“One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.”

The world looks different in the early part of the day. The cars are fewer and the lines shorter. People are purposeful with destinations in mind, and this morning Gracie and I were among them. I had an appointment, a destination, so we were out and about before nine, even before coffee and the papers. The appointment didn’t take long so when I was done and on my way home I rewarded myself for the early hour with a stop at Dunkin’ Donuts for coffee and a butternut donut. Gracie got a munchkin. I don’t know which of us was happier. I got home, drank my coffee and read the papers. My day was back on schedule.

I don’t usually make breakfast for myself at home except for brewing coffee though sometimes I have toast if the bread is interesting enough. The other day I had a couple of biscotti. They were chocolate, and they were delicious.

My father never cared for breakfast in Europe except in England and Ireland where he got eggs, a broiled tomato and floppy bacon. In most of the other countries breakfast was cold cuts and rolls, lunches my dad called them. In a lovely hotel on a river in the Netherlands, an egg in an egg cup was sitting on a dish at his place at the table. He was delighted until he found out it was hard-boiled. 

My father would have liked the hotels in Ghana. Breakfast is part of the room rate, and they serve eggs and toast, sometimes fruit and always instant coffee which my father preferred. I never understand that. At my parents’ house, my mother had a coffee pot and real coffee for when I visited, but my dad always had his Maxwell House.

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10 Comments on ““One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I can’t have fried things like sausages and bacon as breakfast, I need my müsli or porridge and my tea of course 🙂 I don’t know why but I’m the only one in my family that is like that. All the others love that English breakfast as we call it here.

    A rainy day over here and I guess this will make the grass explode so I’ll need to mow the lawn next week but I don’t mind as long as it isn’t snowing 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I like all sorts of stuff for breakfast. French toast is a favorite and are omelets. I never do have müsli or porridge though when I was a kid I had oatmeal. I don’t care for it much anymore.

      Sunny day but cold again, in the low 30’s. We will never be warm again!

      Have a great evening!!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Yup, I confess, I’m a continental European. No fried whatever, baked beans or tomatoes, fluffy bread or sweet chocolate stuff in the morning. My usual breakfast is home-baked wholegrain bread with butter and banana slices and other seasonal fruit on top and lots of real coffee. Sometimes I drink grain coffee in the evening. We call the grain coffee Muckefuck, a word which probably doesn’t sound delicious for English speaking readers.

    • katry Says:

      Baked beans in the morning sounds as disgusting as anything. I don’t like them at all and to think of eating them in the morning makes my stomach turn.

      I like bananas in the morning but most other fruit as snacks. In Ghana I had fruit for lunch every day.

      I wouldn’t say the name of that coffee out loud for fear of having my mouth washed out with soap.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Breakfast is my favorite meal especially when it’s combined with lunch and becomes brunch. I can eat just about anything for breakfast.
    Except oatmeal or grits or cream of wheat. Bleh.

    It’s sunny and cold here. I went up to Derry NH this afternoon and it was warmer up there.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Like you, I can eat almost anything for breakfast. I’m partial to leftover pizza. It is my favorite meal to go out to eat.

      I ditto your Bleh!

      Same weather here, but it is going to be warmer Thursday in the first day of spring.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  4. flyboybob Says:

    I am not a lover of scrambled eggs but I love bacon in any form. My favorite is Eggs Benedict but I will eat eggs fried over easy. Canadian bacon is wonderful but I couldn’t find it served in restaurants in Toronto or Montreal. 🙂 I know it’s some version of ham.

    I love the continental breakfasts served in European hotels. Yes, it is like lunch with better bread and fresh fruit. I am a bread lover and I can eat good crusty fresh bread with butter at every meal in large quantities. When they serve genuine Croissants I forego everything else and just pig out on that wonderful French invention. I must have eaten ten pounds of Croissants at breakfast when I spent a week in Montreal last December.

    I must have coffee in the morning regardless of the food. The waiters in the hotels in Europe always thought I was weird because I drank their individually made, dark, strong brewed coffee without milk or cream. I like a straight shot of pure caffein in the morning, the stronger the better. Once I flew on one of Europe’s cheap fare airlines from Brussels to London. It was an early morning flight and I couldn’t wait for the flight attendant to come around with coffee. I was appalled when she opened an envelope of Nescafe instant coffee, mixed it with hot water and asked me for five euros.

    I loved the full English breakfast served in the Hotels in the UK. They can keep the baked beans but the tomatoes, the bangers and that wonderful bacon just makes my day. Usually I don’t like breakfast sausage here in the US. But the British varieties are excellent. Their bacon is like a combo of Canadian bacon with a crispy American bacon edge. I was very surprised the first time I went to the UK because I thought that they were a country known for bad food, warm beer and ugly woman. I was very surprised at how much I liked the food and many of the woman were very attractive. I did find cold beer but I really liked the cool locally brewed bitters served in local pubs.

    The hotel where I stayed in Burgess Hill had a young waiter working in the restaurant who came from Poland. Every morning he would ask me if I wanted toast. I would answer yes and he would ask, white or brown. I would reply, whole wheat. Of course he didn’t understand so he would repeat the question and I would repeat the answer. Finally, he asked the British waitress and she told him that brown is whole wheat. Every morning for a week we went through that little ritual. By Friday he stopped asking and just brought me whole wheat toast.

    • katry Says:

      You just named two of my favorites: eggs Benedict and eggs over easy. I sometimes buy Canadian bacon if I’m having overnight guests as it easier to cook and tastes so good.

      I’m also with you in loving croissants. When they are fresh, they are amazing. I could eat too many to count.

      Unbelievable that they would give you instant coffee on that plane and then charge you so much money. Nescafe was what I drank in Ghana when I was in the Peace Corps, and forty years later that was still what I drank. Ghanaians are not coffee or milk drinkers so you get instant coffee and canned evaporated milk-disgusting.

      I’m not a huge fan of English bacon. It is too fatty and limp for my tastes. London has some of the finest restaurants anywhere. It is quite the city. I love visiting and have many, many times. I usually have pub lunches. Ploughman’s plate is my favorite.

      • flyboybob Says:

        I really like pub grub in the UK. My favorite was toad in the hole. Two sausages wrapped in puff pastry and then baked with the ends of the sausages sticking out of the pastry.

      • katry Says:

        That’s always where I ate lunch, and I also like toad in the hole..

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