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Breakfast for us is both a complicated and simple event. We keep our breakfast meals relatively basic, but we all eat different things at different times. More often than not I feel like I’m running a short-order cafe in the morning, so I have to make sure I have everything I need at hand and organised!
We also see breakfast as in important part of the day and make time for it even if we have a very early start, so we like to make sure breakfast is an enjoyable meal and not something we throw together to ‘fill the belly’.
These are all the foods, drinks, and ingredients I make sure we always have around so that our breakfast experience is a 10 out of 10 everyday! Some might overlap with my basic ingredients or fall into one of my shopping list categories, if that’s the case I always first buy the things for breakfast and then I go back to the other two lists and decide if I’m going to also be using the breakfast things for those or not.
Breakfast pantry and fridge sections
I have a section of the pantry and another one in the fridge dedicated to breakfast. Many of these things are used throughout the day for other meals and as snacks, but having them grouped for breakfast makes mornings (when I’m sleepy and often rushing) run smoothly.
The breakfast pantry is right next to the fridge, and right on top of the microwave and kettle. And on top of the microwave is the toastie machine which can also make paninis, toast bread, and bake waffles. That way, I don’t need to be going from one end of the kitchen to the other to grab what I need.
The cups and plates are usually out on the drying rack from the previous day and easy to grab. And the stove is right behind the pantry, so all I have to do is turn around if I’m cooking something.
I’ve got a small breakfast station ready to go every morning!
Bread is our go-to when it comes to breakfast. Very rarely do we eat something that is not bread, and if we do, we usually have some bread too!
Usually I buy seeded wholemeal bread. We like the texture and flavour. And sometimes I bake white milk bread (using milk instead of water in the dough). When we’re feeling fancy, we’ll buy (or I’ll make) brioche.
I buy either seeded wraps or wraps with herbs. We mostly have them with eggs (often with greens) that I cook flat on a crepe pan, or with cheese (and sometimes deli meat and/or greens) as quesadillas.
Check all the posts where I talk about butter.
We all prefer the flavour of margarine to that of butter, but we buy one with no trans fats and olive oil.
Jam (frozen berries)
I always make jam from scratch. It’s very easy and it tastes so much better than the store-bought sugary stuff!
I buy a bag of mixed frozen berries, throw it in the slow cooker with some apples and after a few hours I turn it off and add some chia seeds so it becomes jammy. If it’s too tart, I’ll add some sugar.
Dulce de leche
Depending where you live, dulce de leche could be called manjar, cajeta, arequipe or milk caramel. It’s basically milk and sugar boiled together to make a very sticky caramel spread. It can be made at home but it takes forever, and it’s readily available at supermarkets all over the UK so we usually just buy it.
We use it as a spread on buttered toast. It’s very, very sweet, and a thin layer goes a long way!
PB&J. Need I say more? We also add it to porridge sometimes.
Check all the posts where I talk about eggs.
Mostly we fry them (with no oil in a non-stick pan) and eat on bread or in a wrap. We’re just exciting that way! Usually, I add some grated cheese on top.
Hard melty cheese
I buy it in a large block and grate it at home. That way it’s cheaper and it doesn’t have that weird potato starch around that makes it melt weirdly. We often buy extra mature cheddar or vegan cheese that melts.
We mostly use it for toasties with or without deli meat and/or greens, on top of eggs, or for quesadillas.
Most often that not it’s chorizo slices. If not, then smoked ham, pepperoni, pastrami, or luncheon meat. And very rarely bacon. A lot of times we also eat vegetarian or vegan alternatives.
We love greens! Especially the children and me. If I go several days without serving them a salad they complain I say I’m not feeding them properly!
We use greens in sandwiches, wraps, and quesadillas. We usually vary the kind of green depending on what’s available and what strikes our fancy when shopping, but often it’s baby spinach, pea shoots, lamb’s lettuce, or mixed Italian salad.
Porridge! Great for those cold wintery days, which is about half the year here in the UK. I prepare it in the microwave for speed and easiness (and less clean-up!) and top it with milk, seeds, peanut butter, jam, and/or sprinkles.
We’re boring cereal people and buy a bran, nuts and fruit cereal. Cereal is not really a common breakfast for us, but handy to keep around just in case someone fancies it, especially on hot summer mornings.
Mostly chia or linseeds to add to porridge. Sometimes sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds.
Check all the posts where I talk about milk.
We keep 3: soya for me and my kid’s drinks, cow’s for my son and husband’s porridge and cereal, and evaporated for my husband’s drinks. We’re a complicated family!
For my daughter and me mostly. We have coffee (decaf) almost every day, when it’s hot we usually have it cold (we prepare it with water from the fridge). Most often than not, we’ll have it with milk.
Drinking chocolate powder
Mostly for my son and husband, they have it every day no matter what! I sometimes have it cold during summer or as a treat before heading to bed.
Selection of teas
We all like tea and drink it throughout the day as well as breakfast.
We always have black tea, peppermint, berries, chai, chamomile, lime blossom, ginger and lemon. And some other random ones that we come across and sound interesting.
During Christmas we always get a tea advent calendar.
Check all the posts where I talk about sugar.
For my kids’ drinks and for sweetening porridge.
For my drinks. I just don’t like the flavour of sugar in drinks!
To top my kids’ porridge! It makes a weird-looking food more appealing. I also us it to top their drinks if I add whipped cream to them.
We usually change the sprinkles with the seasons and celebrations. For winter we usually have snowflakes, for spring flowers, for Halloween and Christmas some sort of holiday-themed sprinkle. For every other time, the children choose whatever they want. Right now my son has a dinosaur-themed collection, and my daughter a unicorn-themed one.