A Childhood Comfort Food

A Childhood Comfort Food

There are always those few things in life that take you back to your childhood, and more often than not, it’s food.

Sausages on toast was one of them. The real special touch was that sausages were sautéed with onions and bell peppers.

Here’s the simple recipe.

Sautéed sausages

Ingredients

  • 2 sausages
  • half a small onion
  • half of a bell pepper
  • 3/4-1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons ketchup
  • a touch of black pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut sausages diagonally or horizontally.
  2. Place vegetable oil, onion and pepper in a saucepan at medium heat
  3. Sautée till onions become translucent
  4. Add sausages, ketchup and black pepper (optional)
  5. Mix thoroughly for 3-4 minutes

I usually serve on sourdough toast with soft scrambled eggs. You can make it your own. It’s simple, and every bite is delicious.

What food takes you back to your childhood?

Have a Calm Weekend

Have a Calm Weekend

This week was a tough one. After the nation watched the events that unfolded on Capitol Hill, I think a lot of us feel further trauma of being reminded on a national level that some lives possess more value than others. I digress.

Right now, I would like to be somewhere in the mountains or in a quiet town to just decompress and to center my spirit. Unfortunately, since so many of the activities that I would like to engage in with my girls are closed, I am going to stay local and take some time to engage in these five activities.

Take warm baths

Nothing feels better and more soothing than hot water surrounding my skin. Lately, I’ve found baths to be the best thing for my fibromyalgia and my mind, so I am going to carve out time every night this weekend to take a bath with candlelights and maybe some wine.

Catch up on my reading

I am going to try to get through as much of Tonya Sonya Renee’s The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love. As I am on a journey of radical self love and not merely a compromising self-acceptance, I look forward to catching up on Miss Taylor has to teach. We all could use the boldness of authentic self-love.

Journaling

I haven’t journaled in a while, but whatever I have lost in my own personal journal has been invested into Breathe by Bre. I want to get back to journaling again. There is a beautiful sense of release that journaling gives me. I want to lay it out there with pen and paper, rather than ruminate on things that simply live in my mind for free.

Catching Up on TV Shows

I will be stuck catching up on the fourth time rewatching Monk, which to me is the all time best detective show ever. Murder mystery is my thing, so while I take care of all my household chores I watch to my heart’s content. That’s about the only time that I can watch or rather listen to any TV shows. 90 Day Fiancé has also become a new favorite and I plan on watching all the spin-offs.

Sleep

I look forward to catching up on some well needed sleep this weekend and let others take on the responsibility of childcare for a change. Let’s see if I succeed. I want to give myself the gift of sleep and float away.

So, what are your plans this weekend?

21 Questions: Get to Know Me

21 Questions: Get to Know Me

We made it through the first Monday of 2021. I am so grateful to have made it out of 2020, even though I’m still dizzy from the whiplash that entire year gave me. For that reason, I feel I am due for a proper introduction.

I started this blog a little over a year ago, but only began actively blogging in November 2020. Since then the blog has grown, and I’m happy that you decided to take time to read my posts. I hope you stick around to get to know me and also what the future holds for Breathe by Bre.

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in St. Lucia.

2. Where do you currently live?

I live in Brooklyn, New York. I’ve lived here since I moved to the U.S.A.

3. What do you enjoy most about living in NYC?

Access to everything without having a car. There is so much adventure here and always something to do.

4. What inspired you to start your blog?

My blog was born out of a journey to wellness and becoming my best self. In 2019, I was struggling to maintain all my roles especially being a wife, mother and student, so I sought out the help of a therapist. Writing has always be cathartic for me, so after therapy was complete, I thought blogging would be a great way to reach out to others seeking tips on mindful living, wellness and personal development.

5. Your personality type?

Based on the Jung Typology Test, I’m an INFJ. I’m an introverted empath and a highly sensitive person. I’m moderately sociable, and I genuinely care about others and their wellbeing, but I get drained by people easily. I enjoy lots of quiet time and my dream is to work from home in my area of expertise.

6. What did you study in college?

Psychology with a concentration in industrial/organizational psychology.

7. Any pets?

No. I don’t like the idea of pets in my apartment. I wouldn’t mind a dog in a larger space, but I have one child who is terrified and the other is slightly allergic, so we can’t have one.

8. Your favorite color?

All neutral tones, but primarily gray.

9. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

It would have to be France. It could be city or countryside, but I would prefer somewhere in between. I love the French approach to life, work and the language. I may find it a little easier to learn the language since I can read and write a bit in French.

10. Three TV shows you love?

Monk, Psych and Gilmore Girls.

11. Best movie you saw recently?

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

12. Best time of day?

Sunset. I’m not a morning person and sunsets are just beautiful.

13. Favorite genre of music?

90s and early 2000s R&B.

14. What is your favorite kind of cuisine?

Thai food is the ultimate for me, but I love East Asian cuisine in general. The spices, the heat, the complexity. I love it all, especially ramen.

15. What is your dream car?

A Jeep Wrangler. They’re small, compact but they last a long time. They adapt to most terrain. It is kind of me in a car. Lol.

16. What are your biggest fears in life?

Failure, mice and roaches.

17. What was your dream job when you were a teenager?

In my teens, I was set on being a fashion designer, but after socializing a bit in the fashion design scene, I knew it wasn’t for me. I still love design though.

18. What is your favorite sweet treat?

Tiramisu. It’s delicate and not too sweet.

19. What are your top 3 hobbies?

Eating, cooking, and creating art and craft.

20. What do you do for self care consistently?

I am not the best when it comes to self care, but even as someone who was staunchly against baths, it has been one of the few things that soothe me. So for now baths do it for me.

21. Name three things you admire about yourself?

I am empathetic, I can connect with people deeply to the point where they’re spilling out their life stories shortly after, and my tenacity.

Now that you know about me, feel free to introduce yourself. Name and state/country.