“I went to a restaurant that serves “breakfast at any time” so I ordered French toast during the Renaissance.”

Gracie and I finally made it to the dump yesterday morning then we went to Agway, a store which welcomes dogs on a leash. It was a perfect Gracie day. In the afternoon it rained a little, but in the late afternoon the sun made another attempt to break through but wasn’t successful. I figure the sun got a bit miffed and decided to stay away a bit longer. Today’s weather is like yesterday’s and the day before that and on and on: cloudy with a chance of rain. The forecast does change a bit for tonight: cloudy with a chance of snow showers. I’m beginning to feel like a mole. (Since I posted this the sun has managed to break through the clouds for just a little while. At first I thought it was a meteor signaling the end of the Earth but my instinctive memories managed to resurrect the word sun.)

I was a cocoa drinker most school mornings when I was a kid. My brother or sister (I forget which one) was a tea drinker. My mother always served the tea in a flowered pot. Thinking back on that, it’s kind of neat to have a pretty pot on the table in the morning though back then I didn’t appreciate the gesture. My cocoa was made in the cup. My mother would put some cocoa granules in the cup, add some milk, stir the two together then add hot water. The cocoa always had some bubbles on the top. We  usually had toast, and in the winter my mother would make oatmeal to sustain us on the cold walk to school. My favorite breakfast was boiled eggs served in egg cups. The eggs cups were yellow chickens. Many were missing their beaks. My mother toasted the bread and sliced it into strips so we could dunk it in the egg. She’d cut the top off the egg and we’d dunk for the yolk. I have those egg cups now. My mother gave them to me when I moved into my house. She thought I should have some memories from my childhood. The egg cups have Fannie Farmer etched across the bottom. I never noticed that when I was a kid.

I had cereal for breakfast yesterday for the first time in years. I think that’s why my childhood breakfast memories popped into my head. Cereal was our warm school morning breakfast and our Saturday morning watch TV breakfast. My mother had boxes of different cereals lined up in the kitchen. My brother liked Cheerios. I was a Rice Krispies fan. I think Corn Flakes also made an appearance though we thought it was an adult cereal. It didn’t do tricks like snap, crackle or pop. I like Corn Flakes now so maybe we weren’t far off. I think a banana really dresses up a bowl of Corn Flakes.

This morning I had coffee and an onion bagel with cream cheese. It was a most satisfying breakfast.

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  1. Hedley Says:

    Breakfast Cereal is a very serious issue. As a child the driver was the super cool gifts that came with Kelloggs including the baking powder submarine and cigarette style cards.

    When I visit England I take empty suitcases to load up with Quaker “Oat Crisp” (which were once known as Oat Crunchies) and Weetabix which are very different to the product offered here.

    The Prince and I were cruising Costco and he made a big play for Chocolate favored Cheerios and when I remarked that I didnt really care for them, his response was obvious. We settled for making his Grandma buy the Mac and Cheese.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I loved that submarine. A few years ago I found it again and bought one each for all my nephews and my niece (one for me, of course). I filled the kitchen sink and let it go. It worked as well as I remembered!

      I have never had Weetabix. What sort of cereal is it? The Oak Crisp would be one I’d give a try.

      I haven’t ever heard of chocolate flavored Cheerios. It sounds awful. They, the real Cheerios, are supposed to be a healthy cereal so I guess they needed to amp sales as kids prefer cereal with lots of sugar, colors and flavors.

      Would that be Kraft Mac and Cheese?

      • Hedley Says:

        Prince and I had been rocking the samples and Costco was offering their “homemade” Mac and cheese. Both of us agreed it was excellent and promptly ambushed his Grandmother.

        Weetabix are a wheat biscuit, there is a north american product which is very good but i prefer the UK version.

        Chocolate Cheerios looked absolutely disgusting. He claimed he liked them but we passed.

        This is a Prince weekend for me – his Mum is sending back his remote control Dalek so I can refresh the batteries. I have to be VERY careful on Sunday when the KTCC Team, Tottenham Hotspur, take on arsenal at White Hart Lane – There is a high probability of excessive potty mouth.

        Mrs MDH just booked Mid Summer’s Night Dream at the Globe in London. I am just relieved that it isnt that awful Henry V. The UEFA Champions Leagure Final Fan Festival has been announced at Olympic Park, so the kids will be able to see the complex and enjoy some football

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        I am a mac and cheese fan, all different kinds, not just the traditional.

        Is it like Shredded Wheat? Not one of my favorite cereals. I always thought horses would like it.

        I didn’t know there was a remote control Dalek. Now I’m interested. Perhaps the Prince can watch part of the game then do something exciting with his Grandma so you can use your potty mouth with impunity.

        I went to the Globe many years ago.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, might be a different Globe, this one opened in 1997 and is next door to the Tate Modern.

      • katry Says:

        You are right, MDH. It must be a different Globe.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I’m trying to remember what kind of breakfast we had when I grew up. Cornflakes of cours, the little plastic toy was the reason. I can’t remember if the other kinds had toys too or if they had collectors cards.

    Eggs of course and I wanted a runny yolk, one of the few thing my mother was great on when it came to cooking 🙂 I liked to have some caviar on my egg too, spounds really fasionable doesn’t it 🙂 But it’s actually lightly smoked cod roe, probably one of the most popular things to have on sandwiches here, åpreferable with either cheese or eggs or whay not all three 🙂

    I’ve never been ab weetabix or oat crisp fan but they’ll do if I can’t find what I really want 🙂

    Another springwinter day here and hopefully it will continue like that for a few days. The weather men says so and we all know how many times they are right 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We always opened the cereal with prizes from the bottom. It used to drive my mother crazy.

