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Title: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Carotte on February 10, 2014, 02:14:27 PM
A thread (Gestures you thought was nice but others found intrusive) made me wonder why France seems to be on the vast minority with only sweet breakfast food.

Weird, our closest neighbours (let's say the UK, Germany, Spain, even Belgium) have, I think, a much more savory "traditional" breakfast. At least they used too, nowadays cereals are pretty ubiquitous and almost always sweet...
Here it's toast and jam, cereals, yogurt and a fruit, pastries (but that mean someone had to go get them in the morning  ;D)... kids will often have things like (hot) chocolate milk, for adults it's tea or cofee, fruit juice.
And all around us it's ham, eggs, beans, cheese...
 
I still haven't looked into it, but I guess at one point (probably the 60/70s) we shed the savory breakfast for a sweeter one because I'm pretty sure that the rural and working France was the same as the rest, a nice filling breakfast before going for a full day of labor.

What about your breakfast?
For me if it's not sweet it's not a breakfast so I have no problem with donuts or cake, things that were talked about in the other thread. A savory breakfast is often synonym with being abroad in the UK or Portugal.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Katana_Geldar on February 10, 2014, 02:25:17 PM
Either or both is fine with me. I'm just as happy with cereal, bacon and eggs or pancakes. Though if I eat later I usually want a bigger breakfast.

I love how croissants can go both ways, with ham and cheese or butter and jam.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: mechtilde on February 10, 2014, 02:38:07 PM
You're absolutely right about the UK. The only traditional breakfast foods I can think of which are sweet are marmalade, and stewed prunes. Even porridge was traditionally served with just salt for flavouring.

That said, hardly anyone has that every day now. You might have a fry-up at the weekend (bacon, eggs, sausages, black pudding, fried tomatoes, baked beans, and other extras according to region including haggis in Scotland) but during the week it's mostly toast or cereal.

Germany seems very much the same (my DH is German, we live in England). Cold meats and cheese with a variety of bread. Or if you fancy something a little...more substantial... you could have Bauers Fruehstueck (Farmers Breakfast) Fried onions, potatoes, liver sausage and blood sausage. Yummy, but it probably contains a whole day's worth of calories!
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: ladyknight1 on February 10, 2014, 02:41:43 PM
I have to be careful with the sweets, so I prefer my sweet to come from fruit! I tend to have Greek yogurt for protein and dairy with whole grain granola. I also make breakfast casseroles that we can just pop in the microwave for a minute and have a hot breakfast.

Weekends, we have pancakes or waffles with bacon or sausage and eggs. Sometimes we have my family tradition, chocolate gravy and American style biscuits.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: English1 on February 10, 2014, 02:45:08 PM
savoury! UK here. The thought of donuts for breakfast makes me feel slightly sicky. :o

My fav. breakfasts
boiled or poached egg with wholmeal toast
wholemeal toast with Marmite (hey you at the back! - I can hear you making retching noises from here)
Weetabix or All-bran (not very sweet wholegrain cereals) with full fat milk
Piece of cheese with grapes
Banana (I suppose that's sort of sweet)
Natural yoghurt with honey (slightly sour yoghurt with sweetness, I suppose)

Very rare - full English of egg, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, toast, maybe some bubble&squeak.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: KimberlyM on February 10, 2014, 02:50:38 PM
I generally eat greek yogurt and fruit for breakfast during the week, though on the weekends I tend to eat egg white omlettes with tons of veggies.  I don't mind sweet for breakfast, but it's generally not filling enough for me.  A donut may taste good, but I'll still be hungry, and 3 donuts for breakfast is definitely not good!
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: BigBadBetty on February 10, 2014, 03:04:50 PM
I am in the U.S. During the week, I have a sweet breakfast. I make a smoothie with fruit, spinach, seeds (hemp or chia) and unsweetened almond milk. It gets the sweetness from the spinach and fruit, but I don't add any sweetener. Once in a while, I will have toaster waffles or leftover pizza for a weekday breakfast.

