Food for Thought – Traditional Irish Breakfast

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This morning we are going to be cooking an
ulster fry. I’ll tell you what an Ulster fry comprises of. It’s bacon, Irish sausage,
mushrooms, white pudding and black pudding, tomatoes, potato cakes, soda bread and that’s
part of your ulster fry. I was asked by my sister when we decided to do this why we do
this sort of food. What she was telling me was, I know my oldest son’s more (?) he
works as a scaffolder and he would prefer a good breakfast rather than a light breakfast
and lunch so if he had this going to work this would do him all day and then he would
get his main meal at night. That’s why a lot of Irish people eat a big breakfast on
a morning. Traditionally (?) we would get this on a Sunday morning before we go to mass
or church. (?) there’s one shop you can go to and they
sell lots of things that we would have at home and I got (?).
What would happen now at home, and this is every week, what would happen is all my sisters
and cousins and brothers all meet up on a Saturday morning at the café. We all worked
at it when we were younger! We would meet there and this is what they would eat. They
would sit and they’d gossip and there must have been about 14 of them and they would
sit and have their fry up for their breakfast and then what they would do is talk about
everything what has happened during the week. Then they’d leave each other and go back
and meet each other – it’s a regular thing every Saturday morning. So as they grow up
and have all the kids with them, you know, they’ve still got that sort of extended
family over there but we don’t have it as much anymore. (?) We always ate the fat off
steak and meat. If you talked to anybody Irish they would say that was the nicest bit.
Another thing we used to have was… we are an awful lot of barley. I think it’s comfort food. It fills you. So probably if there wasn’t much in you’d have it. I remember my mam
getting a marrow bone (?) and she put barley and carrots in it and it made broth and it
was so that you could have stood on it. I can actually remember once my mammy and daddy,
I mean there were 6, 3 boys and 3 girls, and I actually remember them not having enough
in to feed them. I remember my mammy saying to my daddy, ‘we have all the bones were
ever going to have, theirs just won’t grow’ and we were sitting eating and they were sitting
watching us and that’s the truth. I mean, that’s not 100 years ago. (?) all you would
do with that is, you wouldn’t need any other bread, you wouldn’t. You wouldn’t need
more bread but I’ve know people who do eat more bread with it. So what we’d do with
that is you’d just have a big mug of tea, HP sauce and get stuck in.
Here’s what we do, this is a potato cake. This here, do you know what this is? It’s
just made with cold potatoes and flour. So never throw the spuds away.
(?): You can make it if you wanted to. Yes, you can. I’ve made these before. I’ve
made them just because we have had loads of potatoes left over. You just mash a bit of
cold potato but you need a good griddle for it. I’ll tell you what, what I sometimes
used to do; I’d use the heaving thing that Asian people would use for chapattis. That
sort of heavy pan where it holds the heat – You’d do it in that. There’s the sauce,
there’s the salt and there’s the butter there. The butter there would be for if anyone
wanted some sliced bread as well as the fried bread. So maybe you might (?) with a cup of
tea after it. So we’ve got mushrooms, we’ve got potato cakes, we’ve got soda bread,
we’ve got white pudding, black pudding, what you could add to that if you wanted would
be… you could add tomatoes if you wanted, you could add beans.
That’s that. There’s some mushrooms. Chris, do you want one egg or two, love?
Chris: Just one please. Okay, there’s his egg. That’s a wee bit
of white pudding too. There’s the bacon and I’ll give him one big fat sausage and
a wee skinny one.


  1. When I was in Ireland visiting I made sure that I ate an Irish breakfast everyday,,,lolll..I simply loved it…I can't wait to go back…great video mum..hehe

  2. North American Mothers (Canada and U.S.A) should learn how to cook real food for their children,all they eat is coffee and muffins for breakfast.

  3. My very first morning in Ireland I woke up and came down and was served an Irish breakfast. It was the most memorable breakfast experience of my life. It was so delicious I was profuse with compliments 🙂

  4. When I was in Ireland I had to have an Irish breakfast…soooo goood..! I wouldn't eat all day till dinner cause I was so full..Walked it off..I will be back in Ireland soon..

  5. Thank you for a wonderful trip down membery lane for me, makes me think of my dear departed mam how she would make breakfast on a Sunday morning. Love to you and yours and thank you sweet sweet women x

  6. Looks delicious. Would you consider me rude if I just showed up at your house for breakfast? Hahaha Don't worry I won't come empty handed……;)

  7. Fair play. Hangover? Have an Irish Breakfast same as here but without the mushrooms and farls, as the lady says if you're scaffolding, lifting loads, walking dogs or lying on the couch you wont need a lunch. I don't believe for one minute that that man had only one egg BTW..

