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My siblings and I were fed boxed cereal about every two mornings, scrambled eggs every two or three mornings, and same with oatmeal. Pancakes or waffles on Sunday before church.
I fed my little kids pickled herring with sour cream and onions most weekday mornings, cut in small chunks. It comes in jars. Or hard-boiled eggs. I figured protein was good for kids' breakfasts, and I liked it too.
I later learned that pickled herring was considered "Jewish food" in New York. Schmaltz. I thought it was Scandinavian, but it's all sorts of things. Ukrainians love it. Who doesn't like pickled herring? It has a pow effect.
I am told that Jewish people like plain pickled herring on a bagel, with a schmear. Sounds good to me, but I would add a slice of onion. But I don't bother with breakfast anyway, other than coffee. Breakfast is for growing kids.
Do you ever wonder what breakfasts NBA players were raised on? Wheaties? Or steak? I should have had some of whatever they had.
My breakfast as a kid was Wheaties, Cheerios or oatmeal. Sometimes pancakes and sometimes eggs and toast. Breakfast i my favorite meal and when I'm traveling it is eggs, bacon hash browns and English muffin. And if we eat lunch at a restaurant I order breakfast again if they are serving it. I think Cereal is good food. I may be in the minority on that but that is what I believe. As for pickled herring I have never tried it but it doesn't sound appetizing. I remove the pickles from my hamburger. I may eat them separately but it ruins the taste of the burger. I just don't care for pickled food.
Uhhhh... there is a clear generational/geographical divide regarding Jews and herring. Our European-born ancestors loved it - they had to, as it was a staple of their diet.
Suburban Americans of my generation, less so... I remember sharing with my friends a squeamish revulsion at the old timers pulling the flesh from the bones of whole herring pieces with their teeth. This was incredibly amusing to a college friend who grew up in the Netherlands - where I believe herring is sold from barrels as street food. He would plop the whole thing in his mouth and pull out the gristle, just to spite us.
I think some in my generation will eat it - but only filets.
I was thinking child abuse. I made a full breakfast for the kids every day but after they went to school they found out all the other kids just ate cereal. From that point on they only wanted cereal on most days. Personally I have never like cereal but always ate soup for breakfast growing up. Weird I know.
Per the wikipedia entry: "Pickled herring is also eaten at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve to symbolize a prosperous New Year in Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, and parts of Scandinavia."
Yep, I eat pickled herring with sour cream in a jar during New Year's eve and New Year's day - although not necessarily at midnight - it is a family tradition to do so to bring a prosperous new year.
Really although it isn't bad, it certainly isn't my favorite food. But, I keep with the family tradition anyway. And New Year's is the only time I eat pickled herring.
Every morning. EVERY MORNING from fourth grade to the end of high school, my mom put a small little bowl of canned fruit (peaches, pears, prunes, plums) on the table in my place. There was also a toast and a cup of Ovaltine. I was so lucky!
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I tried picked herring once, didn't like it. It was kind of tough, like the fish had rigor mortis or something. And I generally love seafood, especially sushi and sashimi. When I was in Japan I often had a traditional breakfast of hot-smoked salmon (served cold), rice, and miso soup. But with coffee instead of ocha.