On the weekends, I do a big savory breakfast...eggs and potatoes (potato pancakes or hashbrowns). Once in a while, I will make waffles. I generally prefer the savory breakfast, but the smoothies are so easy with little clean up.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: 123sandy on February 10, 2014, 03:06:04 PM
I prefer a savoury breakfast. If I was going to have a sweet breakfast it would be fruit salad or porridge with a sprinkle of sugar on top.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Harriet Jones on February 10, 2014, 03:09:03 PM
I tend toward savory, I guess. I'm not opposed to doughnuts or other sweet pastries, but they're not very filling.  Something like a savory bagel with cream cheese would be my preference.  I like the big fry-up kind of breakfast, but it's too much for every day.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: TeamBhakta on February 10, 2014, 03:21:50 PM
I'm in the US. I usually prefer lunch or dinner foods at breakfast and breakfast foods at dinner. Salads are especially good! It's not a matter of sweet or savory for me; I just don't care for having breakfasty foods every morning. Instead I like them on weekends, during vacations, as a spontaneous choice at a restaurant ("Oh look, they serve breakfast all day! Let's order that") etc. Fiance is the same way; he was raised in Guatemala. He refuses to eat cereal at all for some reason, let alone any sweets.

On a random side note: Once or twice a year, I get a bizarre craving for mint chocolates melted on wheat toast.  :o I have no idea why. I've been like this ever since I was a teenager. I indulge it, eat healthy the rest of the day and remind myself "let it go, for real, you're eating healthy the rest of the year."
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: cicero on February 10, 2014, 03:49:44 PM
I live in israel. Breakfast tends to be savory rather than sweet ( traditionally) though many kids grew up on bread and chocolate spread and now a lot of people eat breakfast cereal. Still, many eat salad ( fresh veggies - cucumber, tomato olives) with cottage cheese, eggs, feta, with fresh bread, pita. Or burekas ( flaky dough filed with feta, or hard cheese, or vegetables and cheese and baked. In winter they eat porridge with semolina. Breakast is served woth coffee, and kids drink chocolate milk or tea.

On the old time kibbutz's. They would serve huge breakfast of fresh bread, vegetables, eggs, cheese, before members went to work in the fields. Today, a more elaborate and modernized version if tha breakfast can be seen in Israeli hotels.

In traditional Arab restaurants they serve hummus for breakfast - humus, pita, hard boiled egg, chopped fresh salad.

I'm not a big breakfast person. I often skip it, sometimes I'll have a yogurt ( plain), small sandwich, or cottage cheese

Interestingly, in schools the kids would have 10am break where they would have a small breakfast ( sandwich, roll, cheese), instead of an earlier breakfast
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: magicdomino on February 10, 2014, 03:51:00 PM
Food.   :D

Seriously, I'm not picky.  Now, when I was trying to stick to the low-carb South Beach Diet, I avoided sweets in favor of proteins like eggs and cottage cheese, with whole grain toast or crackers.  For the most part, I still do, although if there is a donut hanging around, it may become dessert.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Margo on February 10, 2014, 03:58:23 PM
UK here.
I usually have cereal or porridge - not particularly sweet in either case - the cereal is usually shredded wheat so no extra sweetner.
In summer I'll sometimes have fruit salad and yogurt, usually with some added seeds (linseed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)

Toast at weekends, or occasionally a croissant.

When I visit my parents home we often have a 'proper cooked breakfast' - scrambled eggs, bacon, mushroom, tomato and toast and/or fried potatoes, but I can only eat that if I've been awake long enough for it to be more like brunch - I need to have been awake for at least an hour before I can face any food, and if I'm eating much I need 2 or 3 hours.

(Happily, my parents have got into the habit of getting up later, now they are retired, so breakfast time at their house = 3 hours after I wake up, so it works out nicely, and I get to enjoy my dad's cooking *and* have lots of time for luxurious reading in bed, when I visit!)
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Bluenomi on February 10, 2014, 06:16:21 PM
I'll have either but not together. I just can not get my head around the trend for French toast with bacon. Maple syrup does not go with bacon though I admit many would disagree with me!
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Katana_Geldar on February 10, 2014, 06:32:24 PM
I don't consider porridge a savory food. I cook it on the stove with milk and a little salt, but I have it with more milk and sugar.

I love porridge, can't wait until the weather is cooler and I'll have it again.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: kherbert05 on February 10, 2014, 06:45:03 PM
Texas here
Generally savory
Either Breakfast taco - (Scrambled Eggs, Cheese, onions, peppers with hot sauce wrapped in a tortilla), Grits (http://goo.gl/Yjdn) (hot cereal made from Hominy), and in season fruit or if I'm running late Kolaches (http://goo.gl/WJZ5rG) from the corner bakery but I get the sausage and cheese ones (wrapped in a sweet tasting bread) not the fruit ones.)


