Monday, July 23, 2012

Family Breakfast


Saturday morning breakfast at my in-laws house is always an event to look forward to.  The concept of family breakfast is relatively new to me: growing up with my family in America, breakfast was always sort of a fend-for-yourself milk and cereal affair.  Here in Germany it's a completely different story. Saturday Breakfasts happen late: 10:30 or 11:00, giving us enough time to sleep in, mosey around in our pajamas for a while and then head over to the bakery to pick up freshly baked rolls.

I have to say, when it comes to bread: Germany 1, America 0.

We had a lot of fun this past weekend at Steven's Parents, and I must say the family breakfast was a highlight. Steven is one of five, three of which are married (I'm the third spouse! Hurrah!) and his older siblings have kids of their own. That means that thirteen people crowded around a table just big enough for all of us (we check our need for personal space at the door) and spent two hours sitting and talking together over fresh rolls, blueberry pancakes, eggs, and the most amazing freshly squeezed juice made from apples, oranges, carrots, grapes and kiwis. Everything was delicious and I had the best time. I am really grateful to have such an incredible family so near to me.

What about you? Are breakfasts a big deal or do you just grab it and go? 



13 comments:

Ginny said...

during the week, breakfast is no big deal here. but we really do celebrate it on weekends. on saturday we usually head out and enjoy having breakfast/brunch at one of our favorite places and on sunday we sleep in and have a biiig breakfast either in our garden or in bed! :-)

Lisa said...

Sounds divine....how about a recipe for the chocolate blueberry pancakes!!

Kristina said...

I absolutely believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I try to enjoy it everyday and to have something healthy and nutritious. I prefer to get up an hour early than not having enough time for breakfast :) Glad you get to experience Germany's breakfast traditions. I used to miss it a lot while living in the States :)

engquist said...

Amen on Germany winning on the bread! We have a layover in Frankfurt next month just long enough for me to sneak in some brotchen! Breakfast for us is any time of day affair, especially when there's the option of Swedish pancakes. (:

Ginny said...

oh, and i have to add: the bread in germany (or austria, in my case) is definitely better than in the states. it was one of the things i missed the most when living in san francisco! they do have tartine or whole foods, but it´s just not the same! :-)

Celeste said...

We get together for breakfast on some Sunday's a month. Not a set date it's more like my mom calling us over to come enjoy anything from enchiladas to fried eggs potatoes retried beans home made tortillas. It's the best!! Always love going over there for breakfast!

Sandra said...

I agree that german bread is the best <3 When I lived in Japan it was one of the things I missed the most :)

Tere Shake said...

um! yum! those pancakes look delish. breakfast is so my favorite meal. if only it looked like that everyday.

found you from Gentri's blog.:)

Mimi Finerty said...

That food looks amazing, definitely dont think I could resist those pancakes. For me breakfast is split activity, on weekdays its oat crackers and Philadelphia cheese with coffee, on weekends its pancakes, eggs, bacon, toast, porridge with fresh fruits you know the type. Gotta love the weekend breakfasts! And the big family gatherings which always centre around food. We have a lot of them here in Cyprus too and they are my favourite! :)

Agnieszka said...

Loved your post and the photos. Family breakfasts are fantastic and very relaxing. Germans and Dutch are good at it - whenever I went there, breakfast was a feast fit for a king :) And fun too!

Kelsea @ Pink Wonderland said...

Oh, that sounds so nice! How fortunate to be able to share in such a hearty gathering! We only did an occasional family breakfast (often a home-cooked Mother's Day Brunch for my mom) but we did family dinners whenever possible. No books, TV, or any other kinds of distractions allowed. I can't say it was always pleasant, but I'm glad we did!

Erin Winkel said...

Oh what I would do for all that delicious food! I think having meals together as a family is so, so important. Right now I seem to be the cook for sometimes five sometimes 20 people at our volunteer house in Honduras. It's mostly just all crazy. I am looking forward to the day when I can cook for my own little family and spend that time together. Thanks for sharing!

Alex Butts said...

Germans totally win the bread war, I agree, but I think the US wins the rest of the breakfast war.

Those pancakes look delish though!

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