I’ve never been a big breakfast guy, but it may be my favorite meal here in Hungary. In the US, I eat a healthy breakfast each day, it’s just that I’m not that picky about what I eat and it’s more about nourishment than enjoyment. I’d conservatively estimate that I’ve eaten 3,000 bowls of Raisen Bran (mostly Kellogg’s) in my life. It’s not that I love it that much, it’s just that I can eat it every day and never really tire of it.
In Hungary breakfast is a different story altogether. The components of the meal are nothing to out of the ordinary; it all starts with a good chunck of fresh bread. Bread of substance, where a loaf often weighs a kilogram (2.2 pounds for those who don’t compute in metric). Certainly better than any bread that I get in the grocery store in the US. I suppose good bread is available in bakeries in the US, but here it seems that you can only get really good bread, whether from the bakery just down the street or in the grocery stores.
Next we have kolbasz, a Hungarian specialty. A sausage (the origin of the meat is not known to me, but likely pork) spiced with Hungarian red pepper (paprika). Very tasty, with a variety of different flavors (some spicy, some not).available. A whole kolbasz is shown in the picture at the top; this can last the family a good week. Only about six small slices are enough for a good breakfast.
Sometimes I’ll mix it up and add in some fresh vegatables (pepper, tomatoes, etc) on the side. Typically, I just have my bread with butter, but there are other toppings that I like to, like körözött, a cottage cheese/paprika (red pepper)/garlic spread that is quite tasty. And now I have a breakfast and can, and do, eat and enjoy every day (now I’m hungary…).