You and your breakfast

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Some people say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what do you think people in the UK have for breakfast? Watch and listen to what our speakers have to say.

Well, pretty boring when it comes to breakfast. And I have the same thing every day. I have a bowl of porridge. I make my porridge with milk and I add honey and whatever fruit is around the house, so sometimes fresh fruit, and sometimes dried fruit. And I have a glass of orange juice and a cup of coffee. Or sometimes two cups.

I guess with breakfast, I wear two hats. Sometimes I have toast and tea, an English breakfast tea. And when I'm with my family, it's usually an Indian breakfast, like a paratha, which is a layered flatbread. And I either have it with butter and scrambled eggs, or my favourite is stuffed paratha, which could be with potatoes inside. Or my favourite is actually with white radish. And I have that with masala chai. So it's a bit of a mixed bag for me.

Usually, I have Weetabix. Which is cereal, basically, it's cereal. But then, other weekends, if we have bread in, I'll have toast. But I won't have it before school, because it takes a while to make on the grill.

Toast and butter. Sometimes substantial of a weekend, we can have croissants or pastries. In the UK, I like to treat myself every now and again, and have a full English. So bacon, sausage, beans, fried bread, black pudding. If I can get them, kidneys. Yeah. But it's rare, once a month, if that. But that sets you up for the whole day.

In the last step, you read about the full English breakfast, but in reality most people have a smaller, healthier breakfast and only have a full English breakfast from time to time.

Traditional breakfast What people actually eat
Full English breakfast: fried bacon, sausage, egg, tomato, mushrooms, baked beans and toast Fruit and yoghurt, cereal, toast, porridge

What about you?

  • In your country is there a traditional breakfast? What is it?
  • What do most people have for breakfast? The 'traditional' breakfast? Or something else? How is it different?

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Submitted by Erick20 on Sat, 14/01/2023 - 20:20

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Well, for people who don't have enough time to have break fast at home, in Mexico there are a lot of little food stands where people may find meals like rice pudding, 'atole', and 'tamales', and it's very typical that people consuming this kind of meals when they're going to their jobs.
But I think most people prefer coffee, cereal, fruits and yogurts for breakfast, and I prefer this kind of breakfast too.
Well, for people who don't have enough time to have break fast at home, in Mexico there are a lot of little food stands where people may find meals like rice pudding, 'atole', and 'tamales', and it's very typical that people consuming this kind of meals when they're going to their jobs.
But I think most people prefer coffee, cereal, fruits and yogurts for breakfast, and I prefer this kind of breakfast too.

Submitted by Rouzic on Sun, 08/01/2023 - 17:36

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I forgot to say that for me, I don't eat beakfast, I drink a lot of good green tea and twice a week I take a french breakfast with rusks (? ), butter and delicious raspberry jam and then a coffee or coffee substitute

Submitted by Rouzic on Sun, 08/01/2023 - 17:29

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Hello, In my country, which is France, we usualy eat bread and butter and jam, cups of coffee sometimes with milk or tea (without milk), but younger people have some cereals because it was what they were given when they were children

Submitted by Youcef Oukkal on Tue, 03/01/2023 - 14:15

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Here in Algeria and due to the french colonialism time we now have milk and coffee mixed and with croisent or bread it is not healthy at all but we cant eat much in the morning men in Algeria have black coffee in the morning

I love having croissants for breakfast but they are more of a treat at the weekend. Do you like to eat ones that are filled with jam or just empty ones @Youcef Oukkal? My children love to eat croissants filled with Nutella (a nutty chocolate filling).

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Submitted by Mohamed Elzehiri on Fri, 16/12/2022 - 20:29

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I have a tasty breakfast he is included many things like falafel and eggs

I'd love to have falafels and eggs for breakfast @Mohamed Elzehiri, do you have them in a type of bread like pita breads? I've tried making them but not sure I really do them very well. Do you make your own?
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Submitted by R.Parimala on Fri, 09/12/2022 - 10:43

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I had millet pongal with sambar as a breakfast meal.It fills the stomach.

Submitted by jerryrichardsi on Fri, 02/12/2022 - 11:14

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Our traditional breakfast includes nuts, bananas, hard boiled eggs and a glass of lemon juice. This breakfast is nutritious and filling as well.

It sounds delicious and very healthy @jerryrichardsi! Do you have it every day?

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Submitted by ore on Sat, 26/11/2022 - 14:52

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In my country the breakfast consist in a cereal drink (quaker, punki, habas, quinua, etc) and bread with some stuffing( butter, fries eggs, etc)

Submitted by pamrs8797 on Tue, 22/11/2022 - 07:36

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Well, in my country, we often used to eat rice and soup. But things have been changing like eating various type of foods. I'm not a breakfast person but sometimes I really enjoy eating french toast with herb tea.

Hi @pamrs8797,

I like to break with what are traditional breakfast foods in Europe too. Sometimes I eat a rice dish for breakfast too -- it's light but also filling -- and for a couple of years I had a small salad most days!

But I also eat other more standard things too.

Thanks for your comment!

Kirk
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Submitted by centuricri on Sat, 19/11/2022 - 19:44

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Breakfast in Italy is sweet. Cornetto and cappuccino, the staples of the Italian breakfast.

Hi @centuricri,

Is a cornetto a type of bread or pastry? I love to have a coffee after breakfast ... I'm not sure if that's because I have a sugar in it! ☺
~ Tina 

Submitted by fernanda_s34 on Mon, 14/11/2022 - 08:00

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My country is very diversity and particulary in my city, is common to eat bread with butter, white coffee and some fruit.

Hi @fernanda_s34,
What sort of fruit do you like to have in the morning? 
~ Tina ☺