Irish Breakfasts

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

You can pretend you’re waking up in Ireland any day by cooking up a hardy Irish Breakfast. Depending on where in Ireland you’re eating breakfast and who is cooking it for you there are slightly different variants of what constitutes a “full Irish breakfast.” The typical meal consists of variants of the following:

  • Irish Breakfast Tea (Barry’s is the equivalent in popularity to Red Rose or King Cole)
  • Eggs (however you like ’em)
  • Fried Tomatos
  • Fried Mushrooms
  • Potato Pancakes or Soda Farls (if you’re in Northern Ireland)
  • Meat: Bangers (Sausage), Rashers (Bacon), Black Pudding
  • Toast with Butter and Preserves

It’s hefty for sure, but when it’s “free” and you don’t know when you’re going to be eating again and you’re spending the day hiking, you fill your belly!

Most B&Bs and Guest Houses in Ireland offer a home-cooked breakfast with your accommodation. Self-catering accommodations make the lovely gesture of stocking the fridge with basics. The much appreciated gifts our hosts left for us included: Irish butter & milk, freshly baked brown bread, homemade preserves, homemade apple cider, and eggs from the chickens in the yard!

I love that feeling you get waking up on holiday, to sunshine pouring through the windows, the day wide open. Sipping on your tea while the light dances off the cups and cutlery. It’s a feeling to savour, truly and fully.

Here’s a wee collage of my Irish Breakfast moments:


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