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Breakfast:Is it Oriental or Continental?
June 15 (Tuesday) Breakfast Recipes - Travel Man's Breakfast Combo
How would you like your breakfast, Oriental or Continental? When I’ve heard about it onboard a merchant vessel, I was in a dilemma because the American ship pilot ( the one commanding the bearing of the sea routes going to the port of destination) wanted a continental breakfast. Is it just like cooking sunny side-up or scrambled eggs , bread toasts with cheese slices, fruit juice (orange, pineapple or apple juice in tetra pack), sausages, ham or bacon slices with dips and condiments available (like mayonnaise, salt and pepper, Tabasco sauce or tomato ketchup, jam or jelly)?
Well, my guess was right. I just added an alternative drink, like coffee or fresh milk or fresh fruits for additional request. It’s so tiring to deliver these set of breakfast food in a tray if the ship’s elevator is jammed. You have to walk the stairs from Deck A until you reach the door of the ship’s bridge. Still, it's just like serving a buffet breakfast. Whew!
But, it’s different when you cook it at home. Your husband will surely be delighted with the mixture of aroma coming from the ingredients being cooked, the sound of boiling coffee in a percolator, the sizzling bacon in a pan, the smell of a newly toasted bread slices, you can also add a ready-mix for pan cakes plus the kisses you will give to wake him up.
Did I forget something? How about oriental breakfast? Well, for Asians, like me, I’m used to the smell of newly fried rice in the morning. In the economic strata of Filipino families, there’s a vivid difference when you compare the preparation of breakfast on the table. Rice, whether plainly cooked or fried, is a very visible main entrée or ingredient. To complete it for a well-to-do family, you can choose for an array of fried dried fish (usually herring dried fish), boiled or fried eggs, sausages (usually pork or longganisa), pan de sal (salted bread), fruits (usually banana or papaya slices), juices (usually orange juice) and milk, plus the bread spread (mayonnaise or peanut butter or jam). In a far-flung barangays, especially in the mountainous area, you will be offered with boiled sweet potatoes plus the hot barako coffee with brown sugar as dip, with fresh tropical fruits, like carabao mango (native in the Philippines), guava, papaya or banana.
Families who are in a tight budget will just have to settle for commercially prepared noodles or sardines in tomato sauce plus rice for breakfast. As I grow older, I don’t have to eat a very heavy breakfast. I just have to settle with a slices of bread with mayonnaise spread or margarine, hot coffee or sometimes tea or milk and fruit slices to meet my dietary needs. Sometimes, I just have to settle for a non-flavored oatmeal breakfast to control the sugar level in my blood. I’m disease-free but I have to be careful since these days, commercialization of food ingredients (its processes and all) contributed too a lot of health complications. There’s always a scare factor when you eat in a hurry and tend to rely on commercially prepared food for breakfast or any other meals.
For the Hubbalicious audience around the world, here are some of the breakfast recipes I’d like to share. Home-cooking or I may say organic cooking is still a come-on to entice your family to eat healthily.
Travel Man’s Breakfast Combo
Fruit Puree - Fruits in season. The most appropriate ingredient is usually banana which is available year-round. Just buy the long variety (usually the peeling is still green even it’s ripe). It’s rich in potassium. Fruit puree is a good alternate if you have milk allergy in the morning or you don’t drink coffee that much. Put a natural honey on it for a distinct taste.
Sausage Delight - You can choose chicken, pork or beef. Insert cheese slices (usually edam) into the sausages by cutting along the middle part deep enough to put the cheese. Since the sausages are pre-cooked during the commercial production, just heat in the microwave oven for 1-2 minutes, long enough to melt the cheese.
Sliced Bread Pizza - Even children like the twist. With the usual toasting of bread, this is a great alternative. Just thin the slices with rolling pin. Spread the tomato paste or catsup, put bell pepper ring slices, onion rings, mushroom button slices and top with grated cheese. Put in the microwave oven and cook for about 2-3 minutes.
Lemon Grass Tea - Also called fusion tea. Just pound the stem, about three pieces and boil in a liter of water. You can add brown sugar or honey on it and a little lemon juice before you drink it.
Sausages and Sliced Bread Pizza can also be a good appetizer or snacks. Try it Hubbalicious readers, it’s a no-sweat preparation. Bon appetit!