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Pinny on! Sunday August 27, 2017

In case the word pinny is not widely used (I'm Scottish), it is an apron. Stick on your aprons, for today is cooking day.

Long, long ago, in a far away time, I was the unhealthiest person who lived. Then forces combined, I turned over a new leaf and have never looked back. I'm passionate about breakfast. I make breakfasts seven days a week and sometimes it is a far better meal than my dinner offerings. I'm told this is how it should be for a happy digestion... eat like a King for breakfast, a Queen for lunch and a pauper for dinner.

So, today then. What are we having? Or tomorrow if you are unprepared. Personally, the humble egg is my best friend. Get out a small pan and slide in a little oil. Crack in two of the world's best sources of protein, preferably in silence. Look out the window whilst allowing them a few minutes to very gently bubble. Lift, then lay them honourably over a crusty source. Give thanks to the knife and fork as they aide your first achievement of self-care in the day.

Eat well my friends!

Love from

The room above the garage.
A Moodscope member

P.S. Removing the pinny before you leave the house is not essential but often spares blushes. Yet another thing I had to learn the hard way.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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S Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 5:00am

While at university a girl I knew introduced me and an old acquaintance to "eggs in a basket" with thickly sliced bread, the egg and garlic powder. It was divine for breakfast.

This acquaintance of mine also was incapablee of making proper omelettes so I'd make nightmare-sized 4-egg and bean and cheese filled monstrosities for them when hungry, and he'd not have room for half the rest of the day.

I love cooking breakfast for others, but I hate eating it myself. I would rather drink 2 coffees, smoke, endure the hunger nausea and have my one meal a day at night. Ugh breakfast. I only did that when I was on my feed 16 hours a day and needed as many calories as possible! Hospital gruel leftovers1 Ugh, nope. I'll wait for nice food later and eat my fruits in the mornings!

S Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 5:02am

on my feet*** running around like a headless chicken in NHS wards. which I was often asked to not go do to produce breakfast and company most mornings instead when I awoke at the crack of dawn coincidentally.

S Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 5:06am

P.S. It's irritating that there is no edit function to add latter anecdotes or considerations. I meant to say people told me all my life breakfast was so important but I never understood it. I never get hungry before mid afternoon, not really. Do you think forcing myself to eat one other than a mango or an apple and cheese (standard fast breaker for me) would improve my health/mood?

the room above the garage Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 11:52am

Hello S, eggs and garlic! A combination I never thought would work but, like you, I was introduced to it. Everything in an oven dish along with chopped up tomatoes and cover with foil. It's so delicious. Eggs and garlic together are good friends :-) I was never much of a breakfast eater but, if I don't, I do end up eating a lot more in the day than I want to. I eat breakfast and an early dinner with snacks of fruit and nuts through the day as 'lunch'. In terms of helps my body to follow time. Early dinner means I'm not digesting as I try to sleep and means I wake ready (ish) to eat. Better sleep improves my mood and food helps me get that. That said, provided you're eating pretty good quality nutrients at least once a day I think it's good...each body is different. Your breakfast sounds perfect! Love ratg x.

Anonymous Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 3:36pm

Ahh yes I was a good cook once upon a time.

Andy Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 6:34am

I always have breakfast, usually sultana bran & a banana, but you can't go wrong with an egg :-)

You did tho manage to make me smile at the memory of being chastised by my home economics teacher for forgetting my pinny one day at secondary school.

"Where's your pinny boy?!", Mrs Deuchar exclaimed in her broad Aberdonian accent, leaving me red faced & everybody else giggling.

"Where's your pinny boy?!" :-)

S Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 8:16am

Mrs Deuchar taught at my school for a time or my mother's I'm certain depending on your age range. I have a vivid memory of that name, but i have vivid memories of my mother's continual stories

the room above the garage Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 11:54am

Hello Andy, I'll probably now always think of that phrase when I stick my pinny on! I don't know her but I can somehow hear her! :-) love ratg x

Sally Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 7:06am

I am silently cheering, Tratg, as those words are manna from heaven for me! Three years ago I decided enough bad eating was enough, and I attended a slimming club which has been salutary for me and re-educated my daily eating, and thinking about food, habits. I highly recommend this. I lost weight that was ultimately dragging me towards self destruction. And felt tons better about myself too.
The humble egg is a firm friend for me too, Ratg, and I love your comic piece of writing! Most refreshing!
I used to imagine you down there in Wiltshire or the shock, only mild, i'll get over it, was to learn you are up in Scotland! But that's fine too! I like both Scotland and Wiltshire!!
Go well as you eat well this morning. Thanks very much for a nutritious start to the day!!!

the room above the garage Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 11:55am

Hello Sally, I love that I still have the ability to shock :-D "I lost weight that was ultimately dragging me towards self destruction" is a great line, well done too! Love ratg x.

