In the weekends we could get cereal, yoghurt, toast or something else. For days we went to school it was a warm cooked breakfast. Always. Nothing else would keep us until lunch - or keep our tempers up long enough to make us eat the school lunch.
(Yes, in my mother's country we were served a warm school lunch of good quality every day for free as a part of our free education. With milk. And often fruit. Every day.
Eating in a food hall holding a lot of people has its disadvantages but I was raised in a small town so the school was quite small and consequently the school dining room was bearable.)
The man is raised in another country with different routines and most certainly different traditions for both breakfast and lunch. I have won. Or my mother has one.
We all now eat following my mother's advice.
Breakfast is oatmeal porridge.
I have lived in many countries and it is difficult to find the right tasting oatmeal,
Around 2011, the man and I cooked through all brands of oatmeal readily available in all the different shops.Yes, we did proper porridge tastings.
We read on-line about different cooking methods and techniques.
We read books about oatmeal porridge.
Eventually I had to compromise.
We now eat porridge for breakfast every day. It is the quickest, cheapest and most filling breakfast.
We only eat one specific brand of oatmeal. It is not the cheapest but it is not proper Scottish oats either.
The porridge is cooked in a pan slowly for about two minutes (stir!) and it is made with milk. (I think a microwave could do the job in 30 sec's but we do not have a micro wave and will apparently not get one either).
For two persons, we go through a half a kilo package of oatmeal in about two weeks.
Often we skip breakfast entirely one day of the weekend and eat pancakes instead.
Breakfast (with pancakes) probably costs us (two persons) 4€ a week, at least less than 20€ a month. Without the nuts that is.