Weekends waffles with syrup.



Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: veronaz on February 10, 2014, 06:50:58 PM
I'll have either but not together. I just can not get my head around the trend for French toast with bacon. Maple syrup does not go with bacon though I admit many would disagree with me!

I don't eat French toast often, but I like pancakes with bacon or sausage - I don't use much syrup and I keep the meats separated from the pancakes.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: #borecore on February 10, 2014, 07:34:15 PM
When I eat at home it's almost always a bowl of semi-sweet (but not Corn Pops/Lucky Charms sweet) cereal with almond milk or oatmeal with something moderately sweet in it, or a fried egg and toast or an English muffin. If we have bananas, I eat one.

Special occasions or lazy Sundays call for a sweet homemade bread, or waffles/french toast/pancakes, or biscuits/popovers, or scrambled eggs with vegetables or beans mixed in, skillet-cooked diced potatoes, or baked eggs.

Out, I might have a scone or muffin or lightly sweet bread for a quick meal, poached eggs and vegetables (or an omelet) for brunch, or any of the above.

I live in the northeast US. When I lived in Texas, I might get breakfast tacos, but I honestly didn't like them first thing in the morning.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Katana_Geldar on February 10, 2014, 08:03:32 PM
Some cereals I would find way too sweet to have in the morning, like the ones with marshmallows in them. Thank goodness you can only get them where they sell other imported foods and they're priced out of most children's temptations.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: cabbagegirl28 on February 10, 2014, 08:10:32 PM
I'll have either but not together. I just can not get my head around the trend for French toast with bacon. Maple syrup does not go with bacon though I admit many would disagree with me!

I don't eat French toast often, but I like pancakes with bacon or sausage - I don't use much syrup and I keep the meats separated from the pancakes.

For me, it's the combo of the sweet and savory that I like. I also think that the maple syrup enhances the qualities that make the bacon bacon.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Dazi on February 10, 2014, 08:56:24 PM
I'm an anomaly.  I don't like most traditional US "breakfast"  foods,  not sweet or savory.  Not waffles,  pancakes,  biscuits,  eggs, bacon, sausage,  toast, English  muffins,  regular muffins, donuts,  French Toast,  sliced ham, oatmeal,  cream of wheat, cereal,  breakfast  burritos, pop tarts, and probably more,  but that's what I can think of right now . 

Though I rarely eat them,  I do enjoy generously buttered grits and home fries with lots of onions (even then,  I usually only have a couple of bites). Oh,  I do like cheese filled crepes and clotted cream with a bit of scone. While I never eaten beans for breakfast (besides hummus), I could totally get behind that... I love beans.

I have issues eating solid foods right when I get up... It takes my body a bit to wake up. Most often I just have a protein shake or soup.   Occasionally some fruit and cheese , cheese and raw sliced vegetables with hummus, a turkey cheese roll up,  maybe some nuts with fruit  or vegetable slices. I do eat a lot of yogurt,  but not until my lunch or afternoon snack time.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: LemonZen on February 10, 2014, 09:05:21 PM
I'll have either but not together. I just can not get my head around the trend for French toast with bacon. Maple syrup does not go with bacon though I admit many would disagree with me!

French toast or waffles and bacon is a favourite weekend breakfast at our house  :D. Also, pork breakfast sausages are always better when they have been sliding into your syrup from your pancakes/waffles.  I have actually seen maple flavoured bacon in the store too. Of course that's probably less unusual in Canada.

For every day we usually have not-too-sweet cereal, oatmeal, or eggs. When I have time or I go out, I like to have omelets or eggs Benedict (yum!) or the aforementioned waffles/French toast.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: lady_disdain on February 10, 2014, 09:24:01 PM
Our breakfasts tend to be lighter stuff: some bread with butter or cream cheese, sliced turkey or ham and a slice cheese, whatever fruit is in the house, some yogurt. Sometimes, you might have a slice of some plain cake (similar to a coffee cake) or the children will have some chocolate milk. The health conscious may make a smoothie but cooked breakfast is non existent outside hotels.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Dindrane on February 11, 2014, 12:34:38 AM
The one universal rule of breakfast for me is that, 95% of the time, I can't eat very much for it at all. I think this is most likely a me thing, rather than anything to do with where I grew up or what the rest of my family does. But regardless of the reason, eating a really heavy breakfast generally leaves me feeling kind of sluggish and vaguely ill for a very large chunk of the day, and it means my meal schedules get all messed up.

