A couple of moms have written to me asking what they should feed their little ones for breakfast, besides eggs, and mentioned that my book seemed a bit ‘short’ on breakfast recipes.
When I wrote Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics, I intentionally didn’t divide the recipes into ‘breakfast, lunch and dinner’ because it is my feeling that our idea of what are suitable breakfast foods (and lunch and dinner ones for that matter) has more to do with societal conventions and culture than it does with nutrition. For us, we have come to accept or believe that for breakfast we must eat: fruit, yoghurt, breads, cereals, eggs, sausage and/or bacon. But take a look at traditional breakfasts from around the world:
Thai Pork Porridge
A Thai breakfast usually consists of some meaty treat dropped in a porridge mixture. Pork porridge features Chinese doughnuts, beansprouts, pork intestine stuffed with peppery pork mince, sliced pork heart, stomach slivers and blood pudding.
Egyptian Ful Medames
Made from fava beans, chickpeas, garlic and lemon and topped with olive oil, cayenne, tahini sauce, a hard boiled egg, and some diced green veggies.
In Mexico, beef tips, chilequiles, nachos, cheese and beans always feature heavily and a spicy breakfast is the norm.
Tofu, Fish, Rice
Tofu, fish and rice are popular Japanese breakfast choices.
There are dozens of variations on the slow-cooked Chinese rice porridge, congee; it’s cooked with vegetables or meat, topped with pickles or hard-boiled eggs. A common breakfast food said to be easy on the stomach, it sustains infants and the elderly, as well as those feeling under the weather.
Mongolian Boiled Mutton
A Mongolian breakfast generally consists of boiled mutton with lots of fat and flour and maybe some dairy products or rice.
In Pakistan meat dishes are usually eaten as breakfast, especially on holidays. A traditional Sunday breakfast might be Siri-Payay (the head and feet of lamb or cow), Nihari (a dish which is cooked overnight to get the meat extremely tender, or Bong (shank curry) as a Sunday brunch.
Venezuelan Empenadas are pastries filled with fresh cheese, minced meat or any combination of veggies and beans.