Monday, May 12, 2008

Breakfast of Champions!

I was surprised to read what Ireland's contribution to grand cuisine has finally been recognised, ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause if you please for that greasy artery clogging delight the Jumbo Breakfast Roll, beloved of drivers and construction worker all across the country.

from to day's Indo.

"Sociologist Dr Perry Share, of Sligo Institute of Technology, has carried out a detailed study of the Jumbo Breakfast Roll and its place in Irish society. His findings are contained in 'Belongings: Shaping Identity in Modern Ireland', just published by the Institute of Public Administration.

Dr Share, who is head of the Department of Humanities at the Sligo Institute, also delivered a paper on his research into the JBR at the annual conference of the Sociological Association of Ireland in Galway.

He concludes that the jumbo breakfast roll is "perhaps the ultimate symbol of our contemporary Celtic Tigerland".

And just for the record, the modern JBR with a cup of tea with milk and sugar provides 1,200 kilocalories -- almost half a male adult's daily energy requirement."

Anyone see see a link between our rapidly expanding waistlines and our culinary choices? Another survey over the weekend suggest one fifth of Irish teenagers are overweight and bordering on obese. One fifth! That's a remarkably high number. I don't doubt exercise or lack of it has something to do with it, but our diets are what really causes the weight gain. And if we're regularly consuming 1200 calories just for breakfast and thinking it the norm I don't see our waist bands decreasing.



Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

It is of no surprise to me. I partake of the fried breakfast - though the JBR is not something I like very much. However, I find that it is difficult to get something that is healthier when you are on the run. I cannot STAND full fat milk - it makes me want to gag - be I cannot find anywhere in my normal daily routine where I can get a bowl of muesli and low-fat milk for brekkie. Therefore, I have the rashers. I find the sugar rush of a croissant and jam to be too much too early. What's a fat boy to do?

10:49 a.m.  
Blogger gimme a minute said...

I like to stuff my face with saturated fats to the point of vomiting just as much as the next man, but how they can stand all that fucking grease is beyond me.

Give me a cream-based pasta dish and my body weight in Ben and Jerry's any day.

Ooh, and a snickers.

1:33 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I don't like full fat milk either, too creamy by far. Of late I've been trying a natural yoghurt topped with some kind of berry for breaky and It seems to be hitting the spot.

Actually I don't think scrambled egg and bacon is that bad for a body, and that's a pretty nice breakfast.

1:42 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

I've recently discovered Greek style yogurt. Full fat, but absolutely no sugar added - the ingredients list literally says "strained yogurt" and these days, the smaller the ingredients list, the better - no added junk. It comes with a little bit of honey on the side, and you mix the honey in, and throw some berries on top and it is divine. Beats the hell out of blowing your whole day's worth of calories on a pile of sugar.

2:20 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

I whiz up smoothies every morning. Just fruit and iced water, no added juice, yoghurt or anything else. Different fruit every day, in different combinations so we don't get bored. That is enough for me, but the other half still has to have toast, egg or something else after half an hour. He regards a smoothie as just something in place of orange juice, a side bit rather than a whole brekky. At weekend, I love fried tomatoes with shovelfuls of fresh black pepper and salt - yum.

3:01 p.m.  
Anonymous Sam, Problemchildbride said...

What's in a jumbo breakfast roll?

I'm picturing a sloppy, runny egg affair. If you say there's black pudding in it I might vomit. It's all right on its own - if the alternative is jellied eels - but in a roll - blee.

3:45 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Sam, it's worse, it a mid sized baguette sliced down the middle, buttered, which you then fill with sausage, bacon white or black pudding and a bloomin' egg and lashings of either brown sauce or ketchup. It is a coronary sammich.

3:56 p.m.  
Anonymous Sam, Problemchildbride said...

God, I bet all the brown sauce mingles with the runny egg in a swirly 70's-curtains-like pattern of revoltingness.

What's wrong with a plain old suasage on a plain old roll? Num.

4:38 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

I'm following your lead, FMC. I've been starting the day with plain natural yogurt with berries on top. I still gag a little but it's getting easier.

4:39 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Not chunky enough Sam, nor heart-stoppingly vile.

Yay Medbh! It really is lovely after a while and you wonder how you EVER ate the sugary overly sweet other yoghurts. My current favourite is with raspberries and pomegranate seeds. Delicious.

6:13 p.m.  
Blogger Face said...

I once worked for a man in a London pub who would eat black and white pudding for breakfast, with toast done in the deep fryer, leathery eggs, baked beans etc.
When I started work there he was having quadruple heart bypass surgery, and after that he just carried right on having that for breakfast, steak n kidney pie for lunch and fish n chips for dinner. Gross gross gross. He wasn't even as large as some people I see, but you could tell he was unhealthy due to his bloodshot eyes and the yellow tinge to his skin.

1:54 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Yack Face, that's just asking for trouble.

8:54 a.m.  
Blogger Twenty Major said...

Delicious trouble.

10:13 a.m.  
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