Breakfast And Tolkein.

This post was originally inspired by a post by Cathy on her adventures with breakfast.

In that post I had commented about my own experience with breakfast and I want to share some insights on that with my other readers.

Right from childhood, I was taught to leave home in the mornings with a full belly. I carried a light lunch in a tiffin box to school, despite having which at around noon, I would be hungry by the time I would return home.

That brainwashing came in handy when I started to work as a salesman when I was not certain whether I would be any where near a decent eatery to have a meal and so would have a big brakfast before starting the day. If I did get to eat lunch, that was a bonus! Whenever possible, my breakfast would have been something like this.

I carry that habit even now and my biggest meal is the breakfast but not quite as elaborate as the one shown above. On the odd occasion that I do not have the quantity and the quality that I am comfortable with, I feel uncomfortable throughout the day, even if I catch up with a good lunch later.

Recently my friend Nandu and his lovely wife Praveena had come to Pune for a short visit and the three of us had breakfast together. To say that I had my usual breakfast would be unfair as we spent a lot of time talking and paid little attention to eating. Here is a photograph taken after the breakfast and I am sure that you will see that all three of us look hungry alright.
Nandu Pune.Feb'13 084

I introduce that day here to highlight another aspect to that day. I was traveling to Chennai that afternoon and was on a no frills airline and would not have lunch at the normal time. So, on my return home after meeting Nandu and Praveena, I had my usual breakfast. Yes, a second breakfast. I was not therefore uncomfortable till late in the evening when I was able to have dinner. I was grilled by our daughter in law Ranjani about what I did for lunch and I told her about my double breakfast which came in handy to remember some stories for my grand nephews about Hobbits.

That little discussion on the second breakfast took me back to those good old days when in corporate life we used to have breakfast meetings when it soon became corporate lore that I would only leave home/hotel after a breakfast and whatever I had subsequently was the second breakfast. Some folks came up with the name Bilbo Baggins for me for that reason. Naturally, I came to know about that much later but was quite amused with that very apt description. It therefore was a disappointment when my brother Barath decided to call me Gandalf the Grey last year. And that happened as a consequence of Conrad the TOF deciding that he was my ring bearer!

See how breakfast and Tolkein have played such important roles in my life? How can I be without breakfast? Or for that matter people in my life straight out of Tolkein?

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28 Responses to Breakfast And Tolkein.

  1. Nick says:

    I never have more than a very light breakfast – a bowl of granola and some bread and marmalade. And then I don’t eat again until lunchtime. My only exception is when I’m on holiday and I eat a huge buffet breakfast that keeps me going for most of the day.

    I think there are still plenty of people here who eat the traditional fried breakfast in your photo. And they have the pot bellies to prove it!
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    • Rummuser says:

      I don’t have that kind of breakfast any more Nick. I have not had it since 1998!..I do not drink beer either, but I sport a nice pot belly as can clearly be seen in the photo. I wonder why!

  2. Nandu Pillai says:

    Apologies if we provided you with a frugal , albeit healthy , breakfast at the Club ! But I must admit that it only I who has that “lean and hungry look” after that ! I can assure you that if they had the Cholesterol Bomb of a breakfast that you are used to we would have had it ( I thought you were Vegetarian ) !

    • Rummuser says:

      I thought that I would mention that but, truth prevailed. I bet that Praveena will agree.

      I am. That breakfast was during my corporate days!

  3. Bunc says:

    Agh, second breakfasts. Very much to be recommended if you have the time and someone to cook them for you. For many years I subscribed to the Dellboy school of thought when it came to breakfasts – “Breakfast is for wimps”. Largely I should add not out of any real conviction that breakfast was a bad thing but simply because I often was running so late for work that I didnt have time. Breakfast would then consist of a can of stimulant drink such as Red bull ( caffeine overdose in a tin).
    Now as I evolve into a fat married man I find that not only does my wife make me second breakfasts but also quite often second lunches and second or third teas and suppers.
    I used to eat rather large breakfasts when I was often staying at fancy hotels but I think much of that was simply to make the most of something the bosses were paying for.
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    • Rummuser says:

      Welcome back Bunc. You would have surely appreciated the Bilbo Baggins bit!

      We are hail fellows well met after all. Second any meal!

