A Bowl Of Rice Chez Moi

This morning I was able to sleep as late as I wanted knowing that I had nothing to do except meet a friend for dinner later this evening. And by “sleep as late as I wanted…” I mean until 0745! I tell you, my inability to sleep after 0800 is a real hindrance to my laziness!

I cooked some rice and served it with salmon, nattō (God I love this stuff!), umeboshi and tsukudani-kombu, which is essentially kelp but I’m not sure of the precise name in English. I’ve run out of dashi, hence the missing miso soup, and this chick doesn’t do that instant crap. I opted for a pot of matcha. Yes, the Japanese and the Brits share a love of tea, which explains why we get along so well!

7 hours after having breakfast (and only a pot of nettle tea since), I’m still not hungry, which is great for my figure but doesn’t bode well for my dinner plans. Did I mention that Japanese is on the menu this evening as well? Oh I cannot wait: good girl chat and authentic Japanese cuisine! Sign me up!

What did you have for breakfast this morning?  

PS – researching for a trip to Italy this summer. 


  1. 22 June 2011 / 20:44

    Milla I need you as my chef! Yum!!!

    • Milla
      24 June 2011 / 10:56

      Thanks Michelle, I’ll get into my chef’s whites and head over to you!

  2. 22 June 2011 / 22:19

    You eat the most fabulous breakfasts! Every time I read your blog I think about how I need to do a little more than cereal! Where do get your tea and Japanese food in Paris? Would love to know!

    • Milla
      24 June 2011 / 11:40

      I love cereal as well, but only eat it about twice a year. You cannot beat a bowl of cornflakes with ice-cold full fat milk. Makes me think of my childhood 🙂 Which cereals do you like?

      I buy all of my Japanese produce shops in Pyramides (the Japanese quartier near Opéra). Do you know this neighbourhood? I think I will do a post about it as many people emailed me the same question.

  3. 22 June 2011 / 22:26

    What a well balanced breakfast Milla! I had a terrible breakfast…..a granola bar on the run. I don’t know where my morning went today and then I had to dash out the door for my hair appointment! Much more important than breakfast;)

    • Milla
      24 June 2011 / 11:43

      It’s all about priorities: a girl’s gotta get her hair “did”! 🙂

      Between leaving high school and moving to Paris, I didn’t eat breakfast. Now that I have the time, I make the effort. Also, I like the calm of the mornings to eat and read (before my chores start calling!).

  4. 22 June 2011 / 22:39

    What a great breakfast you had! Mine was tragically unhealthy, two scrambled eggs with new york cheddar, nutella on wheat toast with a think layer of olive oil/butter, and a handful of grapes, and much to my dismay, sans coffee. But do tell more about your trip to Italy, that will be amazing!

    • Milla
      24 June 2011 / 11:55

      Well the grapes sound healthy enough! That sounds like quite a breakfast, which now has me craving toast. Do you always drink coffee? I’m terribly British there – tea all the way!

      Yes, planning to visit a few cities in Italy and Germany over the next few months. Rome is just a 2 hour flight from here. So lucky! 🙂 Do you have any holiday plans?

  5. Sarah
    23 June 2011 / 01:27

    I had an unusually healthy breakfast because I didn’t start work til 10:30 so I could take my time. Whole wheat toast, scrambled egg and avocado on top with a cup of green tea. I go through phases with breakfast: sometimes cereal for months then oats then toast then muffins….etc etc. Hope you enjoy your dinner!

    • Milla
      24 June 2011 / 11:58

      Minus the eggs (I just cannot eat them), that sounds delish! Aren’t avocados food from the Gods?! Love them! What type of green tea do you have?

      I make muffins every week as my husband has them for breakfast, but there’s more of a snack for me. I do love oat porridge though.

  6. 23 June 2011 / 04:24

    Oh now I’m hungry! I definitely must have Japanese food this weekend!

    And can you please teach me how to make miso soup? Bought an instant one and it was horrible 🙁

    • Milla
      24 June 2011 / 11:59

      The instant ones are vile! Yes, I will teach you all I know 🙂

      What type of Japanese food will you have? I’m craving udon today…

      • 24 June 2011 / 15:54

        Oh, thank you! Well you know my email address! 😉

        I’m definitely craving for sushi and soba! I’m not a big fan of udon lol.