  8. my dad grew up in the depression. i can still rember hi 'snack'. a lard sandwich with sugar. the area I grew up in scrapple with eggs. Or ocean snapper and eggs. I learned to try everything before I turned my nose up at  it.

  9. Hello

    Originally the Full cooked breakfast was ordered by Field Marshal Montgomery (Hence it was originally called "The Full Monty")
    He did it for the same reason, As he realised that he probably wouldn't be eating again until that evening
    The cafe he went to had a list of items available for breakfast. He is reported as saying 2 of everything.
    The Full English has Black/Blood Pudding
    The Full Scottish has Haggis
    The Full Cornish has Hogs/White Pudding
    As far as I can find out the Full Irish has both Black and White Pudding?

    Andy C

  10. No wonder he had a hard time figuring out when to get up off his ass and fight. Maybe he was too hungry when he planned the Market Garden fiasco !

  11. "full stomach ~ happy heart" 🙂

    that brekkie looks awesome – so nice of the little princess to help her mommy

  12. Bravo, Bravo. That is an excellent breakfast. Which is the most important meal of the day. If you are a blue collar worker you will sweat the grease out during your working day. SO don't worry about the cholesterol.  Now when I was in Dublin a few years ago. The food was gross. It was cold. Could not find any traditional Irish breakfasts. Sausage rolls at the store had no taste. Fish and chips were bland. And the Xmas suppers were ice cold and expensive. Liverpool had better. But where did I find traditional Irish breakfasts was in Amsterdam. The Irish pubs were real with real Irish folk and cooked it like I remembered it as a child. There was about 3 pubs that served it plus 2 more to drink in. But maybe in Dublin everyone was from Poland or Asian. Now in the Merican south the sausage is good but has a different spicey style taste. Very heavy on the grease and meat flavor. I love them both. SO I am a happy camper. My favorite sausage comes from Wayne County North Carolina. Ole Waynesboro hams is excellent.

  13. Great video. Some people think Irish people eat this all the time – like the lady in the video says – it might be something you do just once a week!

  14. Thank God … a proper Irish Person making proper Irish food.
    It is a shocker how many people on the internet are putting up "Irish food" tutorials which have no spices at all or something they think seems Irish. Or just because it has potatoes, meat and water , therefore it must be an Irish recipe. Here is the kicker they are not Irish nor using proper spices and it seems everything is marked as "st. Paddy day special".

  15. this is nice but… as an Ulsterman we don't have potatoe cakes. we have fadge or potatoe bread. also most Ulster Fry's don't have mushrooms. just being fussy!!

  16. I'm from southeast North Carolina, USA…I couldn't understand a word she said…but I like what she cooked!😃

  17. You're so well organised no stress at all with all that going on. I get stressed with bacon sandwiches for two. Lovely lady.

  18. I guess my Irish roots…I understood every looked wonderful but would only do this on a special occasion..I just like a hearty porridge with apples or strawberries..filling and simple.

  19. Great. Personally I would like bacon crispy. Very much like a breakfast down south but we would have potatoes rather than potato cakes.

  20. What is interesting and endearing here for me is that I can see my mother and her sisters in this lady's face….because they are of strong Irish roots.

  21. An Irish breakfast is the same as an English breakfast whereas an Ulster fry in a Northern Ireland thing. Soda and potato bread is not that common in the republic of Ireland.

  22. love the video, but get that sharp fekkin knife outta that teflon pan! that shite is poison to ye and your loved ones

  23. Not terribly helpful that she buys her potato cakes and soda bread at the market. That, plus Ulster isn’t in Ireland. Fake.

  24. "A scaffolder" the last of the great intellectuals, a man who gets paid for constructing platforms using old pipes and wooden scrag ends to surround a shaky building for a few weeks.

    Where would be without scaffolders?

    In a much better society, no question.

  25. When I was in Ireland (Waterford) I was addicted to a breakfast sandwich they called a "Pab" sandwich. Which was an egg,sausage,and bacon served on a Irish muffin. OOHH good eaten.

  26. These days, this is regarded as healthy food again!
    I think it pretty much is, if the carbohydrates are kept low.
    A lot better than skimmed milk and processed sugary grains…
    I think I to could go all day on this…

    Lovely young girl, learning her mothers skills, hanging on every detail, already confident in her position.

    Somebodies doing something right…

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