Breakfast is a synonym for
Compared to other daily meals
breakfast is the one which shows our belonging to a particular culture or area.
Why is it like that? Maybe because in
the morning we are still sleepy, eager for pats and safety, unprotected and
without a shield which accompanies us during the day so we reach out for
something that is the closest, simplest, most familiar, something which quickly
brings us into balance with outside world.
Breakfast...favourite meal for
majority of people. Its attraction lies right in its simplicity. Breakfast is
not a matter of big chefs or modern cuisines. Everyone knows how to make
coffee, fry eggs or toast.
Breakfast appeal lies in
An American woman is preparing breakfast for her family. From a maxi-fridge she
is taking out butter, eggs, bacon, milk, cheese, orange juice, then bagel buns,
corn flakes, fruit. After that she turns on a filter coffee slot. In a few
minutes the kitchen will smell after breakfast and her sleepy family will soon
be on their feet. In fifteen-twenty minutes the breakfast will be served on the
table, fried eggs with bacon, bagel buns with cream cheese, pancakes with fruit
and maple syrup. Of course big cups with filter coffee as well. For the end,
children will eat up a bowl of cornflakes with milk.
Similar smell will soften a family
in Liverpool and all along England,
too. Their breakfast also consists of
eggs with bacon. But, slightly north, in Scotland, the breakfast might
contain salmon, smoked or fresh. Besides, in Scotland
as well as in Ireland,
on the breakfast menu you will find porridge - oatmeal cooked in water or in
milk and seasoned by choice with salt, brown sugar, raisins, cinnamon, sour
Spoon will be used for eating
breakfast in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, but their porridge will
mostly be buckwheat enhanced with added sour cream.
Bars are full with still sleepy Italians who are fighting to catch their
morning dose of caffeine. Depending on the amount of milk they want in their
coffee cup they are choosing espresso, coffee macchiato, latte macchiato, but
above all - cappuccino. While sipping cappuccino what they eat is usually a
little sweet puff pastry bun, simple or filled with honey, jam or chocolate,
called brioches in the northern, and cornetto in southern Italy. One should be
well trained and careful when eating them because powdered sugar on these buns
rises up like morning mist and could easily end up on the tie or suit of some
gentleman, just like the bun crust could stick to some lady's lipstick.
French breakfast also consists of a
warm drink and a sweet bun or cake. On week days in family houses the French
will prefer to have a slice of bread, to be more precise baguette, with butter
and marmalade, and on weekends a puff pastry bun, known as croissant, is a
A couple is getting out of their apartment, with an empty stomach. On their way
to work they are stopping at their favourite kiosk, which works from 5 a.m. to
9 p.m. and offers only breakfast, and there they are buying dumplings (stuffed
pasta, like ravioli) cooked by steaming and stuffed with pork and vegetables.
Or they are taking salty pancakes with onion. While waiting for public
transport, they are skilfully using their chopsticks for eating their
More to the east, in Tokyo, the first
breakfast meal is asagohan or morning rice. Rice is a morning breakfast also in
Thailand, Korea and in
most far-east countries.
Colourful, fragrant and spicy el desayuno in Mexico is most of all tortilla, or,
how it is usually called "Mexican bread" with added meat, beans, cheese,
vegetables. What the Mexicans also love having for breakfast is huevos
rancheros, fried eggs laid on tortilla with added spicy tomato sauce, and of
course, with lots of colourful fruit and vegetables: pepper, bananas, avocado,
In Maghreb's Africa
breakfast is tea and bread made of various wheat with legumes, fish or yogurt.
In the southern parts of the "black
continent" breakfast can consist of different kinds of porridges, rice or corn,
served with varied types of fruits such as coconut and banana.
Breakfast is a synonym for
familiarity, belonging. We can live in country without using native language,
we can change our behaviour and manners and dressing style, we can addopt to
different climates and environments, but breakfast...Only then when we replace
"our" breakfast for a "foreign" one, we can say for ourselves that we are not
foreigners any more.