  7. 23 June 2011 / 16:30

    I find the whole concept of rice for breakfast such a bizarre thing, but an appealing one nonetheless as breakfast needs to be the best meal of the day to keep you sustained until lunch time. In the UK I used to love big chunky granola style bars (the healthy ones, not ones packed with sugar and synthetic rubbish) and I found a recipe to make them too…. Here in the US it gets a little more complicated as everything tastes very sweet, but I find a pure fruit smoothie and plus carbs is the best way for me to start the day and get my fruit fix.

    • Milla
      24 June 2011 / 12:05

      So did I until I moved to Japan. I have to say, along with porridge, it is now my favourite type of brekkie.

      I couldn’t care less about calories, but I do have a major fear of chemicals. The problem with ready-made stuff is that so many of the products are packed with unnecessary chemicals in the form of colourings, artificial flavouring and preservatives, which scare me to death. I’d stick with the fresh fruit. If you choose your fruit seasonally, not only will you be helping local business and the earth, you’ll also be tasting the produce at it’s best.

      Everything is so sweet there, you’re right! One has to be careful with ready-made stuff also because they love to put corn-syrup in things. Be careful girl!

      PS – stock up at Planet Organic when you go back to London. That’s what I do.

  8. 24 June 2011 / 16:52

    Firstly – yum! That sounds amazing. The perfect way to start the day and so healthy too.

    Secondly – 7.45? You are mad.


    • Milla
      27 June 2011 / 21:18

      Healthy, tasty and exotic – fab! I know, I so want to sleep until 1100. If it any consolation, I take a 2-3 hour nap pretty much every day.


  9. 25 June 2011 / 14:50

    oh mila..you made me sooo hungry! i suddenly craved for japanese food! i love japanese food! great post! i like your blog!i’m your newest follower. anyway, i just posted something and hoping you’ll check it out (AND FOLLOW BACK?!) if time permits! lol..

    • Milla
      27 June 2011 / 21:19

      Thank you for your comment, and for following. Japanese food lovers are always welcome! 🙂

  10. 26 June 2011 / 21:17

    hmmm, soooo good! only natto – i’ve never liked it.

    • Milla
      27 June 2011 / 14:27

      I’m trying to spread the natto love, so please try it again! Yum 🙂

  11. everydayglamour
    27 June 2011 / 05:31

    Natto is yummy!!! Green tea. Check. And miso soup…check. Love it! I get the miso with dashi already in it–very easy to make. Ok, so I don’t ever have this for breakfast, but as a suppliment for dinner.

    • Milla
      27 June 2011 / 14:26

      The Japanese cannot believe that the Gaijin like natto, but we do!! It’s all about the tea baby! Miso with dashi already added? Oh, I’ll have to look out for that one!


  12. 27 June 2011 / 18:54

    I had no idea you were into Japanese life as well! 🙂 I love Japan, once tried to learn Japanese and credit my international-ness to my amazing trip there when I was 14. Sounds like we have some chatting… and eating sushi… to do! 🙂

    • Milla
      27 June 2011 / 21:11

      I am indeed – I lived there for a while! Isn’t it amazing? I went to the most divine Japanese resto a few nights ago, andhad the best sushi I’ve had in France. Japanese chef, Japanese staff – very authentic! Hurry back!


  13. Monika
    28 June 2011 / 10:35

    where in Germany are you going to? You must see Hamburg, its such a
    beautiful city with a big lake in the city centre and a great harbour and its where I live 😉

    • Milla
      1 July 2011 / 10:43

      Coucou Monika! I’m off to Berlin in August. I cannot wait, though I’m a little worried that I won’t fit everything in… Hamburg sounds lovely – I will add it to my list!


  14. 3 July 2011 / 10:13

    This is a great breakfast. That is my favorite meal of the day but I am bit strapped for choice in Croatia as EVERYTHING here is pastry based. But am thinking if I stock up on a bit of Japanese items, I should be cool for a while at least. Thanks for this idea! 🙂


    • Milla
      5 July 2011 / 15:38

      Get stocking Maya because it’s all about the tea! Right now I’m detoxing from dairy and sugar (again!), so I’m eating plenty of Japanese and Asian food. Do you have a Asian food supermarket near you?


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