The famous British writer William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) used to say: “If you want to eat in England, have breakfast three times a day.
According to today’s understanding of nutrition, a typical English breakfast can be divided into three meals. The typical porridge, a warm oat dish, is accompanied by crispy toast with bitter-sweet orange jam and spicy tea, also yolk soft fried egg with bacon, baked beans, finger-length sausages and grilled tomatoes.
This opulent meal dates from a time when people needed a lot of food energy for heavy physical work. For most, however, the lush abundance corresponded more to the wish than to reality: they were happy to get something satisfying in the stomach at all in the morning. This original need can become a virtue for us today, if we select from the quantity of the offer those meals, which prepare our stomach friendly for the new day. That corresponds then even to the ideas of the Breakfast (English for breakfast), the chamfer breaking after the night rest.
Those who have little appetite in the morning can make do with tea, perhaps supplemented by buttered toast with delicious jam. This does not burden and stimulates the spirits in the best way again. The tea provides the invigorating teain, which is identical to the caffeine in coffee, and the sweet toast provides the brain with everything it needs to produce the feel-good hormone serotonin.
Queen Victoria (1819-1901) already ate only toast with orange jam from bitter oranges with tea. The jam, which is still popular today, is because of a misdelivery of these bitter and raw inedible fruits instead of sweet oranges from Seville to Scotland. Instead of rejecting them, the resourceful wife of the merchant came up to cook jam from the appetite-stimulating and digestive fruits.
The warm porridge helps frosty natures in particular. A portion of ground oats, oat flakes, is soaked in double the amount of water and a pinch of salt in the evening, boiled once in the morning and served with milk or cream. No other grain is as digestible as oats. Its high content of vitamins, minerals and vegetable oils make it an all-round valuable source of nutrients. It contains cheerful substances, the so-called “wake-up fireplaces”, which promote the urge to an act of man, which is also proven by the folk wisdom “He stings the oats!
If your appetite focuses on hearty dishes in the morning, you will find everything your heart desires in an English breakfast. Or he combines two meals: Brunch, a word combination of breakfast and lunch, has long since become a favourite habit for many people, on weekends - with guests. It can be celebrated, as Johanna Schopenhauer (1766-1839, German writer and mother of Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher) observed on the island as early as 1808: “Everything happens with solemn peace, which the English like to give their meals, for they may have no other thought than enjoyment”.