So every weekday morning for the past couple of years, I've been eating a package of apple cinnamon instant oatmeal for breakfast, and coffee with a bunch of milk (I generally drink 3 cups of coffee, but each cup is almost half skim milk). On the weekends, I might eat a larger brunch (and then mostly skip lunch), or if I sleep late enough, more or less skip breakfast.

What's weird to me is that the one stingy-looking packet of oatmeal makes a perfectly filling breakfast, but anything involving a lot of bread (even if it also involves a lot of peanut butter) is no good and leaves me starving a few hours later.

The choice between savory and sweet breakfasts when I'm not concerned about how heavy it is is always a dilemma. I have a hard time resisting the siren song of bacon (which I do enjoy greatly with syrup :) ). Breakfast-diner-style hashbrowns are also just about my favorite thing in the whole world, which I think makes me a bad southerner. I do also really like pancakes and french toast and breakfast pastries, but that's where the dilemma tends to come in. I know that most sweet breakfast foods will leave me feeling overfull for awhile until I suddenly become so ravenous I can hardly stand it. Hashbrowns and eggs and bacon might not be any better for me, but there's at least some protein that wears off more quickly than straight carbs/sugar. I'm not overly fond of most restaurant's eggs, but I generally will eat them if I'm ordering breakfast food so that I'm eating something other than carbs.

What I find kind of amusing is that my husband and I have a favorite breakfast place, which is really a favorite lunch place that closes at 3 and serves breakfast as long as it's open. We generally end up going there late morning or early afternoon, because while my husband orders breakfast food, I generally get a grilled chicken sandwich that I like. :P

Doughnuts are one of those foods that I find amazingly wonderful and delicious if I only eat them about once every 3 months or so. It's fortunate for me that I've found precisely one good source of doughnuts where I live now, and it's just far enough away to be a pain to get to. So we tend to only get doughnuts once every few months. Every time we do, I'm reminded how delicious they are, but in a way that doesn't make me forget how un-delicious they would become if I ate them more regularly.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: iridaceae on February 11, 2014, 03:32:30 AM
I work night so my breakfast is usually dinner.

On vacation I want breakfast at breakfast and I like the traditional eggs,  hash browns and bacon. With buttered toast and jam.

Pancakes I am more likely to have at lunch or dinner.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Thipu1 on February 11, 2014, 10:10:31 AM
NYC here. 

Our breakfasts vary.

 I would call my usual breakfasts semi-sweet with mildly sweet cookies, fruit juice and coffee.  Mr. Thipu prefers a savory breakfast with juice, a bagel with cream cheese, pastrami-smoked salmon,  capers and coffee. 

We also enjoy the occasional waffle breakfast with both savory sausage and maple syrup.  We like the combination of sweet and savory that the syrup adds to the sausage. 

When we last visited Rome, our hotel gave us tickets for breakfasts at a restaurant across the square.  The offerings included scrambled eggs, sausage, slices of cheese, slices of cold meat, juices, cereals, breads, jams coffee and tea. You name it, they offered it. There was always a fruit tart available. 

SIL and her DH prefer dinner left-overs for breakfast.  I'm not thrilled with a slice of pizza and a coke for breakfast but, hey, why not? 
     
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Shea on February 14, 2014, 09:27:44 AM
I love breakfast foods, but can't eat large breakfasts without getting sick (no idea why, it's a fairly recent development too; up until a couple years ago it wasn't a problem). So I normally have tea and oatmeal or cold cereal with fruit. But given the choice, I'd take savory breakfast foods. I love full English or Irish breakfast :D. When I was in Majorca some years ago, the breakfast offered at every B&B I stayed at was fresh soft rolls, cold meats, soft boiled eggs and coffee, and that was also great. When I studied in France, the family I lived with had baguette with butter and jam or Nutella and coffee every morning, which was likewise delicious. Mmmm, fresh baguette and Nutella.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Hmmmmm on February 14, 2014, 10:00:11 AM
Like someone else said, I just like food for breakfast. I'm really not picky. Sometimes I crave something savory like scrambled eggs, a breakfast taco, a sausage kolache, or biscuits and gravy. Other days I want a fresh baked cinnamon pecan roll with a giant coffee.

