon, Jim, but not as we know it.
Some days, there is just nothing I’d rather eat for breakfast than good old Vegemite on hot buttered sourdough toast. I don’t stint on the Vegemite. In my opinion, there is no point bothering with a mere scrape. It needs to be slathered on! As a special treat, a slice of hot buttered sourdough toast with some Arataki clover honey is an exquisite way to start your day. This is a top quality after-school afternoon snack too, just quietly. Peanut Butter, did I mention Peanut Butter? Crunchy, of course. Best not consumed every day. I craved it so much when I was pregnant and ate bucketloads of it as soon as I’d finished breastfeeding.
Whilst occasionally I’ll reach for the Freedom Foods Maple Crunch cereal (not because it’s gluten free, because it’s delicious!) topped with icy cold milk, it’s usually toast that I want in the morning. Lovely Victoire’s sourdough levain loaves, ciabattini rolls from Norton Street Grocers, or Adriano Zumbo’s olive & rosemary sourdough. I don’t care for coffee but life is too short to eat bad bread.
Depending on what I find rattling around in the fridge, my breakfast spread of choice may be Maggie Beer pate, duck rilettes (recently described by me on Twitter as “posh Spam”), pastrami with tomatoes and mustard, leftover mushroom sauce, apple cider & free range pork sausages …
Of course, whatever I eat for breakfast is washed down by my beloved Tetley’s Decaffeinated tea. I like it British, very well brewed, with a mere drop of milk.
What do you eat for breakfast? I’d love to hear all about it!