Full Irish Breakfast

Do you know what you will get if you had just ordered a Full Irish Breakfast? No? You think so? Yes? Depending on the location and/or the tradition/s of the individual (restaurant owner’s) family, the ingredients can vary quite a bit. Some food is more, some is less accepted by its receiver. If you are to discuss this issue you will run into all sorts of people who have all sorts of different opinions about it. Just do a search online and you will see 😉

So I’m going to give you a list of a couple of things — and add a comment here and there to explain…

  • Baked Beans Some say they are a part of the breakfast while others don’t like them on their plate in the early hours but would eat them for a Fry (Keep on reading, I’ll explain). Than there are those who would argue that beans belong to a Full English Breakfast only.  
  • Black Pudding and/or White Pudding, fried in a pan. Most Irish would agree that “pudding” is an essential for breakfast.
  • Mushrooms some say that there is absolutely no need for mushrooms to be on the plate.
  • Potatoes Now this turned out to be a real challenge for me. Some ask for Hash Browns while others say: “Absolutely not!” and demand that only the original Irish Potato Bread/Farls are supposed to go onto the plate. Then there are those who would rather want a Boxty (Irish Potato Pancake) for breakfast. Imagine, even chips (french fries) must have made their way on the plate before — at least in one or the other restaurant up North.
  • Rashers fried, or better yet, barbecued.
  • Sausages All I have asked agreed: without the sausages it wouldn’t be a true Irish Breakfast.
  • Toast/Bread  While some are okay with the slice of toast, others won’t go for anything less than the Irish Soda Bread.
  • Tomatoes What’s their function? Are they there to eat, for decoration purposes only, or something to leave on the plate? Not sure about that…

Leaves us with the question: What’s a Fry? If the Full Irish Breakfast isn’t served in the morning but, let’s say, between 5pm and 6pm, it would be called a Fry instead.

About Carmen W. (Mirjam Fels)

I'm a help meet, homemaker, mom, and writer, born and raised in Germany, now living in the Sunny South East of Ireland. You can find me at CarmenInIreland.com where I’m writing about Life in Ireland and at TheChristianHomemaker.com where I'm posting about Christian homemaking. Additionally, using my pen name, Mirjam Fels, I'm running a small blog about writing and home education.
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