Earlier this year, my food-loving 4 year-old and I embarked on a virtual culinary tour of the world. Our mission: to get Around the World in 18 Breakfasts.
The idea was that we’d sample traditional morning meals from every corner of the globe and learn a little about the Big Wide World along the way. We bought a map of the world and some toothpick flags. Each week we’d pick a dish, find the relevant flag and put a star sticker on our map.
Eighteen breakfasts, 18 flags and 18 stickers later, our mission is complete. We made a lot of yummy food and a bucketload of mess. We got flour on the walls and egg on the floor. We made the odd dud dish and had to try again. But we had a whole lotta fun in the process.
There was no destination. It was about the journey.
Here is our itinerary, brought to you in pictures (click on the links for the recipes)…
Week 1: Japan – Tamagoyaki
Rolled-up egg – slightly salty, slightly sweet. Who knew omelettes could taste this good?
Week 2: Brazil – Açaí bowl
Fruit smoothie in a bowl. Healthy, easy and yummy – the Fun Food trifecta!
Week 3: USA – Warm custard spoon bread
A deep south delicacy – a little bit time-consuming but worth the wait.
Week 4: Mexico – Huevos rancheros
A must-try for anyone who likes their Mexican food.
Week 5: Lebanon – Manakish with labneh
Labneh, a yoghurt-based cheese, perfectly complements this tasty flatbread.
Week 6: Indonesia – Nasi goreng
A good way to use up leftover rice (and get some veggies into the kids’ breakfast)!
Week 7: Sri Lanka – Coconut roti
Fresh coconut turns this damper-like roti into something amazing.
Week 8: Switzerland – Bircher muesli
Nutty, fruity goodness in a recipe originally created by a Swiss doctor – how could you go wrong?
Week 9: Ukraine – Syrniki
Light, fluffy pillows of melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness topped with berries and sour cream.
Week 10: Spain – Potato and chorizo tortilla
This Spanish tapas favourite doubles as a hearty breakfast.
Week 11: China – Pork and prawn dumplings
These don’t feature in YUM-cha for nothing!
Week 12: Thailand – Coconut sticky rice with mango
Coconut milk and mangoes – a match made in heaven.
Week 13: Canada – Pancakes with maple syrup and bacon
An interesting flavour combo – and a huge hit with the kids!
Week 14: Peru – Quinoa porridge
Cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and honey make this a sweet, spicy variation on traditional porridge.
Week 15: Sweden – Swedish fruit loaf
Fruity with a touch of sour, this healthy loaf uses no sugar or butter.
Week 16: Jamaica – Fried bananas
Not exactly Heart Foundation tick-worthy, but definitely yummy!
Week 17: South Africa – Mealie bread
Real chunks of corn give this bread lots of texture and taste.
Week 18: Finland – Korvapuusti (cinnamon rolls)
A fitting finale – there were definitely no leftovers…
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