These days we have plenty of choice for the first meal of the day. From easy, on-the-go breakfasts like oatmeal muffins and banana smoothies, to leisurely weekend brunching with pancakes and softly scrambled eggs, eating well in the morning sets you up for the day.
Today it is often described as the most important meal, but in the medieval period, only field workers ate before work – usually a slice of dark bread and a hunk of cheese.
Breakfast on the go
Sometimes busy mornings mean you don’t have time to sit down, but you can still
enjoy breakfast on the go. Boiled eggs, scones, oatmeal muffins and smoothies are
all quick ideas that can be easily eaten on your commute or at your desk.
Getting organised can save you time. For an easy breakfast, overnight oats can be made in the evening and popped into the fridge until you leave in the morning. For a gluten-free, vegan breakfast, use free from porridge oats and add almond milk, chia seeds, nuts and blueberries.
A brief history of breakfast
From the Middle Ages to the present day
Edited from an original article A Brief History of Breakfast by Dr Annie Gray in Waitrose & Partners Food magazine, January 2019. For more articles and recipes from the world's best chefs and food writers, download the Waitrose Food app.