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May 8, 2010 01:18 PM

What's a typical Canadian breakfast? [ Moved from Prairie Provinces]

Hello, I'm new here. I love cooking for my loved ones. My husband is Canadian (from Edmonton) we live in a part of Asia where some western ingredients are hard to find. He does love Asian food but complains he misses Canadian breakfast. I've cooked some stuff for him like pancakes, baggels and doughnuts. So what else am I missing? I grew up in Asia therefore I am clueless to what is typical Canadian breakfast.

Also, what is Canadian hash browns? is it any different from regular American hash browns? I cooked some hash browns for him a couple of days ago using grated potato and he said those were potato pancakes and not hash browns. LOL.

Any help, advice , recipe is appreciated.

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  1. Typical breakfast for most people would probably be something like toast or cereal during the week, and perhaps bacon and eggs on the weekend. I've lived in Ontario and Alberta and the most common form of hash browns I've seen are just small chunks of potato fried up, sometimes with some onion added.

    1. as a new poster, you should probably know your post will most likely be moved because these boards are mostly about restaurant reviews and your question would fit into other more general discussions.

      Agreed with egon - I'm born and raised Canadian and usually I have something simple like yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, or fruit for breakfast during the week.

      On weekends, maybe something a little heartier. The typical diner/restaurant breakfast would be eggs (scrambled, sunny side up, over easy, or poached), bacon, breakfast sausages, and toast. Pancakes, hash browns, and waffles may also be found. Maybe your husband's version of hashbrown is potatoes diced up then fried with salt and pepper?

      Maybe this photo will show what I mean here.

      My family is asian though and we've had these Western breakfasts in Hong Kong, parts of China, and Macau so it's not very difficult to find. Your English is very good so I assume you've had quite a bit of exposure to Western culture and living?

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      1. re: foodkarma

        Oh, yikes sorry. I think I'm a bit confused with the navigation.

        But thanks for the replies. I grew up in Manila, where we pretty much have adapted some western ideas since the American occupation.

        Yeah, it think that is the hash brown he was talking about.

        1. re: The_Paper_Shoppe

          If you want to find recipes for the potato-chunk version of what your husband knows as hash browns, you might look online for home fries. That is what that dish is called in the US, where hash browns does mean shredded potatoes.

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        1. Careful with the "home fries" title. These:
          are the typical home fries out here in the western U.S.
          are the home fries that I've been served in the mid-west.
          Not the same thing ....
          I'm inclined to prepare the first type rather than the latter.

          1. I think what we're talking about here is a breakfast that includes some kind of eggs - scrambled, fried or poached accompanied by browned sausages and/or bacon, home-fried potatoes (which is what I assume your husband means) and toast.

            Nothing could be easier than home fries. Boil or steam several potatoes until tender but not disintegrated. Let cool and then cut into cubes (peeled or not, your choice) - maybe 1/2-inch in size, at most. In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil, olive oil or bacon fat. Add the potatoes and fry, turning them in the fat until nicely golden brown and crisp on all sides. You can add a diced onion to this, if you want, or even diced green pepper. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.