Breakfast Is My Healthiest and Heaviest Meal
EAT BREAKFAST LIKE A KING
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for me. I complete my cycling or workout at the gym in the morning and cook something to eat before I head to work. I prefer to keep my brekkie healthy but it purely depends on my mood. Since I acquired the interest in cooking since 2008, I have slowly progressed to cooking different food I have observed from travelling to a few countries in the world and from the internet. Yes, I tend to be very experimental and most of the time prefer tweaking recipes to suit my tastes and preferences. I have stopped frequenting my visits to restaurants as eating out has become expensive and most importantly because of my passion in cooking. Cooking gives me a lot of happiness. Over the years, I inculcated the habit of baking too. I am definitely not a great cook or baker but it definitely gives me satisfaction and am happy about it.
MY AVAL UPMA RECIPE
Clean and wash aval (a.k.a Poha) thoroughly in water.
Heat oil in a pan, urad dal and fry till golden, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
Sprinkle turmeric and salt.
Add Coriander leaves.
You can make Aval Upma with ingredients of your choice as your palette can be different to others.
BREAKFAST IN THE PHOTO
Cut strawberries, apples, carrots, and grapes from Bigbasket.com
Mulberry Yoghurt (Greek) from Epigamia
I must confess that I hated eating Yoghurt for most of my life. But in 2008, when I started eating flavoured yoghurts from Müller.
BRIEF HISTORY OF Müller
Theobald Alfons Müller, a Bavarian from Deutschland (Germany in English), took over his father’s business in 1971 with just 4 employees. Within 2 decades, Müller built an empire and and their business grew exponentially after setting up their operations in the UK in 1987.
Am happy to share this history briefly because Müller has influenced me tremendously and successfully made me eat yoghurts. If you’d give me just Müller’s yoghurts and desserts and nothing else to eat in a day, I would still be really happy. When I lived in the UK, I consumed only Müller’s yoghurts. Thanks to Tesco because that is where I came across Müller first.
REAL STORY – HOW MÜLLER HELPED ME OVERCOME A HABIT
For nearly 25 years, I had a huge problem i.e. sitting in front of someone and seeing them eat curd rice or even yoghurt. I come from a community where people eat curd/yoghurt as their staple food, and they use their fingers in a manner that is comfortable for them but disgusting for me. It was just with curd/yoghurt and not any other dish I must indicate. While I was studying at school, one day during lunch time, I sat alongside my classmates to eat our meal. And there was one classmate who opened her box of curd rice and I immediately puked. It is the smell and look of it that made me puke and feel uncomfortable. Then, I only hoped this habit should slowly die and hopefully never be indefinite. Because, I was struggling to sit and eat a meal with my dad, who too eats curd rice at the end. Again, for many years, I finished my meal as early as possible so I do not get to see him or mom eat curd/yoghurt. I always ate curd rice only when I was sick and even today, I have the habit of only eating it when my mother prepares it. So Müller came to me a blessing in disguise and helped me to a large extent to ward off this terrible habit of mine.
REAL STORY – HOW A FRIEND HELPED ME REALISE THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING BREAKFASTS
When I arrived in Cardiff, UK, in 2008, to study MBA at University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Mr Veeraraghavan Sampath an awesome chap picked me up from the bus station and took me straight to his house and hosted me for a couple of days until I found an accommodation. On that day, his first advice to me was “No matter what, you must eat your breakfast daily, it must be a heavy meal.” It is by far one of the best advices he gave and even today I religiously follow it. The reasons he told me that were because 1) I would spend most of the day at the university. 2) It is expensive for a foreign student to spend outside all the time and that most of us must be careful with spending money. 3) Best to cook on our own as there are less chance to fall sick. And he added “no matter what people think about this, do not take it personal.” When you enter a foreign land, and you hear advices from experienced people, it speaks volumes.
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