But if eating a "full" breakfast like what we'd eat on a weekend morning occasionally, I enjoy a combo of sweet a savory.
Omelet with a side of fruit salad
Pancakes with syrup and sausage
Waffles with a side of bacon (or fried chicken wings if I'm in the right place)

One of may favorite local breakfast places serves this:
Fried eggs over a ham & cheese quesadilla, topped with beans, salsa, & sour cream
And it comes with toast made from their homemade wheat toast and even then I'll end up putting some preserves on the toast to balance out the savory of that meal.

Sadly my normal breakfast is a bowl of oatbran or a green smoothy. 
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: lowspark on February 14, 2014, 10:30:22 AM
I posted this in another thread (S/O Worst Meal... Regional favorites who tried and went EWWW!) but I'll repeat part of that post here.

Recently I read a book (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet) for book club that takes place in Seattle in the 1940s and at one point the Chinese father in the book is eating soup for breakfast. Got me to thinking about cultures that eat essentially the same thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner, day in and day out. Whereas here in the US (and obviously in many other parts of the world) we have specific breakfast foods.

I usually have a glass of milk first thing in the morning and then much on fruit or raw veggies periodically till lunch time.

Maple syrup on bacon? Yup. But I don't eat bacon more often then once a blue moon.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: VorFemme on February 14, 2014, 11:08:04 AM
There are a few very sweet things that I enjoy as a "treat" once in a while.  On vacation or maybe once every couple of months at home...

Donuts for breakfast, Grandma's apple coffee cake for breakfast (recipe should be in that area), or a really heavy brunch with either waffles, pancakes, or French toast with strawberries & whipped cream and bacon or sausage on the side while drinking milk AND juice. The kind of thing that you don't eat until after 10 am then eat enough that you don't need a snack until 2 or 3 pm and eat a light, late dinner. 

Unless you have reservations on vacation to go someplace and DO dinner theater, when you'll be eating later and probably heavier than usual and there will be a dessert of some kind.  Possibly wine with dinner....

But that's on vacation - so once or twice a year - because most people don't eat like that every day even on vacation...

The rest of the year?  Small bowl of cereal (oatmeal or cold cereal - depending on the weather) and milk.  Fruit if I'm still peckish and we have bananas or something really simple to grab & eat.  Or a little fruit as a snack later in the day, instead of trying to eat ONLY three meals, I do better with three smaller meals and a snack or two.  One of those needs to have something savory - but not all of them.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Library Dragon on February 14, 2014, 11:14:17 AM
I'm a savory breakfast person.  I adore a traditional Israeli breakfast.  Sardines and cucumbers for breakfast?  Yummy!

Italian breakfasts also tend to be sweet.  Pastries and a cup of cappuccino. 
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: cicero on February 16, 2014, 01:42:07 AM
I'm a savory breakfast person.  I adore a traditional Israeli breakfast.  Sardines and cucumbers for breakfast?  Yummy!

Italian breakfasts also tend to be sweet.  Pastries and a cup of cappuccino.
:o sardines? tradiitional israeli breakfast? the only time i remember eating sardines is when i was in a youth movement and we went camping and sardines seemed to be the go-to breakfast/lunch/supper protein. as i said upthread - traditional israeli breakfasts as served in hotels is a plethora of food (breads, cheeses, smoked fish, eggs, cereal, pastries, vegetables, fruit). at home, people usually eat vegetables or bread with cheese/eggs or semolina porridge or nowadays cold cereal with milk. kids often eat bread and chocolate spread.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Fliss on February 16, 2014, 03:15:23 AM

My partner and I have meals that most people would consider dinner when we get up, and then have really small snacks throughout the day. We also cook once every 3 or so days and refrigerate plates of meals for several days. So breakfast for us is a plate of rice or pasta with mince and veges. Then through the day, little snacks of fruit or bowls of cereal and maybe a sandwich or toast just before bed. It means anything heavy isn't sitting in your stomach all night, and you have food to burn through the day.

Oddly, I find this a great way to lose and then maintain weight, since the calories I need are in use all day.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Library Dragon on February 16, 2014, 03:54:38 PM
I'm a savory breakfast person.  I adore a traditional Israeli breakfast.  Sardines and cucumbers for breakfast?  Yummy!

Italian breakfasts also tend to be sweet.  Pastries and a cup of cappuccino.
:o sardines? tradiitional israeli breakfast? the only time i remember eating sardines is when i was in a youth movement and we went camping and sardines seemed to be the go-to breakfast/lunch/supper protein. as i said upthread - traditional israeli breakfasts as served in hotels is a plethora of food (breads, cheeses, smoked fish, eggs, cereal, pastries, vegetables, fruit). at home, people usually eat vegetables or bread with cheese/eggs or semolina porridge or nowadays cold cereal with milk. kids often eat bread and chocolate spread.

