today's forage

first breakfast

Recently read a post by Darcie Friesen Hossack wherein she refers to Hobbit Day, an annual celebration invented by her and her chefhusband, during which they not only watch a series of hobbity movies but eat hobbitly, that is, they devour seven meals, beginning with First Breakfast, and including [no surprise] Second Breakfast, and [very civilized, this] Elevenses, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner and Supper.

I glommed onto the idea immediately. Any excuse for more eating.

Much to my own surprise, I rarely have First and Second Breakfasts but today, as I enjoy this first cool morning of summer while reading [and this is purely co-incidental; in fact it was the reading that accounted for the visit to her blog] Darcie’s book, Mennonites Don’t DanceI find myself in the need of… something before Real Breakfast. [I dare you to read this book and not get hungry.]

So I begin as I begin most things, with tea. Blackberry, I decide. I go out to the garden and pick some leaves, the dew still on them. Then stir a teaspoon of bee pollen (fresh and local) into goat milk yoghurt and slather a slice of toasted Ezekiel bread with unpasteurized honey.

Later there will be eggs.

In fact, having made this admirable start, I may eat hobbitly for the whole day.

And I know just what I’ll bake for Afternoon Tea.

Here’s to the power of blogs and books and hobbits of course.

And not forgetting the dew on our tea leaves…

Update: I’ve decided to do it… I’m a hobbit for a day, at least diningly so.

Second breakfast— egg with sauteed beet tops, leeks and jalapeno pepppers

Elevenses— a handful of grapes

Lunch— Roasted eggplant and zucchini salad with kale, garlic and purslane, drizzled with lemon juice and olive oil.

Afternoon TeaCherry Almond Torte

Dinner— Perogies with sauteed leeks and fresh garden thyme

Supper— Bison burger with green bean salad. (I think I got this backwards; I think supper should be a lighter meal than dinner… I have so much to learn about being a hobbit.)

This entry was published on September 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm. It’s filed under food and books, le petit dejeuner and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “first breakfast

  1. Seven meals would be a bit time consuming, though great for holidays such as Hobbit Day, but in Spain I noticed that their equivalent to Canada’s Food Rules states “Eat five good meals a day”.
    By the way I have a food blog that includes some foraging at

  2. No idea what ‘purslane’ is, but if you’re chowing down on it Carin it must be wonderful … and good for you too. But, I confess your most appealing Hobbity meal is ‘Afternoon Tea’, and if you made that delicious Cherry Almond Torte, then I would like sharezies on the recipe. 🙂

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