This is the first thing C2 says to me each and every morning as he and his sister slip into our bed for Family Cuddles before the frenetic pace of the daily grind overtakes us. Now, my kids eat like sparrows, so their interest in the breakfast menu baffles me. Anyhow, depending on what day of the week it is, my reply is:
- Bircher muesli
- Soojee (semolina porridge)
- Toast with butter and jam (for C1) or Nutella (for C2)
- Baked beans on toast
- Quinoa porridge with dates and walnuts
- Eggs with the works (weekends)
- French toast (weekends)
|What's for brekkie? French Toast with Rhubarb Compote|
However, today I took a page out of my Nana Evelyn's book...
You see, when I was little and lived under my Nana's roof, my cousins and I would often ask Nana about lunch as she chopped and stirred in the kitchen. Our interest was piqued earlier on when the maid arrived to grind the masala for the curry. Sitting on our haunches besides her, we'd watch the ginger-garlic-chillies and assortment of spices and herbs being slowing but systematically being pulverised to a smooth paste on the black paata (grinding stone); mesmerised by the rhythmic back and forth, back and forth, back and forth motion....
“What's for lunch, Nana?” we’d inquire.
- Kichidi with vindaloo mince
- Potato chops with pea pulao
- Beef pepper curry
- Chowli (black eyed peas) with cutlets
- Pomfret or prawn curry (it had to be fish on Fridays as we adhered to the 'abstinence from meat' rule)...
But, once in a blue moon, just when we'd least expect it, Nana, in a deadpan voice would say, "Fried farts and dried onions."
And return to her cooking.
We'd look at each other a tad uncertain; a bit incredulous...
Had too much wax clogged our eardrums? Had our Nana just said "fart" out loud?? How could this be???
This coming from her was almost... blasphemous!
So tell me, what do you usually eat for breakfast – is it same-same everyday or do you crave variety like my family does? Do you recall anything about your grandma's cooking – good, bad or funny? Does your family have secret family recipes? Do you cuddle up with your kids before the day begins or while tucking them into bed at night?