Anonymous Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 2:38pm

I'm so glad to hear you lost weight. How much did you lose and what techniques did yu try? I have always been paranoid about shape since obesity is prevalent in my family. I;m an avrage build instead of stick thin now, but to me it's fat and fills me with horror, but I've nevr had to actually put effort into my figure before.

David Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 7:11am

I have a full ENGLISH Breakfast, with cereal, (porridge in Winter)exotic fruit, juices, and the very best coffee this is my main meal of the day and it starts the ROLLS ROYCE in me for the rest of the day, sometimes the only meal.

the room above the garage Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 11:58am

Hello David, it's a grand and perfect meal and perfectly Rolls Royce too! I wish you had a driver in that very car for afterward :-) love ratg x.

Brum Mum Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 2:01pm

David, your breakfasts sound divine!! I'm coming over...

Orangeblossom Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 7:22am

Thanks RATG for your helpful reminder. I don't always have a good breakfast.

the room above the garage Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 12:00pm

Hello Ob. Breakfast can even be a banana. Then move on. Sometimes it's a time of day that just needs passed quickly. Love ratg x.

Marmaladegirl Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 7:47am

Having a good laugh is also an excellent way to start the day, and you have given me that RATG! Thank you! I like your P.S. best - leaving the house with your pinny on. Downstairs is open-plan where I live and the front door opens onto a very busy road, so I am forever getting funny looks as I step out in my pinny (or dressing gown and slippers). Sometimes I can't be bothered to take my pinny off and leave it on on purpose to go the shops - it's my badge of honour and to me says "I am a busy woman" (however, I haven't yet gone to the shops in my dressing gown, although I have been known to wear my slippers...) I'm rambling. MG

S Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 11:59am

There is no shame in going to the shops in casualwear! It shows how ittle you care about other people's judgement, even if you do care, so it's like a little mental health trick rebellion win. I regularly go to the shops with my onesie on without a care in the world and it cheers me up to know I don't cringe, other than from intrusive thoughts.

the room above the garage Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 12:03pm

I love seeing people in their aprons at the shops, I want to follow them home to watch what magic is being created! Slippers too. Nothing to cheer me up more than straight faced business attire combined with slippers. It's the wee stuff... :-D love ratg x

Marmaladegirl Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 7:48am

Molly - I have replied to your message at the end of yesterday's blog.
RATG - sorry to be "piggy backing" your blog. Your blog is great :-) MG xx

the room above the garage Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 12:03pm

I like the piggyback :-)

Dolphin Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 10:07am

Loved the blog! It also reminded me of my Gran - very Scottish grandparents - who wore one of those old fashioned pinnys, not one of the fancy-pancy ones I use. They ate properly and formally. Even afternoon tea when they came home from their respective schools (Grand dad a woodwork teacher, Gran a school secretary) was sit down, cloth on the table, teapot, home made biscuits or cheese straws (yum). Apart from the Scottish words I absorbed - to the puzzlement of many - I absorbed lots of cooking tips without knowing it. Before I was 10, for example, I knew how to make a good pastry.

Back to the blog, I eat fruit, yoghurt, nuts and raw oats on top sorry Gran - too befuddled in the morning) each day out of duty rather than desire. I'm not sure if it sets me up for day as it's supposed to do, especially since I want to eat like a king in the evening....

It was interesting that I was a wolf in sleep types (see blog a few weeks ago) and one of the characteristics is not being hungry in the morning.

Your blog has brought on cheerful and affectionate feelings. A great way to start the day - thanks! x

the room above the garage Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 12:12pm

Hello Dolphin, I would love to be a guest in your granny's home! Breakfast can be duty not desire for me too. But I do it anyway. I tend to eat like a horse in the evening if I haven't squashed in enough calories through the day and would eat anything and everything. I have discipline only if I've shored myself up! Glad you enjoyed, love ratg x.

Anonymous Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 1:32pm

Wait whoah, that's basically possibly taken right from my mouth. Margaret and Bernard were your grandparrents?

Dolphin Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 5:38pm

Sorry, no - Willy and Mary! And no one would have thought of sniggering at the short form for William in those days!!! In fact, it's only now that I live in the UK that I saw it as I typed. Sigh.

Anonymous Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 10:07pm

It was so surreal, my grandfather worked in the oldest school in the city then in a marching band doing woodwork, and my grandmother was a receptionist in the same! And they were famous for cheese straws too. Maybe it's an elderly coincidence - they got the good skills as a blanket whole.

