Thursday, 24 April 2008

while you're waiting...

I wanted to ask something.

I had a huge (good humoured) argument on my birthday with a friend about the relative posh-ness of hash browns in a fried breakfast.

Are hash browns posh, or common?

I will refrain from saying which I thought until I've had some answers. I don't want to make anyone reluctant to post their answer :)


Imperatrix said...

Good lord! They sell them at McDonalds, here in the US, so I sure wouldn't call them "posh" by any means.

They're typical of egg breakfasts in diners and restaurants all over the US.

Not posh at all.

(Eggs Benedict, on the other hand, often are only on the menu at higher-end restos.)

loria said...

here in my part of the US, they are also more 'working class' than posh. potatoes in general for breakfast is pretty standard on the farm.

i agree with imperatrix that eggs benedict are another story ;)

ourman said...

I think this has been answered - they are neither posh nor common - they are just American.

Personally I think they have no place in an English breakfast - with the possible exception of a vegetarian brekkie (maybe a substitue for black pudding).

Black pudding is not posh, but is currently being hijacked by posh chefs (ie celeriac mash with black pudding). Chef's like to add a bit of working class cred to their menus.

I love the stuff and speaking as a man on a diet - I miss it tremendously.

If you're from overseas then wiki it. You won't like what it is made of but it does taste very good.

Going back to hash brows for a second - on reflection - they're common in the same way that any fried American imported food is. For reference see KFC and its customers (sorry).

Question: What are the high end posh American food imports that we eat here in the UK? I must admit I am struggling to think of any - burgers, budweiser and coca cola. Nothing posh there.

Even the likes of Jack Daniels are well known brands and not cheap but still you couldn't say they were posh, could you?

pierre l said...

I have to admit that I do, from time to time, have breakfast at McDonald's (including the hash browns). But deep-fried hash browns is not really the proper thing, though it's quick for them to make.
I have gad hash browns for breakfast (Probably in North America), but not for a while).
I did Google for recipes though, and hash brown made from real whole chopped-up potatoes, cooked in a bit of oil with a few spices sounds nice. I've also had that as Bombay potatoes.
Of course, Eggs Benedict is very nice, an American colleague introduced me to that dish at the Hilton near Orly airport 35 years ago, and I haven't really had it since.

loria said...

hmmm... posh american foods...

honestly i never thought of american food as being particularly posh in any way. any time we went out to eat where it was fancy it was always French or Italian cuisine. American food restaurants tend to aim for the sports bar crowd or relaxed bistro. of course, i come from a very working class American family. That may be why. My boyfriend says the only thing he can think of that he'd call posh american food would be something like a rack of spring lamb with a 'delicate' mint sauce. honestly maybe it shows my own bias and upbringing but i have no idea what that is like ;)

trousers said...

They seem more of a down-south thing than being posh, as such, to me. Which may only be because the first couple of times I had hash browns (or was even aware of what they were) was in greasy spoon cafes in London.

Plus they do them in Wetherspoon pub breakfasts, which doesn't do much for them in terms of posh cred...

B said...

That's fine then, no one thinks hash browns are posh. I am relieved. (I am tempted to say that no processed foods are posh, but am worried in case someone proves me wrong - anyone?) Ourman, I am veggie, which might have something to do with it - and so is the friend i was arguing with. You may be on to something with the American thing - because my breakfasts were posher and her breakfasts were common-er (is that a word?) hash browns seemed like something unfamiliar to both of us, so we both put them in the opposite end of the social scale. (Of course, having read 'Watching the English' - a highly recommended read btw - I am left completely confused by what class I am supposed to be, so make of that what you will *shrug*)

Ourman, also, please don't talk about black pudding, you will make me cry :) D loves the stuff, but I can barely look at it without retching.

(Also, hubby's grandad is called Jack Daniels :) Always makes me chuckle.)

Loria, that rack of spring lamb with 'delicate' (?!) mint sauce sounds ubiquitous, in that I think you'd get that there and here and noone imported it particularly, it's just something everyone came up with. Might be wrong though so don't quote me. Budweiser is the only thing mentioned that I could think of as posh. And hello imperatrix! Eggs Benedict don't sound like they would be posh if they were brought over here, but again, I don't really know. Delia loves them apparently though. I don't know what that means. Actually Gordon Ramsey also has a recipe. Guess I am wrong and they are posh over here too!

Trousers! Hello :) Don't think I've ever had hash browns down south. I'm tempted to say the first time I had them was in Newcastle but I wouldn't actually put money on it. And wetherspoons pub breakfasts *drool* might not be posh, but bloody gorgeous. Might have to have one of those again soon!

Lucy Diamond said...

A pub breakfast!!! I have lived a sheltered life. I didn't know such things existed. I want one now...

I would have said hash browns were posh, actually. Does that make me really REALLY common?
Oh dear. Don't answer that...

B said...

I didn't know pub breakfasts existed either until some of my family stayed at the Quality Hotel in York. You can either pay £20 a breakfast in the hotel, or go over the road and get brekkie for about £7-8 in Wetherspoons. We tried it last time we were there. Bloody lovely :)

Also, Lucy, it's entirely possible that I am entirely wrong with my theory about the relative poshness of hash browns :) I'm not calling you common honest :)