I don’t really have enough time during the week to whip up a proper breakfast these days but on Sundays I like to cook up a hot breakfast, Colombian style. I’ve written before about traditional Colombian breakfasts and while it’s nice to head out to a local restaurant, nothing beats a home cooked meal.
There are three things that make up a typical stay at home Colombian breakfast; eggs, arepas and hot chocolate. I know, it seems strange to drink hot chocolate for breakfast as many foreigners tend to think of it as more of a comfort drink to have on a cold winters night but Colombians love their calories so hot chocolate it is. You’ll be surprised how well hot chocolate combines with savoury and cheesy arepas. My suggestion is not to even think about how weird that combo is and just give it a chance.
Colombian like their eggs cooked ‘perico’ which means scrambled with tomato and onion. If you want to make it a little bit more interesting like I do, chop and fry up a sausage or two to add it to the mix. Now you have huevos rancheros (ranch style eggs).
As for the arepas, if you don’t have time or couldn’t be bothered making them, they are available at all supermarkets or local shops in Colombia but the supermarket variety is garbage in my opinion. Home made arepas are 100 times tastier and pretty easy to make so don’t hesitate to give it a go. Warning: once you learn how to make arepas at home you will want to eat stacks of it every single day. Just writing this article has got my mouth watering.
So there you have it, a very simple yet scrumptious breakfast that will make you want to get out of bed a little earlier on Sunday morning.