Best 10 Breakfast Traditions From The Globe
Breakfast is famously quoted as being the most important meal of the day; and rightly so, it breaks the overnight fast and replenishes your body with the glucose and nutrients to set you up for the day ahead. In the words of John Gunther, “all happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast”; but breakfast looks different in different countries and across different cultures. We’ve taken a look at 10 of our favourite breakfast traditions from around the world.
Ethiopia : Genfo
In Ethiopia, you’ll find the vast majority of people enjoying a dish called Genfo as their ‘qurs’ (which means breakfast in the official language of Amharic). Genfo is traditionally made by mixing barley flour with boiling water until a porridge-like dough is formed; a mound is impressed into the centre of the porridge which is then filled with clarified butter and a range of spices to suit the palette.
Iran : Halim
Halim is a relatively simple yet flavoursome breakfast tradition in Iran. Halim is a mixture of wheat, cinnamon, butter, sugar which is cooked with shredded meat in whole cooking pots. The key in Iranian breakfast culture is to ensure the stomach is full and the bodies are fuelled with glucose for the day ahead.
Bulgaria : Banitsa
In Bulgaria however, things are a little more picturesque where the traditional breakfast is Banitsa. Banitsa is a pastry made up of layering whisked eggs and cheese between sheets of filo pastry before being baked and served either hot or cold with a plain yoghurt.
Costa Rica : Gallo Pinto
To us Brits, Gallo Pinto sounds like a bottle of wine that we might find in our local wine bar; and maybe it is, but in Costa Rica, Gallo Pinto is a traditional breakfast made up of rice and beans cooked together, and served alongside fried eggs and plantain seasoned with cilantro.
Finland : Puuro
Aamiainen, which is Finnish for breakfast, is traditionally a hearty, warm and filling bowl of puuro. As you would expect with the traditionally cold mornings in Finland, Puuro is a hot porridge that is normally served with a little frozen berries, butter and a sprinkling of sugar.
Australia : Vegemite
It may sound like marmite, it may look like marmite, it may even be as divisive as marmite; but a traditional Aussie breakfast wouldn’t be complete with a healthy serving of Vegemite on toast. Vegemite on buttered toast is very much the traditional Australian breakfast on the go. The perfect combination between carbs and flavour.
Columbia : Changua
Try saying it when you are drunk and you may have as many issues as if you were to try and say it while sober, but a classic Columbian breakfast dish traditional to the Cundinamarca region is Changua. Changua translates roughly to egg and milk soup, which is a fairly accurate description of its ingredients. The egg is poached in a milk, spring onion, and cilantro broth for 4 to 5 minutes or until the egg starts to form its semi-solid shape.
Ghana : Waakye
Despite the all year round heat, traditional Ghanian breakfast cuisine is a dish served hot called waakye. In essence, the waakye is rice and black eyed beans and/or cow beans cooked together with red dried sorghum leafs and flavoursome limestone. Waakye, from the Hausa language, simply means ‘beans’ and has been a centerpiece in Ghanian breakfast for almost 300 years.
Russia : Caviar
As extravagant and unusual as it may sound, one of the traditional breakfasts that Russians have enjoyed for many many years is caviar. This may seem like an odd choice of breakfast, but caviar (fish eggs) is actually a breakfast food in its mother Russia. Served over a small folded crepe or blini and sometimes with a light smearing of butter, caviar is a daily ritual for many a Russian family.
England : Fry Up
How could we wrap up our favourite breakfast traditions from around the globe without including our own. Some call it a Fry Up, others call it a Full English or a British Breakfast; but whatever you call it, this is a tradition in British culture that has reached across the globe (largely because we’ve taken it with us on holidays – let’s be honest). The fry up is classically made up of Sausage, Bacon, Eggs, Black Pudding, Baked Beans, Toast, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Fried Bread and Potatoes. The only thing to consider when preparing to tuck into a British breakfast is whether you’ll be squirting Brown Sauce or Red Sauce on top.
But whichever is your sauce of choice to accompany your Full English Breakfast, make sure it is attached to a Saucestream, so that you can help us on our mission to reduce the level of single-use plastic, and improve the environmental sustainability of each kitchen around the country.