Just as trends have changed over the years, especially with the coming of the millennium, our eating patterns have changed and what used to be the preferred food in the past have given way to new foods.
In the 90s, many Nigerian homes did not have the kind of options we now have and they settled for anything that came to their ways, especially when they were available.
Today, we take a look at some of the basic breakfast we used to have back in the days.
1. Akamu and Akara
For those who not know, Akamu or pap, and Akara (bean cakes), formed a major part of our breakfast in the 90s and many homes would never do without this delicacy. Some parents tried to make the Akamu more appealing by adding milk and other beverages to it.
Akara is a common street food that can be found on any street corner all around Nigeria while Akamu is a cornmeal custard that pairs perfectly with Akara.
For one, it was easy to prepare, fast to digest and available whenever one wanted it and made a perfect breakfast combination.
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2. Akamu and Moin-Moin
Akamu and Moin-Moin was another combination that many families could not do without back in the days. Moin-Moin is made from pureed beans and spicy ingredients and full of proteins, light and refreshing, and when taken with Akamu, it always set the tone for a fresher day and a stable breakfast.
3. Yam, Fried Plantain and Egg sauce
In the 90s, boiled yam (boiled or fried), fried plantain and egg sauce was a regular on the breakfast table of many Nigerian homes. This meal is quite filling and can last one the whole day. Egg sauce is an easy-to-prepare Nigerian sauce made by sautéing tomatoes, pepper, and eggs and the combo was a super favourite before time overtook its usefulness.
4. Tea and bread
In many homes in the 90s, tea and bread was the regular breakfast meal as families rush to go about their daily activities. Children, adults, the elderly, everyone loved the Nigerian tea and bread breakfast.
With many cocoa and milk products to choose from, making tea was the simplest of tasks and everyone loved a cup of hot tea and bread in the morning before hitting the road.
5. Masa (Waina) (Rice Cake)
In the northern part of Nigeria, Masa or Waina is a very popular breakfast snack and the people up there do not joke with it. Masa is made from rice pudding and like the regular buns (puff-puff), the pudding is made into a watery paste which is mixed with a sprinkling of sugar, salt, and pepper, and fried in hot oil.
The Masa comes out looking slightly burnt but crispy, delicious and very healthy. It is either eaten with pepper sauce or with vegetable soup and is mostly preferred in the mornings.
6. Ewa Agoyin and Bread
Ewa Agoyin (beans) may be seen as a street food commonly eaten in Lagos and other southern states of Nigeria but back in the 90s, it was (and possibly), still a regular form of breakfast.
And very popular too. The beans are made to be extremely soft or mashed and commonly eaten with barely ground pepper and tomato sauce which is very spicy, but peppery.
Additional ingredients can include palm oil, onion, and crayfish and when eaten with bread (the Agege brand), one can go a full day on it but be sure to take a lot of water in between.
7. Fura da Nono
Fura da nono is another staple breakfast meal in the northern parts of Nigeria. Though this could be taken at any time of the day, it is most preferable in the morning before hitting the farms or other daily activities.
Nono is the fresh milk got from female cows or in some cases, goats or sheep while the fura is made from mashed millet or guinea corn. It is commonly sold by the Fulani stock, especially the females who carry the Nono in calabashes and mix it into a paste mixed with sugar for their customers.
The Fura and Nono meal is very filling and healthy as it contains lots of nutrients for bodybuilding and healthy living.
Rice in any form was also a special breakfast delicacy in the 90s. It was very common to see homes that ate rice as their breakfast every day of the week either with stew, egg sauce, okra soup, jollof rice and in just any form they so wish.
In fact, rice is still being eaten by some families for their breakfast these days but it was more popular in the years gone by.
9. Zogale (Moringa)
Zogale (Moringa) is another breakfast delicacy that is very popular in the northern parts of the country. It is often called African Salad because it contains items used in making the modern salad but then, the presence of the Moringa leaves, groundnut, cucumber, onions, tomatoes, pepper, salt, and other local ingredients add the African flavour to it.
10. Corn Flakes
In some middle-class homes, Corn Flakes was a regular on the breakfast table. This was often seen as a status thing and parents who wanted to show their kids they were better heeled than their neighbours made sure their children had corn flakes for breakfast.
While most of us who grew up in the 90s enjoyed these ‘local’ breakfast, today’s kids have moved up a notch and most of them will laugh you to scorn if you suggest that they take Ewa Agoyin or Akamu and Moin-Moin for breakfast.
They are more comfortable with their Golden Morn, Cereal, Coco Pops, Ribena Drinks, Yogurt Drinks, Milk, etc. They will even scoff at you if you mention the meals we used to enjoy for breakfast.
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