They've always been an offering at breakfast on most of my trips. Not just smoked fish. Started going in the late 70s and usually make it every few years. Now my last trip was three years ago, so it may have changed.  I'm not a big egg person, but I like sakshuka with lots of peppers for breakfast. 
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: cicero on February 17, 2014, 01:31:25 AM
I'm a savory breakfast person.  I adore a traditional Israeli breakfast.  Sardines and cucumbers for breakfast?  Yummy!

Italian breakfasts also tend to be sweet.  Pastries and a cup of cappuccino.
:o sardines? tradiitional israeli breakfast? the only time i remember eating sardines is when i was in a youth movement and we went camping and sardines seemed to be the go-to breakfast/lunch/supper protein. as i said upthread - traditional israeli breakfasts as served in hotels is a plethora of food (breads, cheeses, smoked fish, eggs, cereal, pastries, vegetables, fruit). at home, people usually eat vegetables or bread with cheese/eggs or semolina porridge or nowadays cold cereal with milk. kids often eat bread and chocolate spread.

They've always been an offering at breakfast on most of my trips. Not just smoked fish. Started going in the late 70s and usually make it every few years. Now my last trip was three years ago, so it may have changed.  I'm not a big egg person, but I like sakshuka with lots of peppers for breakfast.
interesting. i seriously haven't seen sardines in years (other than in cans in the supermarket). and shakshuka - yum.

(Next time you're around, give me a call! we'll meet up for some coffee and the best hummus in town!)
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Teenyweeny on February 17, 2014, 06:47:16 AM
A fairly typical UK breakfaster here: cereal (non-sugary) and fruit for breakfast.

On weekends I have something more substantial, (veggie sausage, egg, and beans), but that's only because I have two meals a day at the weekend (I lie in till brunch time).

Donuts, american muffins, and anything like that? Sounds OK, but I imagine I'd be ravenous pretty quickly. My breakfast is around 200 calories and keeps me full all morning. A plain donut is around the same number of calories, but I'd be starving 5 minutes later.

Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: lowspark on February 18, 2014, 08:31:49 AM
I love shakshuka. My mother used to make it all the time when I was a kid and I just made some the other day. Funny thing is, though, I don't think I've ever actually eaten it for breakfast!! I think of shakshuka as lunch or dinner. I know it's eggs, but it's just that we always ate it as lunch or dinner.  ;D

Sometimes when someone talks of fish at breakfast you get the  :o look, but after all, lox & bagels! Yum.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: sweetonsno on February 22, 2014, 11:54:16 PM
I don't particularly enjoy eating in the morning, and most traditional breakfast foods are a bit heavy for me. Generally, though, I prefer savory/salty foods, so if I do want to have a sit-down meal, it will be something on the salty side. However, if I'm stopping to grab a bite on my way to work, it will be a donut.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: Library Dragon on February 23, 2014, 12:30:34 AM
SNIP
interesting. i seriously haven't seen sardines in years (other than in cans in the supermarket). and shakshuka - yum.

(Next time you're around, give me a call! we'll meet up for some coffee and the best hummus in town!)

Would like that. Our two sets of friends have moved on to other assignments, so I need a connection for really good hummus. :)
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: cicero on February 23, 2014, 02:11:01 AM
SNIP
interesting. i seriously haven't seen sardines in years (other than in cans in the supermarket). and shakshuka - yum.

(Next time you're around, give me a call! we'll meet up for some coffee and the best hummus in town!)

Would like that. Our two sets of friends have moved on to other assignments, so I need a connection for really good hummus. :)
great!
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: cabbageweevil on February 24, 2014, 01:10:43 AM
I love shakshuka. My mother used to make it all the time when I was a kid and I just made some the other day. Funny thing is, though, I don't think I've ever actually eaten it for breakfast!! I think of shakshuka as lunch or dinner. I know it's eggs, but it's just that we always ate it as lunch or dinner.  ;D

