Bread has been a staple of the human diet, for over 30,000 years, long before the invention of cereal, smoothies, or omelet. In fact, anthropologists from the National Academy of Sciences discovered traces of starch on stone made mortar and pestles that indicated the practice of grinding grasses and fern roots into an early version of wheat paste. If you want to read the entire article about how bread was invented, I will leave a link in the source list below.
For now, I want to recommend a breakfast staple that has been there for humanity no matter what part of the world we come from and, how much time we have to eat it in the morning. It does not require a bowl or a spoon neither does it require a long cooking time. I am, of course, talking about toast.
Below are two recipes that will get you to revisit the slice of bread that has become a morning habit of many American households.
Tostada de Tomate
The original contributor of this Spanish toast recipe was Praveen Kumar, who has also contributed a wealth of international cuisine from places like India, Italy, and other amazing places from all over the world. This recipe is a great start to rethink the way that you make toast and leaves a fresh taste in your mouth.
Brown Bread Slices – 2, thick
Garlic – 1 clove, halved or chopped
Tomatoes – 2, halved, skins removed and pulped
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil – 2 tbsp.
Mint Leaves – few, chopped, to garnish
1. Toast the bread slices and rub the garlic gently on one side.
2. Pour/Apply the tomato pulp over the bread slices.
3. Drizzle olive oil over the bread.
4. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and serve immediately, garnished with mint leaves.
If you really want to step up your toast game, then how about trying this North Indian and Pakistani dish that is filled with all sorts of vegetables and adds a bit of spice to your mornings.
Bread slices – 5
Semolina – 1 cup
Cream – 1 cup
Tomato 2 tbsp, chopped
Onion – 1 tbsp, chopped
Carrot – 2 tbsp, chopped
Cabbage 3-4 tbsp, chopped
BellPeppers – 3-4 tbsp, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
Oil – 1 tsp or as required
1. Cut the sides of the bread slices and if desired you can give the bread any shape of your choice.
2. Place the Semolina in a bowl, add all the other ingredients except for the oil in the mixing bowl. Stir well.
3. Now apply oil on one side of the bread pieces and spread vegetable mixture on the other side.
4. Heat oil in a pan and fry both sides of each bread slice.
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