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8:04am on Tuesday, 7th February, 2006:

Breakfast Mix


I usually have cereal for breakfast. It's simple enough that I can make it, and it doesn't leave the kitchen smelling of toast.

As for what cereal, ah, well there's the thing. I always mix two types together. I've done this since I was about 10, if not before. The bulky stuff that makes you feel like you've eaten something generally tastes boring after a while, and the light stuff that tastes better isn't filling. Therefore, I mix them.

I usually lay down a couple of Weetabix or, occasionally, Shredded Wheat. On top of these I add some other cereal which can change from day to day. My classic pairing is Weetabix and Rice Krispies, although I also like Weetabix and Puffed Wheat (which really should be called Whuffed Peat) every once in a while. Very occasionally, I'll have Weetabix and Shredded Wheat or even Weetabix and Weetabix, but that kinda defeats the object.

At the moment I'm having Weetabix and Golden Grahams, which go together very nicely. I harbour suspicions that Golden Grahams may not be all that good for me, though, on the basis that they taste really nice (this is the original version; the cinnamon ones should be stamped to dust and thrown into an active volcano); I'll probably revert to Weetabix and Rice Krispies after this packet runs out. Or maybe the next one.

Not all combinations work. Some of those multi-grain cereals barely work on their own, but put them with Weetabix and it's like chewing grains of toffee in porridge. Shreddies are a waste of time, too, because they just turn into Weetabix mulch when they get soggy. I don't like the combination of Weetabix and Cornflakes at all, and although Shredded Wheat and Cornflakes taste OK together they don't sit well in the bowl and milk goes everywhere.

I don't know how widespread this cereal mixing thing is. I can't imagine I'm the only person to do it, but it's hard to tell what other people do because I don't get to see them at breakfast except in hotels (and hotel breakfasts are Strange And Exotic Dangers). No-one else in my family mixes their cereals, but that may be because I've put them off.

As with some of my other foibles, this doesn't extend to my life in general — I only do this with cereals and with fruit-flavoured drinks (and not together; I can't tell you what Weetabix and orange juice tastes like). The mixture of tea and coffee was enough to put me off extending my experimentation to other areas of cuisine. Oh, that and Mars Bar sandwiches.

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