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May 28, 2021

Something Fishy about Breakfast

Louise Campbell

Photo by rimmabondarenko

Something Fishy….

Ah, what’s better than a hearty homecooked breakfast any day of the week.  But it’s especially welcome on those weekend mornings when there is more time to savour the flavours while sipping your favourite hot brew.  Just think about it:  toast, eggs, fish ….  Wait!  What?  Fish for breakfast?

Wait! What? Fish for breakfast?

Fish and breakfast are not usually tied together in the same sentence.  But having seafood as part of your first meal of the day is really not that strange. Especially when you consider the health benefits: low in calories and fish is always high in protein and often high in omega-3 fatty acids. If you are still not buying the whole fish for breakfast line I’m feeding you, consider this: in many countries and areas of the world, it is traditional to include bounty from the sea on the breakfast plate. 

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Around the world in 80 breakfasts

In Scotland, for example, kippers (smoked herring so named because of the kippering preservation process used before refrigeration) appeared regularly at breakfast, all the way from the Victorian era until at least the 1970s, and is still popular with some today.  In the Caribbean, sardines, smoked herring and salt fish are common breakfast foods. Sauteed with onion, peppers and herbs, fish is served with bread or dumplings.  Many Caribbeans add eggs to their breakfast plate. Scandinavians often take the Smorgasbord approach to meals.  A breakfast spread for example, features smoked and pickled fish – herring, salmon and whitefish – along with a variety of breads, meats and cheeses.  

If fish for breakfast floats people’s boats in other regions of the world, there’s no reason why it can’t be popular here on the East Coast of Canada – home of the very best seafood.

You may not want to cure your own fish and that’s where Mary Manette Seafood comes in. Our smoked herring and mussels are getting rave reviews in homes and restaurants in Canada and the United States.  And they can also star at your breakfast table, paired with a delicious blend from Lady Baker’s Tea or Heading to the Harbour coffee from McGregor Mud Roastery.

Smoked Herring on Toast with poached egg and chive cream cheese

Make your breakfast something fishy!

To get you started off on the right foot, try this delicious recipe for your next home-cooked breakfast.  And stay tuned for some Mary Manette Smoked Herring Eggs Benedict recipes coming soon! 

Louise Campbell

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