Friday, November 5, 2010

Irish Breakfast

One of the most pleasant surprises of our trip to Ireland was how much we loved the food!  We had heard tale after tale from some of our foodie friends that we would be sorely disappointed in the typical Irish cuisine.  Well, I am happy to report that that statement couldn't have been further from the truth!  Shug and I adored the Irish food!

The resounding favorite for the both of us was the Irish Breakfast.  This breakfast is probably the utter antagonist to what I eat every day for breakfast in the States.  My usual bowl of granola with coconut milk was replaced with two bangers (sausages), two slices of Irish rashers or "bacon" (I'll get to this glorious bacon in a sec), two eggs, a broiled tomato slice, a small portion of baked beans, and heavenly black and white pudding.

Don't be surprised that I cleaned my plate at every breakfast!  I was told that the proper way to eat this plate was to get a little bite of egg, with the sausage or bacon, then add a little bit of pudding and beans, and then a sliver of the tomato!  All of this in one bite! 

The rashers were lean and bacon-y tasting without all of the grease that seems to accompany American-style bacon.  In other words: glorious.  The bangers were delicious, too, with just the right amount of seasoning. 

But it was the black and white puddings that had me at "hello."  I couldn't be sure they were gluten-free, but I asked what the binding agent was in these lovely puddings and I always got the answer "oats."  I took the risk and didn't feel sick after my breakfasts, so I kept on eating the puddings!  The black pudding was made of blood, bacon, oats, and spices, while the white pudding was made without the blood and some organ meats thrown in for flavor.  I know is sounds  unappetizing, but it was sooooo good!

I probably consumed more pork products on this trip than I have in my entire life!  That is not an exaggeration!  But it has been weird upon my return, I've been craving vegan pancakes and salads like crazy...I wonder why;)?

Have a lovely weekend! xo.

1 comment:

  1. OMGosh. I am starving, so this food looks even better. I need!


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