Tutti Frutti Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 10:22am

I enjoyed reading this over my decaffeinated coffee (I can't actually handle caffeine any more but I quite like the taste and it has a placebo effect) muesli, fruit and yoghurt. I initially worried that you were going to describe a mega complex breakfast that I couldn't remotely contemplate cooking. But eggs was just perfect. In fact I do occasionally make poached egg and mushrooms on toast for breakfast. Thank you for the reminder about pinnies (yes we do know what they are in England). I ought to remember to put mine on because between my berries and my raspberry yoghurt there is a distinct pink stain if I ever drop anything at breakfast while I struggle to wake up. Love TF x

the room above the garage Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 12:16pm

Poached eggs are a favourite of mine! Took two years of practice to be able to cook them though... thank you fir reminding me that I need to return to decaf coffee, love ratg x.

The Gardener Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 1:41pm

I am limited to two cups fizz coffee in the morning - then Decaf - has anybody found a brand that does not taste of mud. Poached egg question - do you lose metal rings? Salt in the water? Always have to get mine out with a fish slice. Wish I could always start breakfast with Buck's Fizz

Tutti Frutti Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 2:02pm

Gardener I have an egg poacher with tefal cup things. I have occasionally tried to poach eggs with the egg broken straight into a saucepan if I am behind with the washing up but I haven't really mastered the art I am afraid. I don't put salt in the water but it would alter the boiling temperature so maybe that's what I am doing wrong when I try to manage without my egg poacher. On decaf coffee I agree that some of it tastes ghastly but I quite like Kenco instant. I should warn you that I am not exactly a connoisseur of coffee. I prefer the taste of good instant coffee to filter coffee anyway. It took me many years to realise that it is actually OK to prefer instant coffee. My Italian grandfather would have been genuinely appalled at me choosing instant coffee and I am not sure that my father really understands the concept either. Love TF x

The Gardener Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 11:17am

Great RATG, simple and good. My two daughters (petite) seem to emulate pythons - they will not eat for nearly a day then stuff themselves. I cannot go without breakfast, I fall over - and that coffee! True addict. Pinnies. What fun. When we came to France all primary school children wore them. Farmers' wives have a uniform. NEVER trousers. A large 'overall', then, to get the cows in wellies and lisle stockings. the strings of my pinnies a;ways unravel and get knotted, and I can't get them off. My mother had a system - the 'house dress' and apron. After mid-day 'dinner' she was herself and changed. I begged and begged for picnics, no, dinner was round the table - the washing up. If we were going out if was after 3 p.m, everybody else out too, or weather had turned awful. I begged for picnic tea - too much work. I'd take my jam sandwiches in to the garden - it passed as a picnic and we've never looked back. We love 'eggy' bread. And Spanish omelettes (our children naturally wary, because it is really clearing out the fridge. Everything fry-able, then eggs whisked to a froth, set in the frying pan, the popped under the grill - and they turn into a souffle and you get the plaudits as a master chef. TF, stains! If I wear white it will be red wine or tomato. I had a red silk dress on - and spill toothpaste down the front!

Ach UK Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 11:22pm

Dear Gardener I had read your sentence incorrectly and am now picturing Jersey cows with Lisle stockings and green wellingtons.

The Gardener Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 11:23am

Typos, she 'washed' herself. An indelible egg memory. First house no mod cons, kitchen minimal, larder shelves behind. We had live-in students fro Reading University for the harvest (older than I) . Once I was doing the washing up in a blue tafetta dress, imagine! the wiping up student took an egg out of it's box, cracked it and slid it down my back. Never forgot the feeling, and the dress did not think much of it either

the room above the garage Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 12:19pm

Oh no! I can just imagine that egg. I'm wailing for you! Your mum sounds wonderful and I adore her discipline. But I love picnics more. I used to have picnics in the bath when I wanted my kids to eat foods they might not have otherwise wanted to try! Red silk always sound so glamourous with more than a splash of bohemian. Love to you TG and how is 'him indoors' this day? Xx

