Breakfast – the best and most important meal of the day.
There are probably as many breakfast recipes as there are households. No other mealtime is more individual and intimate than breakfast.
You might have it in your pajamas, in bed, around the big table or in passing on your way to work.
Whichever it is, the idea of a breakfast is to start the day with something in your stomach to give you energy and nourishment to get on with your life.
When, where and what are the big questions when it comes to choosing the right breakfast recipe for you.
Is it very early in the morning, a workday or the weekend?
The answer to the ‘when’ question often determines the breakfast selection.
During the week the first meal of the day might be quite short and easy to assemble.
Quite the opposite at the weekend. A big cooked breakfast with the whole family is much more likely.
For the late risers, brunch might be an attractive option, mixing and combining lunch and breakfast recipes.
The choice of breakfast also heavily depends on the location. A typical American, French, Kenyan, Indian, Brazilian or Japanese meal will look, smell and taste very different.
Combine this with food availability, cultural aspects, and personal preference, and you end up with an endless array of options.
Whichever breakfast recipe you might go for, it is always a very personal decision.
There are many types of breakfast possible. Is it a sweet one or do you prefer a savory start or maybe both?
The French croissant and jam, paired with strong coffee might not be everybody’s taste, but neither will be a Chinese noodle soup with an egg on top.
Many breakfast recipes involve bread, rice, pancakes, oats or other grain-derived products.
A healthy version might include fruits, seeds, nuts, yogurt or a wholesome smoothie.
Quite the opposite is the hearty fry-up, popular in the English-speaking countries. It usually includes bacon, sausages, eggs, potatoes (as waffle or hash brown), eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans or any variation thereof.
To wash everything down requires something strong, aromatic and vitalizing. Top of the list is coffee, tea, milk, orange juice (or any other juice), a milkshake or perhaps a drinking yogurt.
However, the uncrowned champion of breakfasts is the egg.
Versatile, affordable, with a decent amount of protein and vitamins to kick off your day. It is no wonder that eggs are part of many cuisines and breakfast recipes.
They can be boiled, fried, poached, scrambled, beaten into an omelet, or soaked into a slice of bread for French toast. Eggs are quick, easy to cook and go with almost any other breakfast ingredient.
Or, as an advertisement in the 1950s put it:
“Rise and shine and go to work on an egg.”
Another ingredient of the morning is the newspaper, or its digital equivalents nowadays.
It might not be part of our breakfast recipes, but it is part of the morning ritual and therefore as essential as the finished plate and the steaming pot of coffee in front of you.