Kleiman and Oseland start off talking about a breakfast dish that is certainly a representative of American culture if there ever was one: cornflake-crusted brioche French toast drenched in maple syrup and powdered sugar. Is it any surprise that this is the signature dish of the Hay-Adams Hotel, neighbor to the White House in Washington D.C.?!
For comparison, Oseland offers an Egyptian breakfast stew of mashed fava beans garnished with cilantro, scallions, and tomatoes. This key to this dish is finding dried Egyptian fava beans, which are smaller than beans you normally find in the grocery store.
He also talks about Swiss muesli, which we've always equated with dry granola and which Oseland explains is anything but! He says that for true muesli, the raw grains are soaked overnight in milk (or half and half!) along with a vanilla bean. By morning, the oats are softened and the whole dish is infused with vanilla. Yogurt, nuts, dried and fresh fruits, and honey are then added to the base for an even more delicious and hearty breakfast.
This interview was just the barest snippet of everything covered in Saveur's October breakfast issue. Whether you eat pancakes or fishcakes for breakfast, we definitely recommend giving it a look!
Now we're curious: what does breakfast mean to you?
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