I'd never heard of shakshuka before reading this thread, so Googled it.  It seems an excellent idea -- I feel inclined to have a go at making it.  One of the Google "hits" was a recipe for the dish, from a lady who spends much time in Israel; she mentioned that it's a thing many people she meets, haven't heard of: "when I say the word, people often give me a strange look -- like I've sneezed, or something".  So I wasn't alone in my ignorance.
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: cicero on February 24, 2014, 05:29:36 AM
I love shakshuka. My mother used to make it all the time when I was a kid and I just made some the other day. Funny thing is, though, I don't think I've ever actually eaten it for breakfast!! I think of shakshuka as lunch or dinner. I know it's eggs, but it's just that we always ate it as lunch or dinner.  ;D

I'd never heard of shakshuka before reading this thread, so Googled it.  It seems an excellent idea -- I feel inclined to have a go at making it.  One of the Google "hits" was a recipe for the dish, from a lady who spends much time in Israel; she mentioned that it's a thing many people she meets, haven't heard of: "when I say the word, people often give me a strange look -- like I've sneezed, or something".  So I wasn't alone in my ignorance.
oh it's definately a very "local" dish - i like this recipe (http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/04/shakshuka/) and i like the addition of feta cheese (though i don't think it's original, it's really nice). some places serve it with mergez (a spicy morrocan sausage).
Title: Re: Sweet or savory breakfast?
Post by: ladyknight1 on February 24, 2014, 08:39:59 AM
Yesterday, my wonderful DH made waffles with pecans and bacon in them, topped with maple whipped cream. They were heavenly.

He served them with eggs and roasted chicken.
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Post by: Specky on February 24, 2014, 09:49:23 AM
Savory and low carb.  Diabetic, so sweet isn't even among the options.
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Post by: sunnygirl on February 24, 2014, 10:45:56 AM
My body can't handle sweet food in the daytime at all, for some reason. I often have unsweetened muesli and blueberries for breakfast which isn't savoury, but it's not especially sweet. I love things like French toast and sugary breakfast cereal but for an evening/late night snack, not at breakfast.

savoury! UK here. The thought of donuts for breakfast makes me feel slightly sicky. :o

My fav. breakfasts
boiled or poached egg with wholmeal toast
wholemeal toast with Marmite (hey you at the back! - I can hear you making retching noises from here)
Weetabix or All-bran (not very sweet wholegrain cereals) with full fat milk
Piece of cheese with grapes
Banana (I suppose that's sort of sweet)
Natural yoghurt with honey (slightly sour yoghurt with sweetness, I suppose)

Very rare - full English of egg, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, toast, maybe some bubble&squeak.
GIMME!
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Post by: cabbageweevil on February 24, 2014, 10:52:10 AM
I love shakshuka. My mother used to make it all the time when I was a kid and I just made some the other day. Funny thing is, though, I don't think I've ever actually eaten it for breakfast!! I think of shakshuka as lunch or dinner. I know it's eggs, but it's just that we always ate it as lunch or dinner.  ;D

I'd never heard of shakshuka before reading this thread, so Googled it.  It seems an excellent idea -- I feel inclined to have a go at making it.  One of the Google "hits" was a recipe for the dish, from a lady who spends much time in Israel; she mentioned that it's a thing many people she meets, haven't heard of: "when I say the word, people often give me a strange look -- like I've sneezed, or something".  So I wasn't alone in my ignorance.
oh it's definately a very "local" dish - i like this recipe (http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/04/shakshuka/) and i like the addition of feta cheese (though i don't think it's original, it's really nice). some places serve it with mergez (a spicy morrocan sausage).
Superb-looking recipe -- thanks ! -- I'll certainly try doing it, including the feta cheese. Overall, it would seem that Israel / Tunisia are onto a really good thing here.
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Post by: CLE_Girl on March 23, 2014, 03:13:45 PM
funny video on Buzzfeed, What the world eats for breakfast:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/video/caroltan/what-does-the-world-eat-for-breakfast (http://www.buzzfeed.com/video/caroltan/what-does-the-world-eat-for-breakfast)

Enjoy!
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Post by: katycoo on March 23, 2014, 06:29:34 PM
Shakshuka appears to be quite similar to Huevos Rancheros
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Post by: ladyknight1 on March 23, 2014, 07:18:14 PM
Now that my DH is gluten free, we have a savory breakfast, since most baked products are off limits.
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Post by: miranova on May 28, 2014, 01:13:59 PM
I don't generally eat breakfast, just coffee. 

