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What Exactly Is An All Day Breakfast?

I just had a microwave All Day Breakfast meal, at 2pm in the afternoon. It did not take me 24 hours to eat it.

Does labelling a packet of any food ‘All Day’ mean that any unlabelled food can only be consumed at set times? I have several breakfast cereals in which are not labelled ‘all day’, so does that mean I am not allowed to consume them outside of traditional breakfast times?

If I crack open a box of cornflakes at 4 PM, or even 4 AM will the house be suddenly raided by Nutrition Squad, coming through the windows in an SAS style raid on my kitchen and pantry?

I have an unpeeled banana with no instructions on what time I can eat it. What do I do?

The fact is that any food can be eaten at any time you want to have it. I have had curries and pizzas for breakfast and kebabs on the way to the pub. It is patronizing to tell me a breakfast can be eaten at any time. The purpose is of course to get us to eat the food more often so we run out more quickly and have to shop for more quicker.

Breakfast actually derives from breaking the fast – the first meal after a period of not eating, possibly in religious observance. Strictly speaking every meal, including dinner and supper breaks a period of non-eating. If you thought it was confusing that the British call lunch dinner and dinner tea (as in the beverage) I now add further confusion by calling everything we eat from chewing gum to a four course evening banquet, a 24 hour Breakfast. Bon appetite.

Arthur Chappell

Image Credit » Me wearing a breakfast painted by my friend Lethal Gemma - Photo by my friend Ian Wilson

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BodieMor wrote on January 15, 2015, 10:42 AM

emoticon :grin: I remember being very surprised as an 11-year-old that breakfast meant breaking the night time-of-sleep fast. Or that was how it was explained to me then. And in our family when I was growing up we called lunch dinner and dinner supper - if we were eating at home. "Lunch" was usually referred to something I ate at school or my dad carried in a metal container to work...

Koalemos wrote on January 15, 2015, 10:43 AM

With the earth divided into time zones, it will always be breakfast time somewhere on the planet.
If you are caught eating breakfast cereal at the wrong time, you can always claim that you are having an Australian breakfast or Tibetan breakfast etcetera, depending on the time of day.

maxeen wrote on January 15, 2015, 10:53 AM

Paul always has porridge after his breakfast.

maramadalina wrote on January 15, 2015, 12:20 PM

Usually I have no time for breakfast. I try to take my breakfast at work. emoticon :smile:

soupdragon wrote on January 15, 2015, 2:00 PM

I never understand people who don't eat breakfast. I am always starving when I wake up and I can totally understand the concept of 'breaking the fast'.

mrsmerlin wrote on January 15, 2015, 4:15 PM

You're just a little rebel Arthur. I think the best one I have ever seen was when I was back in Ireland a few years ago and there was a sign in one of the cafes that said 'all day breakfast 8 to 10 in the morning' - least said huh

JustEm wrote on January 15, 2015, 9:02 PM

I used to call lunch dinner and dinner tea.. Now I use the lunch and dinner lines emoticon :grin:

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:28 AM

Porridge time for me is all day, every day. It is never the wrong time for porridge. The same goes for apple pie - breakfast, lunch or supper. We are currently cooking pasta. It's breakfast time but we fancied pasta, so here we are.

arthurchappell wrote on January 16, 2015, 8:27 AM

that sounds like the kind of meal I'd really love and remember too &TheresaWiza

UK_Writer wrote on January 16, 2015, 8:39 AM

LOL, yes, there are set times for foods. You need to write to the Govt to ask them about the unlabelled banana, see if they can get you onto a course to learn which foods must be eaten at what time. I think that's why the All Day Breakfast is so popular - because it frees people up from having to think about what the time is and whether they will be breaking the law by not eating foods at particular times.

bestwriter wrote on January 20, 2015, 7:45 AM

Nowadays everything is changing even in my house. You will see us eating noodles for breakfast and cornflakes for dinner :grin: