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Peter Janssen
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Hello,

I want to grow a part of my breakfast. This is because the breakfast is very important and it's eaten often.
But, many of them take lots of work to make (cooking porrige, baking bread). I couldn't do this in the morning or evening because it would be so much time to do daily, and I have to go to school, because I'm 14. And I have to cycle 5 miles so that also takes his time. So if I would make my own porrige I'd have to wake up at 6 am or something like that.
What I normally eat is (not for 1 breakfast ofcourse ):
spelt bread
muesli
leftovers from dinner
10 teaspoons of chia and an apple.

What can I grow by myself for breakfast?
My only idea was to grow Amarant and to pop it before I go to bed (it pops easily).
I was thinking about hemp seeds but unfortunately in Holland they dont make a difference between industrial hemp and the bad hemp, so you can only have 5 plants and I think that that would be enough for just some few breakfasts...
We have got a walnut tree in the backjard, and in the forest nearby many hazelnuts, but again, I think that will be enough for just some few breakfasts...
I tried to grow chia, but even though I'm in a mild climate (zone they will only start flowering in the fall because we are at a high altitude (around 52).
So they have just a few weeks flowering and then they die because of frost (they died at the slightests fosts at my garden, it was only -0,5 -1 degrees Celcius).

Thanks for the ideas!

Greetings,

Matis
 
S Bengi
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I have a cheap $80 induction hotplate thingy.
I can get it to auto start 9 hours later
I put my beans/porridge in it,they soak overnight and before I wake up they start cooking.
Once I wake up I turn it up to high and season/finish it off in 10 or so minutes.
http://www.nuwavepic.com/#back

For breakfast I stick to meat/protien, veggies and some legumes.
So you could grow a huge list of vegetables, beans/pea, and maybe some eggs and fish

You could go with a timer/slowcooker too so that it starts when you come home and then turns off before you go to bed.
You can also heat up some beans/rice then microwave spinach/veggie and egg. Its not the best but it must be better than pop-tarts.
 
John Polk
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Can't get much quicker, or easier than bacon & eggs.
Good protein to start the day.
 
Brenda Groth
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what about hulless oats, you can get them from..i think..Bountiful Garden Catalog. They can go in in the spring.

of course then there are the bacon and eggs of course, the eggs being the easiest..maybe pick up a couple already laying..instant breakfast
 
Craig Dobbson
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Instead of trying to think of "breakfast" items that you could grow, why not reverse the thought process? What can you grow easily? Eat that for breakfast.
Just because it's morning time, doesn't mean you have to stick to porridge and bird food. Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's just tough to grow enough to live on.

My typical breakfast is a all of the following chopped up in a bowl: Spinach, peppers, carrot, raisins (or other dried fruit) an apple, nuts (almond, cashew etc) and sunflower or pumpkin seeds. A slice of bacon crumbled up in there is a nice treat as well. Of course you can scramble all of that with some eggs too.

What about yogurt and fruit?

I've been to the Netherlands once and can recall eating some really nice "toasties" to help counteract the previous night's festivities. Essentially it was cheese and ham on some awesome country bread, which was then pan fried and wrapped in wax paper to eat on the go. SOOOOOO GOOOOD!

Damnit!... now I'm hungry again. LOL
 
Morgan Morrigan
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i would be tempted to take the hazelnuts, and make a pemmican, with berries added.
would be even better quick heated in a pan. think you need to blanch the nuts to keep em from spoiling, but look up some pemmican recipies, and see if you can find something that is not solid fat.

could make bars to take on the bike too....

http://www.wildernesscollege.com/pemmican-recipes.html

http://www.paleofood.com/candies.htm
 
Johan Thorbecke
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S Bengi wrote:I have a cheap $80 induction hotplate thingy.
I can get it to auto start 9 hours later
I put my beans/porridge in it,they soak overnight and before I wake up they start cooking.
Once I wake up I turn it up to high and season/finish it off in 10 or so minutes.
http://www.nuwavepic.com/#back

For breakfast I stick to meat/protien, veggies and some legumes.
So you could grow a huge list of vegetables, beans/pea, and maybe some eggs and fish

You could go with a timer/slowcooker too so that it starts when you come home and then turns off before you go to bed.
You can also heat up some beans/rice then microwave spinach/veggie and egg. Its not the best but it must be better than pop-tarts.

I'm glad to report that we don't have such thing in store in The Netherlands.
 
Ken Peavey
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Apples can be grown without a great deal of effort. Berries can bear fruit within a year or two and would add variety to your diet.
I grew up in New England, potatoes are a staple for breakfast.
 
Jordan Lowery
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I grow and pop my own amaranth for breakfast. Usually a little yogurt,cream or milk and some honey from my bees. I pop it fresh in the morning as it only takes about 2-5 minutes.
 
maje culture
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Good idea to chop a fresh banana into your muesli, supplies you with a medium enery release of carbohidrate to help you on your cycle ride and make sure you are not depleted of energy when you get to school.
 
Keira Oakley
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I agree with Ken: apples and berries... and any other kind of fruits... Also, it's also a lot about culture, habits, "what you're supposed to eat in the morning". I personally think it's boring to eat the same thing each morning. Why is that? the other meals are ok to change everyday, but breakfast is the same.. Not sure if that would be possible to grow, but sweet potatoes are sometimes nice in morning I think. I never eat the same breakfast 2 days in a row. I don't plan this, it just happens and I eat what I feel like. And the english have hash brown potatoes for instance...
 
Keira Oakley
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Chestnut are nice and sweet and filling, specially roasted... It might take some years though , before you could get to eat them, but still, chestnuts where very popular long time ago in Europe, China, Japan. They were even a staple in some areas, before wheat took over...
Another starch I sometimes eat in the morning is... pumpkin... that's quite easy to grow i think. And you can also choose to have them in sweet recipes.
 
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