“A centaur has a man-stomach and a horse-stomach. And of course both want breakfast. So first of all he has porridge and pavenders and kidneys and bacon and omelette and cold ham and toast and marmalade and coffee and beer. And after that he attends to the horse part of himself by grazing for an hour or so and finishing up with a hot mash, some oats, and a bag of sugar.”
-The Silver Chair-
I adore this quote from The Silver Chair. It’s just so whimsical and fun, I knew I had to try to recreate a typical centaur breakfast for myself. Since I only have a human stomach, I took just a few elements from the horse breakfast and incorporated them into the human-style breakfast.
Centaur Breakfast Menu – The Chronicles of Narnia
Oat Porridge with Sugar
The reference in The Silver Chair does not mention what type of porridge the centaurs eat, so I thought I’d make it an oat porridge with sugar mixed in to incorporate some of the horse food items that the centaurs eat at the end of their breakfast.
Pavender fish can only be found in Narnia, but you can substitute any kind of fish that you like. Pavenders are rainbow colored, so perhaps trout is the best substitution from our world. Since I do not like fish, I left this part out of my centaur breakfast entirely.
Okay, gross. Sorry, centaurs. If you want to be thoroughly authentic, cook up some kidneys. I decided against it, however. 😉
Always a good idea.
Again, this reference doesn’t specify the type of omelette the centaurs eat. I created a spinach and parmesan omelette, but I think an herb omelette would work well, too, if you happen to have fresh herbs around.
I left out the cold ham when I recreated this breakfast, since I think bacon and ham in the same meal is a bit overkill. But feel free to add it to your own menu.
Toast and Marmalade
This one was simple and yummy. I used orange marmalade.
Beer and Coffee
I don’t drink either of these things, so I enjoyed this breakfast with some milk and juice.
While there’s nothing too fancy about this centaur breakfast, it is hearty and filling. Plus, I love the thought that I am eating like a centaur. It makes me feel all magical and noble. 😉
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