Breakfast Traditions

by Cate on November 21, 2006

Yesterday, Nicholas was invited to a breakfast play date at a friend’s house. He’s got quite the social life … I don’t think I’ve ever had a breakfast date! The family is from Argentina, and as she laid out the breakfast offerings, she said that a traditional breakfast in Argentina is very simple, usually just toast and other breads. Remembering breakfasts at our cousins house in France, it’s much of the same thing … croissants, butter and assorted jams and jellies. It’s really Americans that do the whole eggs, bacon and sausage thing.

Along with the toast, she had a bowl of assorted nuts, fresh strawberries, a basket of crackers and pancakes for the kids, a recipe that she’s only made a few times. Fresh plum jam was an added treat, with plums fresh from her sister’s farm in Spain. Doesn’t get much better than that.

So, confess. What are YOUR breakfast traditions?

A year ago today… Bachelor Bob and other shenanigans.

P.S. Yes, there will be an ARF/5-A-Day roundup tomorrow.

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Elle November 21, 2006 at 1:55 am

Hi Cate,
For the last year and a half or so since my Sweetie retired, breakfast has included a bowl of mixed melon pieces. He started preparing watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew in order to lose weight, but it became a regular part of his routine and I benefit. Sometimes he adds mango or bannanas or grapes or seasonal berries. My regular thing for months has been a bowl of oatmeal with raisins and soy milk. Goes well with the fruit. The whole eggs, bacon, toast thing is for Sunday only if at all. I like the idea of a breakfast date. I also like that you ask questions for feedback :)


Abby November 21, 2006 at 1:56 am

GRITS! They’re my favorite. Yes, I’m Southern. I LOVE Southern Breakfast Casseroles.

And the Brits eat quite a heavy breakfast, too, don’t they? Well, I did when I was there. Not that that’s how it’s always done, though!


Anonymous November 21, 2006 at 2:45 am

Saturday’s Daddy either makes pancakes or waffles and then Sunday, if I’m there, I’ll make something like muffins or biscuits. Every Christmas we have breakfast casserole. When I was little Sunday breakfast was a honey bun. That was really a treat b/c we were really watching money then. However, now that I’m on my own I usually have yogurt and fruit for breakfast.


Alisha November 21, 2006 at 5:12 am

Breakfast? Yuck. Can’t stand to eat in the morning – though I usually have some coffee around 9-ish if I’m not volunteering in a classroom. I always keep wanting to do breakfast but just can’t stomach it.

As for the kids, they’re very predictible: son #1 (14) eats at school on school days or doesn’t eat until late like me on non-school days … daughter (10) eats immediately after getting up and has a bowl of cereal … son #2 (5) hates to eat in the morning but I make him at least eat a piece of toast before school. Husband? He eats big breakfasts on the weekend but skips them during the week.


maltese parakeet November 21, 2006 at 5:29 am

apparently, i was a little old jewish lady in a previous life, because i loooove to make latkes with sour cream (and applesauce for my husband) on a lazy sunday morning.

i am, however, intrigued by abby’s reference to southern breakfast casserole. to the internets!


Sarah November 21, 2006 at 7:06 pm

Only once in a while but either:

a) belgium waffles with strawberries and whipped cream


b) cinnamon rolls – Pillsbury


Anonymous November 21, 2006 at 10:58 pm

The English have full breakfasts too. We have cereal or yogurt/granola or oatmeal during the week. Weekends are for eggs, pancakes, waffles, etc.


nika November 24, 2006 at 2:37 pm

oooh cheese grits would be AWESOME right now. I went to college at UGA in Athens GA and the dining halls made amazing grits for b-fast.

You dont really appreciate a good mess o grits until you 1) move away (especially if you move north) and 2) have to make them yourself (and I ALWAYS burn myself by the bits of nuclear-hot splatters that jump out while I make them).

The Blue Bird Cafe (Athens circa mid 80’s) made the most amazing stone ground yellow grits.. that and the buttery biscuits was enough to make a full perfect b-fast.

I think I need to blog about b-fast cuz obviously I adore it!


Cate November 26, 2006 at 2:19 am

Elle – that fruit bowl is right up Nicholas’ alley, and a great way to start the day.

Abby – never had grits before – one of these days…

Claire – Mmmm, I remember Honey Buns growing up. Delicious stuff!

Alisha – No breakfast? I couldn’t last all the way until lunch without eating something. But I feel about coffee the way you do about breakfast… yuck! :)

Maltese – yum on the latkes. We get wonderful ones every year when we go to the Bethlehem Chriskindlmarkt.

Sarah – divine, on both counts!

Randi – I’m with you. Who has time for big breakfasts during the week?

Niki – ok, that’s two votes for grits. Just might have to break down and search some out…


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