There seems to be a growing consensus that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you energy; it helps you lose weight; you spend more time with your kids; it helps you work; and the list goes on and on. However, one reason not mentioned often is that psychologically, breakfast is important.
Most people don’t like to get up and cook something first thing. They want to sleep till the very last minute. Sleep is prized, and understandably so. But, I have found that getting up, and having that extra 30 minutes to an hour to prepare, sit and eat breakfast makes all the difference in the world regarding the remainder of the day. Here’s why.
Human beings long for control in life. They long to put things in order and have time to themselves. I have to admit, I enjoy organizing things. When my purse, or bag, or even my bedroom is in order, I feel life is in order. Order is good, but it isn’t everything. The power to create is also needed. Human beings need to feel like life isn’t just a long string of “dealing with things.” Therefore, when you prepare a meal, you are creating, and in the morning light this creation process is especially powerful. It is you, and not someone else, who creates the tone of your day. Let me say this again. YOU create your day. Circumstances abound, but it is your mindset that will handle those circumstances as they come along; and it is the simple act of preparing breakfast that reminds us that we have more power in our lives than we think.
When I was young, money was scarce. My mother had extremely creative ways to feed her family. Boxes of instant rice or powdered milk lasted longer in the cabinets than most other things, and when we’d get down to the bare bones, one of the dishes she would make was instant rice sweetened and served with warm milk, a pat of butter (if we had it) and a pinch of salt. It was like rice soup. I loved this bare-bones meal. I’m not sure where she thought of it, or how, but I always enjoyed it. When I got older, and became more of a cook, I reinvented this rice recipe for myself, creating a breakfast risotto that truly makes me food happy in the morning. I am honored to share it with you, especially if you are incorporating a much-needed, morning food ritual.
Risotto doesn’t take as long as some think, and it should always be eaten right away. The speed of the preparation also depends on the type of rice. I like to use sushi rice. It absorbs the liquids quickly and is beautiful in the bowl. I use milk and real butter. I use freshly ground nutmeg, cane sugar and sea salt. I do not spare on the quality if I can help it. This is MY day I am creating.
When I’ve had my fill, and I move on to everything else that beckons me and pulls me and strains me, I know that it is my day, and that I chose to set its tone. I can’t change the world or make all of my challenges disappear, but I can have these moments, and I encourage you to create some for yourselves. I encourage you to start the day with creation.
—Elise McMullen a.k.a. The Galavant Girl
Breakfast Risotto Recipe
serves two, takes about 20 minutes
3/4 cup sushi rice
2 pats butter
2 tsp cane sugar
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup water
1/2 tsp sea salt
freshly ground nutmeg
Place 3/4 cup of rice, 3/4 cup of milk and 3/4 cup of water in a pot. Add 2 pats of butter, a 1/2 tsp of salt and 2 tsp of sugar, stir and bring to a simmer over medium heat. When the rice begins to look dry, taste it to see if it is cooked through. If it is not, add 1/4 cup more milk and stir. Stir constantly, allowing the rice to absorb the milk. Taste again, and repeat process until the rice is cooked to your preference. Add more salt, butter or sugar to your liking, but ONLY at tiny tiny amounts at a time. Once finished you should have a thick, creamy beautiful breakfast risotto. Serve the risotto in a nice bowl and grate freshly ground nutmeg over the top and serve. Enjoy!