      I like my eggs over easy, still with plenty of yolk. It sounds high class-caviar on your eggs!

      We did get the sun for a short time. It was lovely. We’re back to clouds now!

      Have a great evening!

    • Hedley Says:

      Christer – you dont like Weetabix ??? WHAT ???? 🙂

      Maybe if Findus or Ikea was involved there would be some horse in with the biscuit and be more to your liking 🙂

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’d forgotten the baking powder submarine. There was a hard hat diver that worked something like that, too.
    My favorite cereal as a kid was Sugar Pops. Yeah. After that it was Puffed Rice or Rice Checks though Frosted Flakes were acceptable. Oatmeal was okay as long as there was brown sugar or maple syrup. Cream of Wheat was right out. Urk!
    Now I like Kashi Black Currant and Walnut. I have to actually go to Shaws for it because Peapod doesn’t have it. Oh the horror! 🙂
    Breakfast today was peanut butter and Nutella on Wasa flat bread crisps and a cup of orange juice. Usually breakfast is yoghurt, cereal, fruit and nuts and English muffin but I was lazy today.

    It’s dreary up here, too, and damp. I have a new camera and am trying to do some photography every day to learn how to use it. Dreary, damp and dull is not very inspiring.
    I need to buy a large bunch of daffs or something else bright and cheery.
    Enjoy the rest of the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I also had the diver, and it was as cool as the sub.

      I didn’t mind Sugar Pops but my mother never bought it. I never had Puffed Rice or Rice Checks but I liked Froster Flakes. Yup, sugar on the oatmeal was a necessity. I never ate Cream of Wheat-my father was an oatmeal fan so that’s what my mother always bought.

      I bought some dafs a week ago and my friend gave me some pussy willows (I also bought some for her. We had a laugh over that one).

      You have a great evening!

  4. im6 Says:

    What? MDH hasn’t wished one of his good buddies a happy birthday? Who could it be?

  5. im6 Says:

    MDH… see your email. It’s not my birthday. As has been noted, there are several celebrating today, but not me (I’m too old to celebrate anyway)… but thought you were so close to The Who that you’d have known it was Rog’s day. If you’re stumped for a gift, he could probably use some new fringe.

    • im6 Says:

      PS… that really is a remarkable Beach Boy video. Everyone looks so young (except Brian, of course!l).

    • Hedley Says:

      Oh that is hilarious, you will like the video, it has cake, Brian’s Birthday, Paul and Linda McCartney and Mike Love trying to be whacky. Oh and lots of Wilsons doing a really decent Good Vibrations.

      Kat, im6/8 has deliberately misled us, I suggest NO pandering for the month of March


    • im6,
      I found the whose birthday is it site and noticed Roger and wondered! Fringe is only a small part of what he needs!

  6. flyboybob Says:

    A bagel with a ‘shemier’ of cream cheese to me is a breakfast of champions. I personally like my bagels plain with a couple of slices of smoked salmon to send my taste buds directly to paradise. Some people like sliced raw onions, or an onion bagel, with their lox, but I don’t want anything to interfere with the taste of the smoked salmon.

    When I was a kid we generally had cold cereal for breakfast. My favorite was and still is Rice Krispies. I am not a fan of bananas but fresh strawberries can’t be beat. We always tried to talk my mother into buying the cereal with the prize that was advertised on TV. We would open the box from the bottom to get to it and never ate the cereal. The best prize was the little plastic submarine that you filled with baking soda and let it run in the bathtub. My parents both liked soft boiled eggs with toast. They always ate them in cups because we didn’t have the nice egg holders like you. When I got older I loved fried eggs over easy with bacon and hash brown potatoes.

    We are still under clear to partly cloudy skies with highs in the fifties. If we don’t get a couple of hard freezes before the weather warms we will have a heck of an infestation of mosquitos and more West Nile virus cases this summer again.


    • Bob,
      Sadly, I am not a salmon fan. I have tried it several times and just didn’t acquire a taste.

      I’m with you in loving Rice Krispies ever since I was a little kid. We too would open from the bottom. My mother was always really unhappy as we left a mess and we’d fight over whose turn it was for the prize. My favorite is also eggs over easy, but I like to eat eggs almost any way. I go out to breakfast every Sunday and usually have eggs though I do like French toast every now and then.

      I loved that submarine too. It worked great in going up and down in the tub.

      We’ve high in the low 40’s but our skies are mostly clouds with rain every now and then.

      • Bob Says:

        I have to agree that smoked salmon is an acquired taste. My wife only likes it when the salmon is mixed into the cream cheese. She likes smoked white fish and smoked sable but they do nothing for me. My all time favorite egg dish is Eggs Benedict. I try them whenever I see them on the menu in restaurants when I travel. However, the best version I have ever eaten was at Sunday brunch at The Court of The Two Sisters which is located in the French Quarter in New Orleans. They claim to have invented the dish. It’s hard to find a bad restaurant in New Orleans.


      • Bob,
        I too love eggs Bennie as my mother used to call them. I have them once in a while at my Sunday breakfast.

        I haven’t ever been to New Orleans.


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