The Gardener Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 1:35pm

Your blog, thank you RATG, has provided a welcome diversion - today is pure hell. Mr G started in full moan at 7.30. A bit later I was on the terrace - next door have a tiny courtyard. She was singing in church - she came up to me and said that things were not too good with us judging by the row Mr G was making. We are going to a friend's 60th birthday party - logistics, somebody has got the wheel-chair in the car, somebody will get it out the other end. I have to shove Mr G in and out of car - and, of course, on my own when we get home. He says he wants to go out, 10 minutes after we arrive he wants to come home. I shall stay and eat, drink (not much, driving) and talk - and steel myself for coping tonight.He stated this a.m that he was miserable, and is not going to change his ways for anybody, nor, moreover, attempt to do anything for himself. I said yesterday you need training for 80's and 90'. Not possible except, perhaps, what I feel rather smug about - many Brits around here are stuck out in the country, unmanageable houses and gardens, no shops and a very dodgy economy. I saw the writing on the wall 2 decades ago and made sure our habitat was manageable by us, or that there were services available, for whatever might happen. As you know through these posts, the sky has virtually fallen on us, but I am not alone. 'Bohemian' is amusing. Mr G's godson, now nearing 60 himself, said that he looked on us as the first of the 'Bohemians' in starchy Surrey because we ate pasta! Good laugh, not Bohemian, cheap. A large colony of Italins had settled in the area between the walls, and they had kept their food likings, always (still have, I believe) a good range of Italian food. The ubiquitous egg - Sicilian children stated the day with Zabaglione - egg yolk, sugar and Marsala whipped up - delicious. Thanks for you kind thoughts - look how I repay you, with a lecture! xx

Tutti Frutti Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 3:06pm

Can I hijack this blog with a very belated response to Marmalade Girl and Ach UK for yesterday? Much as I can see that most of the moodscopers took NED in the way he should be taken, I think I could twist the logic of this mnemonic a bit and end up getting all obsessed and perfectionist with the never give up and do your best. So I found STEVE much more helpful. As I am not a canoeist though the phrase that might make it into my "fly away poisoned parrot" quote book though is that one from the aircraft safety announcements; "always put on your own oxygen mask before helping others".

Ach UK Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 9:56pm

Hi Tutti Frutti. Yes I identify with perfectionist tenancies and an inability to read instructions other than as black or white so altho I like TED I have to remind myself that I cant do 150 per cent in all areas of my life . . . - work in progress. Lol. Now, where did I put my oxygen mask.

Ach UK Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 9:58pm

Lol . . . Oxygen mask and a pinny . . .what a sight.

Lexi Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 3:16pm

Loved the post today RATG! It made me smile. I love my eggs in the morning - usually hardboiled - but always with a side of a "crusty source." :) I am trying to get healthy - better foods, less drinking, more exercise. Starting with a good egg always sets the day right! xo Lexi

Molly Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 5:58pm

Hi RATG, I never eat breakfast. Like S, two coffees and two fags and I don't eat until the evening. Not good I suppose. I used to eat much more ie lunch, dinner, and maybe supper. But rarely breakfast. My husband is waiting for an operation and he was told he has to eat breakfast at least for a week before - not sure why that is. A slice of toast is not enough, we were told. Something about carbs in your body and energy after being asleep. No wonder we do not have any energy between us. I do enjoy an egg though. Just not in the morning, unless I have been up all night and then I get some strange urge xx

Anonymous Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 10:11pm

Do you also substitute those two coffees with caffeinated drinks if necessary? It's quite vital to human function - some people don't understand. I knew someone who was almost biologically dead until caffeinated, even worse than me. I had to come up with weird and wonderful ways to wake them so they wouldn't be late.

Molly Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 10:31pm

Did you not try an alarm clock ? Lol :-)

Anonymous Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 11:00pm

Literally ten of them would be automatically cancelled while asleep if I didn't intervene.

Molly Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 11:58pm

I am the same, I cannot sleep but once asleep, I cannot 'come round' I have actually always relied on others to shout at me or ring me to get me up, when I was working. Now my husband just leaves me there until I am ready but it is not great when trying (half heartedly) to work again, to say I am not able to start a job until 9.30 / 10 - I am happy to work until midnight and weekends, but mornings - I just cannot do.

Anonymous Mon, Aug 28th 2017 @ 3:24am

Sometimes I had to resort to xtreme measures.

Molly Mon, Aug 28th 2017 @ 5:01pm

A bucket of cold water ?

Voldemort Mon, Aug 28th 2017 @ 9:11pm

I wouldn't like to be too brazen, but it was much much more of a drastic measure on one occasion. Effective, but extreme.

Ach UK Sun, Aug 27th 2017 @ 9:36pm

Hi RATG, I enjoyed this blog. I appreciate the importance of break - fast and definitely can't go through the morning without nourishment, but at present my eating habits are all over the shop. Reading your sentences about the way you make your breakfast a loving experience to yourself.
. . it's a way to honour oneself and emphasise that one matters
Being respectful of ones body. ?
Hmm - must look out my pinny.
Thank you.

Eva Mon, Aug 28th 2017 @ 7:26am

Loving the breakfast blog! I opt for a pink grapefruit and yoghurt, maybe have poached egg & avocado on toast at the weekend or fruit smoothies. I agree with peeps above about feeding my body early to get through the day well and not eating like a horse in the evening, my sleep has been considerably improved by eating well and earlier in the day! Good topic RATG!

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