Each morning Miguel asks me the same question - "Que quieres comer por desayuno?" (what would you like for breakfast?).
We used to eat some form of eggs almost every day. I'm not even an egg lover, but the way Miguel prepares them, I enjoy them.
A la Mexicana - scrambled with slivered onions and peppers, with some special combination of chilis to give it extra zip.
Huevos en Salsa Roja - scrambled and smothered in Miguel's homemade red sauce. When he makes the red sauce he makes a mess, but it's worth it. Yum!
To accompany the eggs, we buy a stack of hot tortillas from the mercado. The tortillas we don't eat turn into fried tortillas. Salted, like chips but with a taste of corn, almost like popcorn. Delicious!
Chilaquiles - made with his homemade red sauce and usually with a fried egg on top, per his Oaxaca tradition.
After Miguel's accident, Miguel's cholesterol was high. We had to stop eating so many eggs; one egg twice a week was our goal. We don't quite make it, when Miguel prepares eggs he uses 3, and we probably eat eggs 3 times a week.
To get away from so many eggs, we also eat:
Refried black beans - lately he's been doing some magic with a can of beans, and we've been including beans with both meals (we only eat twice a day).
Sopes/Huaraches - the first layer is the beans, above. Then the homemade red sauce, and then the onion and cheese to top it off. He has been making the masa a little thinner and smaller, so I can eat two if I'm hungry.
If we have leftover chicken and Miguel's homemade green tomato sauce, I will make chicken enchiladas (similar to the old El Pueblito). I never thought I would eat chicken for breakfast, but we do, and we love the enchiladas.
If we have masa and chicken, I might also make empanadas.
Some days we buy salbutes from the mercado - they are a bit greasy, but that gives them more flavor. I love the mercado salbutes.
There is a lady who walks around with a pot of something every morning except Sundays. If we find her, we may buy volancos, negritas, empanadas - all masa-based meals with some sort of sauce.
There is another lady who comes through our neighborhood in the evenings with tamales. She makes the best tamales, and she knows we don't like the steamed ones, just the baked ones - so she only comes here when she has the baked tamales, and we always buy several for breakfast the next day.
Along with all the yummy things we prepare or buy, our breakfasts at home are always finished off with a plate of fresh fruit and a glass of fresh orange juice.
So, what am I having for breakfast today? Well, there is a blender of Miguel's homemade red sauce in the fridge, so I'm guessing it will be eggs smothered in that delicious sauce, a stack of hot torillas, along with juice and fruit. We also have a sausage in the fridge from our BBQ on Sunday, so Miguel will probably eat that (I don't eat sausages).
Better get going, our breakfast routine is about to begin!