Listen, you know when you are having one of those red days?
– Red days? Do you mean depressed?
– No. You get depressed when you get fat or when it rains a lot. You just get sad, that’s all. Red days are horrible. Suddenly, you are afraid and you don’t know why.
– Of course.
– When I feel like this, the only thing that helps me is … one of those lavish breakfasts with ham in which you see the table full of fruit, your favorite coffee and a toast made from sourdough bread spread lightly with tomato, sprinkled with a little extra virgin olive oil and a few slices of Iberian ham as a key piece of the puzzle.
It is clear that if someone else had written the screenplay for the film, Audrey Hepburn would not have been eating a regular bun in front of the Tiffany’s window display in the first scene, but would be doing it – and be all the happier for it – with a croissant filled with some slices of Iberian salchichón, with a bit of grilled fennel and all the whole lot heated on a hot plate.
Breakfasts with ham: a sweet or salty proposal?
In Spain, almost half the people say they prefer a salty breakfast to a sweet one, and it is very interesting to read surveys and see how Catalonia and Andalusia are the most “salty” autonomous communities. Starting the day on the right foot is key to a healthy diet and the saying “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper” should be taken at face value. For those who prefer a sweet breakfast, a good recommendation would undoubtedly be that a salchichón croissant, which would exert a perfect symbiosis between both worlds and that would also guarantee a healthy, different and 100% natural breakfast using Joselito’s cold meats.
If we move to New York, we can imagine waking up next to a bagel stuffed with Iberian ham, a bit of fig jam and a few leaves of refreshing arugula, it is absolutely tempting, as could a dish based on Rosti potatoes with a poached egg and a few sheets of that magnificent piece of sausage which is Coppa Joselito.
Keep in mind that salty breakfasts are always more balanced and less caloric than sweet ones and that if we add to this that acorn-fed Iberian ham is the cured meat with the greatest amount of oleic acid, there are more than enough reasons to start breakfast this way.
Returning to our borders, many would be amazed if they saw someone rolling a slice of ham around a churro and finish it with a few drops of honey, but the result is truly tasty and surprising, just as the air baguette were (a crunchy bread that is hollow inside surrounded by a delicate slice of Iberian ham) that Ferrán Adriá created during his time and which on numerous occasions many have affirmed that they would have breakfast with love; such as that given off by Holly when she sang Moonriver in the movie.