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  • Eating Habits: How Much for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner?

    Kinsmen,

    Two days ago a comrade and I discussed typically German eating habits. We agreed that THE German cuisine doesn't exist - in the North of the country food is quite similar to what the Scandinavians eat, and in the South it's close to Czech or French cooking. But that there is ONE thing most German families have in common when it comes to the three main meals of the day:

    The German ideal is "Frühstücke wie ein König, mittags esse wie ein Edelmann und abends wie ein Bettler" - have breakfast like a king, eat lunch like a nobleman and supper like a beggar. Of course not all Germans are able to follow this rule day by day, but the tradition demands the same over our country. Unthinkable that the great family meal on a Sunday when Oma and Opa are invited takes place in the evening, no, it has to be at noon!

    I would like to know from you: What is it like in other Germanic countries? Does a Swede prefer to have a big breakfast or a big dinner? What is the most important meal in Iceland, Denmark, Flanders? Please tell me all about it!

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    I'm a student, I dont have time to have a large breakfast. Usually I eat some fruits and drink milk or eat some sandwiches.

    Sometimes I dont have time for breakfast and I bring my food to school.

    When I have long days I will bring lunch too, usually fruit or some nice sandwiches. I really liked blue molded cheese and apple on bread


    Usually when I dont have class I sleep in, and I instead make a big dinner. I know it's not healthy but I rarely feel hungry. I know it's not healthy, and I should improve.

    When I was a kid we would often set a breakfast table, with boiled eggs etc. I miss it, I will bring it back when I have kids of my own. I think it's good for the family to spend time eating together, if it's possible with time schedule.

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    • #3
      Here in the Flanders we have the same ideal: Eet 's morgens als een koning, 's middags als een prins, en 's avonds als een bedelaar. Eat like a king in the morning, like a prince on midday, and in the evening like a beggar. (But that isn't correct for me)
      In Flanders most people have some sandwiches and a cup of coffee as breakfast.
      As lunch at school I usually eat sandwiches with sausage, ham or chocolate paste.

      In weekends we eat 'pistolets' as lunch or we have warm meals
      We eat pistolets with meat salade, trout salade, salmon salade, crab salade, egg salade, sausages, cheeses, paté,...

      In the evening we have a warm meal on weekdays and pistolets in the weekend.

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      • #4
        Thanks for sharing your opinions. Well i don't like to eat too much in my meal. I drink fresh fruit juice in morning, some sandwiches in launch and brown rice with boiled vegetables in my dinner. It is good to eat less quantity food.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hraudnir View Post
          Kinsmen,

          Two days ago a comrade and I discussed typically German eating habits. We agreed that THE German cuisine doesn't exist - in the North of the country food is quite similar to what the Scandinavians eat, and in the South it's close to Czech or French cooking. But that there is ONE thing most German families have in common when it comes to the three main meals of the day:

          The German ideal is "Frühstücke wie ein König, mittags esse wie ein Edelmann und abends wie ein Bettler" - have breakfast like a king, eat lunch like a nobleman and supper like a beggar. Of course not all Germans are able to follow this rule day by day, but the tradition demands the same over our country. Unthinkable that the great family meal on a Sunday when Oma and Opa are invited takes place in the evening, no, it has to be at noon!

          I would like to know from you: What is it like in other Germanic countries? Does a Swede prefer to have a big breakfast or a big dinner? What is the most important meal in Iceland, Denmark, Flanders? Please tell me all about it!
          Originally posted by Shown View Post
          Thanks for sharing your opinions. Well i don't like to eat too much in my meal. I drink fresh fruit juice in morning, some sandwiches in launch and brown rice with boiled vegetables in my dinner. It is good to eat less quantity food.

          I eat 3 meals a day, just about every day. I do not know what Germans do.

          For Breakfast, I have a bowl of oatmeal, coffee & toast with jelly.

          For Lunch, a big salad, of Endive, escarole & leaf lettice, with tomatoes, celery & match-stick carrots, just a bit of dressing. And I have a sandwich
          of whole grain oat bread with sliced turkey breast & Swiss cheese, and fruit juice.

          For dinner/Supper, I have a full meal. Last night we had baked ham, baked beans, and sweet potatoes, with rye buns, and a Pepsi.

          Most days are similar. Except that we tend to eat about as much beef, as pork. Never lamb, because my Dear Sweet Wife can't stand it.

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          • #6
            In Denmark, breakfasts have traditionally been either bread with cheese, jam or some such on it or some porridge made from oats. Nowadays a lot of people instead eat some sort of cereal which is quite a shame. I myself typically eat eggs in various shapes along with beans or bread. That leaves my stomach full and energy levels high.

            Lunch have traditionally been 'smørrebrød'. Coarse, dark bread named 'rugbrød' with various kinds of meat on it. 'Leverpostej' is the classic choice. It is a sort of patê made of pig liver. However, these days most people work places where they get warm meals for lunch, so 'smørrebrød' is now seen as being dull and boring.

            Dinner can be just about anything these days and I would guess that most Danes gets the majority of their calories from here. It can be just about anything as it has become fashionable in the past couple of years to eat all kinds of exotic things: sushi, tachos etc.

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            • #7
              Due to my political affiliations I follow a strict national socialist diet. Whenever anything is served I ask myself; "would my Führer eat that?"..

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