However, I do like breakfast foods and will eat breakfast for dinner or will go out in the late morning for it sometimes.  I prefer savory.  A couple of perfectly cooked eggs, toast, bacon and some well made grits would be perfect.  If I'm going to have something sweet it would be french toast with powdered sugar and some kind of fruit on top. But that's rare.  I also like a good tex-mex breakfast sometimes.  Either a breakfast burrito or huevos rancheros hits the spot when I want something I can put hot sauce on.  My Dh loves omelets.  I think they are only ok. 
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Post by: PinkShoes on May 28, 2014, 03:53:03 PM
I have the same thing for breakfast 5 days a week - bacon and eggs cooked in the oven in a muffin tin - then on the weekends I deconstruct it and make a bacon and cheese omelette on a whole wheat English muffin.  I do adore cereal for late night snacks though!
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Post by: Ms_Cellany on May 28, 2014, 03:53:25 PM
SIL and her DH prefer dinner left-overs for breakfast.  I'm not thrilled with a slice of pizza and a coke for breakfast but, hey, why not? 

Leftovers for breakfast are childhood comfort food for me. With four kids close in age, Mom had her hands full enough. When I was in about second grade, she decided we were old enough to feed ourselves in the morning. I love leftovers!
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Post by: ladyknight1 on May 28, 2014, 07:01:45 PM
DS decided on his summer camp breakfast supplements. Bagels, cream cheese, yogurt and coffee. I will be responsible for making the supply runs, but I'm just glad he's eating.  ;D
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Post by: veronaz on May 28, 2014, 07:41:45 PM
With the exception of fresh fruit or juice, I don't care for a sweet breakfast.  I don't eat cold cereal.  Oatmeal or pancakes are okay once in a while in the cold weather.

I like some kind of meat for breakfast - bacon, ham, sausage with toast or a bagel.
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Post by: Dazi on May 28, 2014, 08:46:28 PM
Now that my DH is gluten free, we have a savory breakfast, since most baked products are off limits.
Now as a fellow GF person, my breakfast of choice lately has been full fat Greek yogurt with a sprinkle of Q'ia for super crunches (it's a GF "cereal" of sorts,  Chia/hemp/buckwheat seeds).   If I'm having the plain Q'ia, I'll add fresh fruit, either blueberries or raspberries.  The vanilla cranberry crunch is great on its own. Two warnings on the Q'ia, first is a little goes a long way, second is to make sure you thoroughly rinse the chia seeds completely out of the drain otherwise they can and will sprout in your kitchen sink drain.

I also like cheese and fruit for breakfast.  Though the other day I had a tuna salad sandwich on a slice of GF millet bread and this morning I had humus with vegetable slices. Some mornings I'm lazy and just have a protein shake.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on May 28, 2014, 09:11:09 PM
Corn tortillas have been a wonderful foil for all meals, especially breakfast. Two breakfast tacos are filling and delicious.
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Post by: Carotte on June 05, 2014, 07:54:17 AM
Since reading a recent study my diabetic mother switched from a mainly sweet to a mainly savory breackfast and report feeling the difference. More energy, less blood sugar rollercoaster and she feels more filled for more time.
It was already balanced, and the sweet was fruits with low GI, but she likes the change.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on June 05, 2014, 09:53:58 AM
Starting this weekend, I will be making a breakfast casserole or frittata twice a week for DH and I. We can just heat and eat or take it with us. I'm going to make ones with no grains, lots of vegetables, some lean meat and cheese.
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Post by: Winterlight on June 19, 2014, 12:48:42 PM
Usual workday breakfast is eggs, toast and fruit or oatmeal with milk and fruit. Weekends I do fruit smoothies with 1/2 bagel- Sunday I add hot chocolate with marshmallows.
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Post by: Celany on June 19, 2014, 03:57:58 PM
This is my most difficult question when I go to Sunday brunch!

At brunch, I usually go with someone who likes to share & one of us will get a savory & one will get a sweet, & then we'll share.

During the regular work week, I think I usually end up with some of both. I'll usually eat both some berries, or toast with marmalade & also something savory, like celery dipped in lightly salted balsamic vinegar.
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Post by: Winterlight on June 20, 2014, 11:20:31 AM
I usually go to brunch buffets so I can Eat All The Things.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on June 20, 2014, 03:46:03 PM
That's why I love to cruise!

I'm making breakfast pies for this week.
1 - hot breakfast sausage, green chiles, sauteed onion, eggs, pepper jack cheese.
2 - Prosciutto, sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, smoked mozzarella and eggs.

I add some milk to the eggs so it is a slightly better texture.