Coffee grinder running. The smell of freshly ground beans. My live-in barista in the kitchen. Sound of steam coming from the espresso machine – long bursts, short blasts. Our neighbour must hate us. I set the table. Whatever I find in the kitchen cabinets and the fridge. We did some shopping earlier this week, so today it’s müsli, bananas, soy yoghurt, some raisins and cashews. The almond milk froth forms a heart on the cappuccino. My barista’s latte art repertoire also includes a heavy metal skull and a Mona Lisa smile. Quite the extremes.
I am crazy about breakfast. I love it so much that I have it every day. Why limit this happiness generating event to weekends only? If you can enjoy it 365 mornings a year, why opt for 104?
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. You would assume it had a positive effect on metabolism. There are recent studies that have shown that eating breakfast improves cognitive abilities. Other studies have indicated that when compared with breakfast skippers, breakfast eaters have lower BMI and reduced fatigue. I guess that’s why most parents make sure their kids eat at least some cereal in the morning, even if they happily skip it themselves.
The point about my breakfast affection is not its health aspects. Mere juices and smoothies are definitely not my cup of tea. I happily indulge in fresh bread and occasionally, pain aux raisin, muffins or other foods higher in refined carbohydrates, before hitting the road. My recent favourite is Speculoos Spread. For a peanut allergy sufferer, it’s absolute heaven. I get special deliveries from Belgium. Fortunately the print on the nutritional facts label on the jar is far too fine for my aging eyes. I can merrily smear a generous portion on a piece of toast.
As long as I get my cappuccino, the food is largely secondary. I really enjoy the morning routine. Sharing a moment with the loved ones before embarking on the adventures the world has to offer today. It’s almost as if having breakfast sets the tone for my happiness level for the day. Rise and shine, this is Bikram Yoga Day #23!