  4. Ursula says:

    Whilst I will lovingly cook anyone any breakfast as desired it’s not the meal for me. My stomach, first thing in the morning busy chewing adrenaline it pours out in anticipation of the day, is not open for business until, say, lunchtime. Come dinner and I am all yours.

    Both you and Nandu cut a fine figure, if in different dimensions.

    Bon appetit,

    PS One can only speculate as to what the Ringbearer has for breakfast. Though I do have a pretty good idea. Despite the fact that he is American.
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    • As Conrad the TOF, which really does sound like some eccentric character out of Tolkien … which is not altogether innacurate … I must ask, Ursula, what would you guess that I eat for breakfast. I likewise think you will get pretty close to the mark!
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      • Ursula says:

        What you have for breakfast, Conrad? Me of course. Why do you think you look so lean as indeed does Lady Foss?

        I imagine you a wholesome creature with a good measure of discipline thrown in for mental and physical nourishment. And, remembering photos of your father, genes do (once more) appear to play a role. Lucky us.

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    • Rummuser says:

      I know many others who prefer to skip breakfast and do not seem to be affected in any way by that. If it works, why not?

      American ring bearers can be persistent. He has responded to you separately.

  5. Grannymar says:

    If I eat that pictured breakfast, I would not need food for the remainder of the day. Here in Northern Ireland it is called an ‘Ulster Fry’ or a ‘Heart Attack on a plate’!
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    • Rummuser says:

      When I was comfortable eating that kind of a breakfast, no one knew of things like heart attacks due to such foods! I seem to have survived without a heart attack so far!

  6. tammy j says:

    I like everything that is bad for me. i’m a potato person.
    hashbrowns, baked and loaded, tater tots, oven fried . . . so bad.
    my food patterns are pathethic. maybe i’m a hobbit adoptee.
    I like the traditional white clothes you are wearing. beautiful!
    disguises your self described supposed pot belly nicely!
    I may resort to that style myself.
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  7. Looney says:

    Yes, only a Western breakfast will do. I had skipped breakfast for many years, but my wife has determined that I will eat one whether I like it or not. Good thing it isn’t porridge with dried shredded fish and pickled vegetables.

    Gandalf the Grey seems appropriate to me. Your staff just needs to be a bit longer and you need the correct hat.
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  8. How about a picture of the breakfast you eat now? I’ve never been able to eat much at one time, so when I traveled I would always bring along healthy “emergency food” to eat when I needed replenishing. I agree that eating big breakfasts would have been more convenient.
    Cheerful Monk recently posted..Not a Good Match?

    • Rummuser says:

      What is constant in my daily breakfast is yogurt. I usually have it with rotis, or multi grainbread slices or rice depending on what is left over from the day before and fruit. Fruit can be whatever is available but almost on a daily basis I have one or two plantains.

  9. Maxi says:

    Great story to start my day, Rummy. Here in America I was also taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

    Gotta tell ya, you look real spiffy in your outfit. There is probably a “name” for it but I don’t know what it is so I’m calling it an outfit.
    blessings ~ maxi
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  10. Max Coutinho says:

    Hi Rummy,

    You look good. I love Praveena’s clothes (yours too).
    About Breakfast: my favourite meal of the day. However, mine is not similar to the British breakfast, mine is continental breakfast (homemade bread, cheese, yoghurt with muesli, coffee). But what I like most about it is the conversation over breakfast – they are always delightful.

    How can anyone be without breakfast?
    Loved this post, Rummy. Lovely!

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  11. Cathy in NZ says:

    I had to re-read my Weet-bix breakfast story 🙂

    It would have been a miracle at boarding school if we had even been offered bacon and eggs, let alone anything else on that smart plate. I think probably baked beans for evening…

    Because what I have not blogged about was what was eaten at midday and why I have a great deal of difficulty with eating slowly 🙂 now 🙂
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  12. Well, I’ll call you Bilbo, if that’s alright? 🙂
    I am a fan of big breakfasts; in fact, I love meeting friends for breakfast. Too bad we weren’t closer.
    Is that a new blog for our esteemed leader?

  13. wisewebwoman says:

    That looks like the full Oirish there my friend, are you sure this pic was taken in Indja?
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    • Rummuser says:

      We were a colony once dear. There are more British breakfast eaters in India than perhaps in Britain today. I know one who has kippers for breakfast at least once a week.

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