It might seem like a mundane lunch topic, but it was interesting to learn what people eat first thing in the morning. For example, there’s the “full English” with sausages, beans, bacon, toast and eggs, served up with a ginormous mug of breakfast tea. For the Americans, waffles and pancakes are a regular feature.
Chileans eat various breads with avocado or cheese spreads and a Swedish colleague had a bowl of porridge oats every morning.
Today, most people grab a quick slice of toast or bowl of cereal.
What about our ancestors? Did they eat the same foods? Did they have the same diets?
Most of today’s foods weren’t available then, such as skim milk, sugary cereals and prepared foods with preservatives and additives.
Generally, our ancestors’ diets would have been simple foods, not today’s processed varieties.
Fresh baked bread would have been on the menu. In some places, they might have had beer as a “soft drink” (even the children!). There may not have been a major difference between foods for different meals. Oats and bread could have been for breakfast, lunch or supper.
The class system might have been a major factor. Our wealthy ancestors would have enjoyed lavish breakfaste, while our other ancestors ate more simply.
Of course, those in the Mediterranean region – regardless of income – would have had easy access to fresh fruit most of the year, while those in colder climes had more limited choices.
What about your family? Do you remember what your grandparents enjoyed for breakfast? Has your family history research revealed the eating habits of your ancestors? Let us know in the comments below.