Wednesday, February 03, 2010

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Already this morning I've had a Marmite crumpet and a cheese scone. A rhubarb yoghurt and two cups of tea, not to mention to tumblers of water and a banana and it's not even 10 o'clock yet.

I'm terribly hungry in the mornings. But that's good because after all, breakfast fuels the furnace for the day. I don't know about you, but once I left home I never used to have breakfast at all. I couldn't even entertain the idea of food so early in the morning. It was only when I went back to college to do my journalism course I thought I'd better eat something as I didn't know when the next chance to eat would come.

I remember that first morning: hot buttered toast with Rose's lime marmalade. I kept this up for the duration of the course.

I don't know what I was thinking. As chronicled before around these parts, I don't even like jam. Okay, marmalade, but it's still sweet and I'm really not a sweet tooth in the a.m. I'm far more savoury. Why didn't I have Bovril on it, or peanut butter? I've not touched lime marmalade since.

I remember when you'd go on holiday and one of the breakfast choices was 'continental', i.e., no bacon or egg. It usually meant chewy croissants or a sweet roll and little pots of nasty jam. There wasn't much savoury about it and that always put me off. But that seems to have changed now. I love those German and Scandanavian buffets. That sort of continental is my breakfast of choice.

You can't beat a fry-up of course, with lashings of Daddies brown sauce, and there's always room for a bacon or sausage sandwich in my life. But if I had to choose between serial or bread and cheese, it would be the latter that got my vote. Cereal's a bore and a chore.

Thank God our breakfast option are more varied than they used to be. Now you can pop into any Pret, Eat or Greggs and have a ham and mozzarella croissant (still can't say it properly) or a cheese and onion pasty straight from the oven. I'm all for it. I could eat breakfast foods all day. Has anyone been to a Leon? What do they do?

Anyway, that's it from me until next week. Enjoy your breakfast.


Simon said...

This morning it was Special K with chocolate and strawberries in it. But I do love a good fry up and will even admit to the occasional Bacon McMuffin. I can't get going without something in the morning - not drinking tea or coffee I need something to kick-start the brain.

Cocktails said...

I agree. Breakfast is the best meal of the day. I never miss it.

I don't do 'sweet' either in the morning, and because I'm a complete pig, I can't be doing with the old croissants and jam schtick. You need something more filling in the morning. Like scrambled eggs on a toasted bagel or good old porridge - my current faves.

Clair said...

Leon is my very favourite restaurant of its kind - it has the sort of stuff that you'd like to make for yourself at home. Some are open in the evenings, too, and it's a very civilized and homely option. I love absolutely everything on the menu, especially their aloo gobi and meatballs, and cookies. In fact, I think I'm off there right now, as I could eat a scabby dog...

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I'm with you on the Scandinavian Banquet Breakfasts, F-C. They really can keep me going happily until lunchtime. But not having time when at home to line up a parade of ham, cheeses, sliced peppers, tomatoes, various dark breads, eggs done four ways, French toast and frankfurters, I tend to opt for porridge. This morning, I had mine with raspberries and a little maple syrup. Yum yum, pig's bum.

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Leon are fab - it all tastes so fresh. Breakfast for me is savoury for hang overs, sweet for normal. With weekend treats of cakes or biscuits in bed while reading..

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I'm jealous we don't have a Leon in Camden. Yet. I'm going to lobby for one.

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Everyone here seems to be ravenous. I've just eaten three M&S chocolate teacakes.

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And I've just had a Welsh cake and a chocolate finger. There's no stopping me today.

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In our house those M&S chocolate teacakes were always called 'marshmallows'. Or 'Caroline's marshmallows' because, for some reason, my sister had a thing for them.

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