“The full Irish” is the name given a very large breakfast served at Irish B&Bs consisting of eggs (usually cooked to order), Irish sausages (the meat is more finely minced and less spicy than American breakfast sausage), black pudding and white pudding, a rasher of bacon (much meatier than American bacon), and some sort of fried potatoes. Often one also sees sauteed mushroom, broiled tomatoes and (especially in Northern Ireland) baked beans.

An especially interesting addition is the potato farl, which is basically left-over mashed potatoes with a bit of flour and butter added to it to make a dough, flattened and cooked on a griddle. They are simple but quite tasty. I’m looking forward to once again enjoying a “full Irish” when I return this summer.