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Zmorge - A Typical Swiss Meal (Part 1)

In this mini series I'll write about the five daily meals people eat in Switzerland: Zmorge, Znüni, Zmittag, Zvieri and Znacht. What do we typically eat? When do we eat? What is the proper conduct at the table? Today, I'll write about breakfast.

Zmorge

Zmorge is the Swiss German word for breakfast. It is an abbreviated form of the two words "zu" (to, at) and "Morgen" (morning) and literally means "in the morning". This obviously makes sense, since breakfast is usually eaten in the morning hours of the day.

During the week, most Swiss people take their Zmorge between 6.30am and 7.30 am, depending on what time school starts or what time they have to catch their train to work. My guess ist that on weekends an average breakfast time is around 9am but there really aren't any statistics to back this claim. 

The hour of the Zmorge is not the only difference between a midweek and a weekend breakfast in Switzerland. During the week, Swiss people eat simpler and faster breakfasts simply because there is no time to indulge. 

Midweek Zmorge

A typical midweek Zmorge looks much like breakfast in many other places of the world. It usually includes one of the following:
  • slice(s) of bread or rolls with butter and jam; coffee, tea or hot milk
  • bowl of cereal with milk; coffee or tea
  • bowl of Müesli with fruit and yoghurt; coffee or tea
  • Gipfeli (Swiss croissant) and coffee
This list is not conclusive. Breakfast is very individual and partly depends on whether you are a morning person or not. In fact, I know quite a lot of Swiss who leave the house in the morning without eating any breakfast.

Weekend Zmorge

The situation changes on weekends, especially on Sundays. Swiss people love their Sunday brunches. Yes, we incorporated the word brunch into the Swiss German language - that's how much we like it! Sundays in Switzerland are meant for extensive and rich Zmorge and there is one ingredient that should not be missing on the breakfast table: Zopf. It is a tasty, braided bread that we prepare (and that is sold) on weekends only. Other typical dishes for a weekend Zmorge include:
  • eggs (fried, scrambled, hardboiled)
  • fried bacon
  • Röschti (potato pancake)
  • different kinds of jam
  • honey
  • butter
  • a selection of cheeses
  • a selection of cold cuts
  • juice
  • coffee or tea
We also have a word to describe the manner in which we eat weekend Zmorge: zmörgele (to eat breakfast in a leisurely fashion).

Zmorge - Andreas Hermsdorf  / pixelio.de


In this mini series:

Zmorge - breakfast
Znüni - mid-morning snack
Zmittag - lunch
Zvieri - mid-afternoon snack
Znacht - dinner





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