The favourite breakfast that will finish my seventeen favourite breakfasts series is particularly well associated with Christmas for me. It’s not a breakfast that brings back fond memories from my youth – it only began for me as a newly-married man, so it is a breakfast that comes from Carol’s rich culinary tradition – corn porridge.
This Christmas morning, 2014, in Mississauga, Marilyn cooked up the white corn to make a most delicious corn porridge. For want of corn porridge in these recent years, I was looking around for milk for my porridge to swim in while everyone else had proceeded to the table with their bowls. Part of the richness of corn porridge is that it is made with con-densed milk, so no 1 or 2%, skim or homogenized need be applied.
Perfect start for this perfect Christmas with family.
Marriage might be the biggest step of faith that a human-being takes. Compared to the step of faith of believing in God, marriage is deciding that you are going to link your future to a person that you have only recently become acquainted with. God, on the other hand, if you believe what I believe, had initiated a relationship with you and was absolutely committed to you from the moment you were conceived. You became aware of his existence years after God knew about you and then you decided for any one of many great reasons that you would link your future to God. It’s one small step for man, but it seems to me to be a perfectly reasonable step to take to commit to someone who has known you as long as you were.
Even if you married the girl next door, at some point you took a risk in thinking that if you lived a little closer together it would make for a better relationship.
For my beautiful Carol, the man with the perfectly contented grin next to her might turn out to be so perfectly full of himself that he wouldn’t give the appropriate time-of-day every day to developing his relationship with her. That happens in marriage. Marriage relationships are work – who is to say that this grinning man wouldn’t turn out to be too lazy to do that work?
I love this picture because that girl with her both feet standing on a hot driveway next to me took that step of faith in me and it is turning out fine. So fine!
In the summer of 2014, I began my 17 favourite breakfasts postings on Facebook. I posted them 1-at-a-time as Facebook status updates. I think this series (still on-going as of August 18, 2014) was the main impetus for starting this “Ted’s ideas on Food and more” blog. I created material that is original and I think “yummy and nutritious” – why not post it on a blog so that it is easier to access with Permalinks and the like. This isn’t a list of breakfast recipes. Some of them describe an environment where a breakfast was just perfect-for-me. Others describe a regular routine that I’ve maintained most of my life – like sabbath-respecting favourite #5. Feel free to post your comments on any of these “17 favourite breakfasts postings” or better yet, start your own breakfast postings and I’ll post the link to your show.
Some of the initial 17 favourite series are short (like Status updates ; ) ) so I’m listing one and two here together in this one post:
ONE: My 17 favourite breakfasts list begins today with perhaps the simplest one: a crusty roll, the ones the Portuguese bakeries in my neighbourhood make, along with marmalade and a café allongé (make mine Nespresso). This breakfast inspired by a first “continental breakfast” experience when I was age 16 and my high school band traveled to West Germany and Austria. Since then I have come to appreciate both coffee and the simplicity of marmalade on a bun.
TWO: Second in the 17 favourite breakfast series: Ackee and saltfish. This is not one I’m going to fix up in my own kitchen. I miss my mother-in-law’s great breakfasts but if I am in Montego Bay, you can find me at the Pelican in the morning eating ackee and saltfish.