I was quite sure I wanted to take part in the Vegan Month of Food again. It’s the most exhausting part of the year for us vegan bloggers. But it’s also the most exiting. Like good old times when reading and writing blogs wasn’t outdated yet. Last year I quit halfway through, I couldn’t keep up with my ambitious German Desserts II theme. This year I wanted to do something else, but I didn’t know what. But someone at the MoFo headquarters must have read my mind. For this year they made new guidelines and came up with a list of 30 themes, one for each day of September. I absolutely love this idea, it’s great to have some help and inspiration! I am also looking forward to what other people come up with for these themes. I still consider my blogging about German food at this kind of the year as a tradition, so I will try to loosely stick with it as well.
But now let’s get started! This is today’s theme:
When people ask me about my vegan diet, they don’t ask me, “Where do you get your protein?” They ask me “What do you eat for breakfast?” instead. In Germany breakfast is important, but it’s also the meal most people try not to put too much work into. So the main component of a German breakfast is bread. People eat Schnitte, Butterbrot or Brötchen. Butterbrot is a concept that most of you probably know from the Muppet Show, where it’s called smörrebröd. Schnitte is a noun derived from the verb schneiden, which means “to cut”. It refers to bread slices. Brötchen are like rolls. You spread them with butter and then decide if you want jam, cheese, or cold cuts on top. You see the problem there? If you’re vegan all you can put on your brötchen is plain jam. Or at least that’s what people think and that is why they throw me a commiserationg look and ask me about my breakfast. Which is weird, because by now there are tons of vegan spreads, cheeses, and cold cuts available. There’s lots of variety, but most of these foods can also be a bit costly. A much cheaper way to eat breakfast is müsli. And that is what I am having almost every single day. Germans don’t bother with cooking oats or pre-soaking them or whatever you can do to increase preparation time. We simply pour some milk and eat. (I swear there is soymilk in that bowl. It just got soaked up while I took the picture.) I usually add flax seeds or some other seeds like pumpkin or sunflower and one or two fruits. But much more importantly, I’ll have a coffee first thing in the morning. Otherwise I’m not even able to find the fridge.