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Medieval English peasant children eating breakfast

Setting: rural, feudal English village in the 1200s

What might medieval English peasants eat in the morning to "break fast"? I'd like to be able to say something other than just bread, to give my story a bit of colour. The story is set in high summer and they've had a prosperous year. The characters in the breakfast scene are two sisters, aged eleven and six. They have been left on their own for the morning, with the older sister watching over the younger one, since she took a fall into thorn bushes the day before and hurt herself badly enough to leave lasting scars. Their mother is a capable healer, so I don't know if she would "prescribe" certain food for the younger sister, to aid in her recovery?

I've Googled "medieval diet," "peasant diet," "peasant food," "medieval food" and pored over a number of my books on medieval life, but all they seem to say is that peasants ate nothing but bread, bread and more bread. I'm about ready to admit defeat and just have the older sister hand the younger one a crust of bread.

ETA: Thanks so much to everyone who commented. I have a lot to think over and revise now, which is excellent!
Tags: 1200-1299, uk: food and drink, ~medicine: historical, ~middle ages
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