Quest Quips

blog devoted to CNN International Business anchor, Richard Quest, who looks like a cross between Roger Daltry and a Muppet. You have to see him to believe him...

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Thursday, August 08, 2002
Richard is full of beans we learn from this 7/12/02 transcript of Richard's appearance on CNN's American Morning with Paula Zahn.


Hinds Baked Beans, are you familiar with baked beans over there? I think you are.

CAFFERTY: I have a passing acquaintance with them, yes.

QUEST:Right. Well, more like they have a passing acquaintance with you after you have eaten them.

CAFFERTY: A passing acquaintance, if you will get my drift.

QUEST: Right. Now, they have got the perfect recipe for making baked beans on toast, which is a great British delicacy. Firstly, you must ensure that the...

CAFFERTY: It's a delicacy?

QUEST: ... toast is the -- oh, yes. We're going to make...

CAFFERTY: Beans on toast is a delicacy over there?

QUEST: Listen, I grew up on this stuff, which probably explains a lot. The toast must be the right thickness, butter, never margarine, and then you must heat the beans, not in a microwave. Listen, this research cost the best part of $150,000. Finally, you spoon -- spoon the beans onto the toast in a nice, liberal fashion. Listen, you wonder why my country lost the empire.

CAFFERTY: So as I understand it...

QUEST: You then...

CAFFERTY: ... in order to make great beans and toast, the first thing you do is make some toast, and then you put some beans on them. Is that basically how it works?

QUEST: It's the temperature.


QUEST:It's the temperature and the consistency, and that is the perfect British tea for the average English school child. Next, I'll show you how to whip up a souffle before tea time.

CAFFERTY: You -- I'll bet you can't spell souffle. Can you spell souffle?

QUEST:I'll bet I can't cook one either. S-O-U-F-F-L-E with a funny thing over the top.

CAFFERTY: There you go. You got it. Richard, have a great weekend. I'll talk to you next Friday.

QUEST: Have a good one.