Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Breakfast Of Champions (And Truck Drivers)

You really didn't think I was going to write about what I eat for breakfast, did you? Well, that's what you get when a certain truck driver (me) has been driving non-stop for a week and hasn't had anything really interesting to write about.

First I'd like to say that since I have a weird schedule, meaning I could get up at four in the morning, ten in the morning or two in the afternoon, breakfast falls at different times for me. No matter what time I wake up, I do not like to eat immediately. Ed, on the other hand, likes to have an bacon, egg and cheese sandwich in his hand before his feet even hit the floor; I need at least thirty minutes, if not an hour, to get "in the mood" for food. And whenever I wake up, that to me, is my breakfast time.

So here are my Top Ten Favorite Breakfast Foods, in no particular order:

1. A Plain Bagel: Toasted or not, depends on my mood, with real butter. My second bagel choice, if they have it, is a Jalapeno Bagel with Berry (strawberry, blueberry, mixed berry) cream cheese. I know it sounds weird, but it's amaaaaazing. Accompanied by orange juice, tea or if at Dunkin' Donuts, an iced latte.

2. Cottage Cheese and Fruit: My favorite cottage cheese (and I go out of my way to buy it) is Michigan Brand. If I can't find that, I'll settle for a small curd, on the dryish side cottage cheese. My fruit of choice is usually pineapple chunks, but I also LOVE cantaloupe and will often do canned pears - Del Monte brand only.

3. Sausage, Egg & Cheese McMuffin or Biscuit: If I eat at McDonald's, this is my choice. BUT...I always ask for the "folded egg" which is the one that normally comes on the biscuit. They will put it on the english muffin if you ask. You don't even have to ask nicely, but I usually do.

4. Oatmeal: Oh, I love oatmeal. Thick, gloppy and HOT. I do either plain or maple and brown sugar. Then I decorate it with pecans and pieces of apples.

5. Cold Cereal: There are too many to choose from, but some of my favorites are Cheerios, Wheat Chex, Rice Krispies, Kashi and Frosted Mini-Wheats. If I'm in the mood for a sugary breakfast cereal, my staple is Cocoa Puffs but I have been known to dabble in Fruit Loops, Applejacks and Corn Pops.

6. Yogurt: My favorite is Fage Greek Yogurt; I will eat no other kind of greek yogurt. I've tried Yoplait, Beblos, Oink and they all suck. As Fage's website says...theirs is "ridiculously thick." I either buy the pre-portioned ones (love the blueberry best!) or buy the big tub and mix in my own fruit; blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are on the top of my list.

If I don't buy Fage, then I get Yoplait; blueberry, strawberry, peach or plain. Or, the THICK vanilla. "Light" is disgusting and the "whipped" is just YAK. It's like eating foam. Don't do it.

7. Waffles: Honestly, I love frozen waffles. Plain, buttermilk, homestyle, blueberry; I'll even do whole grain. Add butter and maple syrup and I'm set. If I'm at a restaurant, I might go for the Belgian waffle, but plain, no fruit or whipped cream crap on top. Plain, with butter and syrup. If I had to choose (and I know this sounds crazy), I'd choose frozen. I know. It's wrong.

8. French Toast: Anytime, anywhere. I don't think I've ever had a bad piece of french toast. I love when they make it with thick Texas Toast, but honestly, I think you could probably dip a piece of cardboard in egg, cook it up nice and golden brown, sprinkle it with cinnamon and a touch of powdered sugar, and I might not even know the difference.

9. Cold Pizza or Pasta: Oh, cold pizza. I sometimes will buy a whole pie even if Ed and I only have a few slices, just so I'll have leftover. It's great for a midnight snack, but I love it even better for breakfast. As for pasta, I'll eat almost any kind of pasta (in red sauces only) leftover, but my absolute favorite is ravioli. They are the devil.

10. Cold Chinese Food: This one is rare, since we only do Chinese maybe once a month or once every other month. But cold leftover Chinese food knows my name and calls it loudly when it's been stuck in the fridge overnight. The best when I'm on the road is P.F. Cheng's because they use quality ingredients an d they're consistent. But I would drive out of my way for a crab rangoon from #1 Chinese in Hermitage, TN. I hoard them.

What are some of your breakfast choices? And what is your absolute favorite?

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1 comment:

Pat said...

Eggs, sunny side up and runny. Toast with butter. Goetta, flat and toasty. Maybe, some hash browns, but that's a bit much, right?

Goetta? google it.