“Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life.” A. A. Gill
After the regular morning tea or cup of joe; the bustle of the day starts off with “breakfast” what was previously known as “morgenmete” (Old English) i.e. “morning meal”.On the wintry or cold February mornings, there is nothing more delightful than being warmed by breakfast; which is maybe why the month of February has been dedicated to warm breakfast.
The ancient man, from the Neolithic age believed in the concept of baking cereals and consuming them in the morning, especially among peasants as light repast to start the day’s labour. While the Ancient Greek (ariston or akratisma) and Rome (jentaculum or ientaculum) carried on this tradition, the morning meal bacme more lighter, giving way to a more rich midday meal.
Towards the Middle Age, breakfast was frowned on by the nobility believing it to be a meal for the lower or working class. Yet towards the 15th and 16th century, with the introduction of meat and caffeine as well as tea; the morning repast became a necessary indulgence for the nobility as well. From then on breakfast time encourages one to indulge in a heavy or light glucose intake for the day depending on the mood.
From the continental breakfast to English breakfast or simply pancakes, waffles, dosa or muffins; the variety of food served at breakfast can never be termed boring. And for those of us who dread cooking in the mornings, there’s always a warm bowl of cereal or cupcakes to kick-start the day.
“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” John Gun