Bagels in Question
Lately I have had a new craving that has not faded. I love my onion bagels with cream cheese of course, but now with anchovies (rolled in olive oil w/capers). A Jewish friend of mine, turned me on to this and I just love it. I know a few are going yuck, but I acquired a taste for anchovies several years ago, before then NO WAY. Perhaps dishes I tasted in Italy, gave me a chance to re-think the idea because the food was so delicious. Sometimes I like them toasted with my poached eggs on top! Yummy, but not hungry now just licking my lips from eating.
Hint: On the eggs - a shot of vinegar in the water keeps it together while boiling - when buying roll your hand across the dozen if they roll easily-they are fresh.
Years ago, it was a Sunday ritual – bagels, cream cheese, loxes, and red onions with Bloody Mary’s listening to Jazz as our brunch, then the day followed with going out on the boat or watching football.
So today, I thought about researching the history of bagels and was astonished at what I found. The following links are definitely worth the click if you enjoy them too or interested in more info. I'm inserting them here because I am too lazy to take excerpts from the sites, but truly, it is much more informative than me doing so anyway.
According to the Webster dictionary a bagel is "a hard bread roll made of yeast dough twisted into a small doughnut like shape, cooked in simmering water, then baked."
The bagel is the only bread product that is boiled before it is baked.
So my questions are: Do you eat bagels, if so how do you like them i.e. plain, onion, whole-wheat with seeds - poppy, sesame seed, caraway etc. Fresh, Frozen, toasted, etc. If your answer is yes, how do you eat them? - with nothing, cream cheese, butter, marmalade, hummus, etc. Toppings? Loxes, eggs, cheese, tomato, black olives, etc. Or do you lean towards the sweet side? Cinnamon-raisin, blueberry, strawberry, chocolate chip (humm - 1st I heard of the last one) with peanut better or prepared like a pizza? If you have more to add would love to hear that too or any recipes. Looking so forward to your answers and/or comments! (smiling)
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