Dear Full Irish,

“Bless your little Irish heart
And every other Irish part.”

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, from Dear Food to your friends and family!

This morning, unlike any other morning of the year, I decided to go big. Instead of sulking over my more routine American breakfasts, this particular Irish holiday inspired me to own and wave the flag of all two-percent of my Irish heritage. That’s right, I whipped up a Full Irish Breakfast to treat the celebration!

Well, let me be fair: maybe not quite a spot-on Full Irish. The penniless college student is not far off from the penniless sitar player. I couldn’t quite get my hands on soda bread (then again, I suppose I could just as well have made it…shame on me), I’m not a big fan of breakfast sausages, and any evidence of potato is missing (Or is that just stereotyping?). -Most of all, I just wasn’t able to find black or white pudding anywhere on the shelves.

Darn.

Still, to the best of my abilities, I think my recreation was noble in gesture, no? Fried bread, egg, and bacon next to a general dollop of baked beans with sauteed tomatoes and mushrooms, and a mug if Irish breakfast tea to go with? If every there was a king in Ireland, I certainly felt like him!

                                   

The Full Irish breakfast is quite the tradition in its homeland, just as the Full English is to the east. Munching down, I wondered: what are some of your favorite regional dishes? From America? Another content? Comment below and fill us in on what you love! Hopefully sometime down the road I can share any of your same food loves on Dear Food.

And if you were wondering: yes, you’re darn right I finished every bite!

                           

– Rory

 

The two great loves of my life are the movies and food; you can't take those away from me. Growing up in Oregon, where the hammering rain can't help but lead you inside great restaurants and venues, I've picked up a fine appreciation for these pieces of beauty and art, and how to give and get those along life's way. Through a life of pictures and dishes, my only wish is to be able to share with any and all my insights, misadventures, and fortunes.