I have an Irish friend who is so Irish I thought he was American when I first met him! Well, the American accent comes from somewhere. Scottish – Canadian. Irish- American. He is one of those people who will try anything and do anything. He exudes fearlessness. He will challenge you on anything and you have to run the gauntlet on whether he knows bugger all or everything about a subject when you choose to engage. He didn’t just kiss the Blarney Stone; he bit chunks of it, chewed it and spat it out. I wonder if that kind of confidence comes from hiding inner self doubt. I love him for the touch of vulnerability glimpsed very occasionally like the shadow of a cloud momentarily across a sunny sky.
He makes the perfect breakfast. I’d like to say the perfect English breakfast but a perfect full English is Irish! It has to be Irish sausages and Irish white pudding. Bacon needs to be Danish! Free range eggs and Heinz baked beans are also a must. The day after St Patrick’s Day, at great expense, my mail order Irish breakfast arrived from
. Shipped in dry ice and ill prepared for our current heat wave and 25ºC+ weather. The stuff arrived a little warm. I was a little concerned. Not so concerned that I didn't cook it and eat it! New York
American breakfasts are good if you are here on holiday but long term they just don’t cut it. Bacon is thin and streaky and usually smoked. Sausages are ‘fragrant’. Bread is sweet. Pancakes are like ‘Scottish pancakes’ – mini sponges and it just isn’t right! Think MacDonald’s breakfast and you have the substance and flavours.
Today I made a full ‘English’ Breakfast – Sausages ‘with ingredients imported from Ireland’). They were perfect. English ‘style’ bacon, white pudding (with ingredients imported from Ireland’), mushrooms, Heinz beans (at $2.50 a tin!) tomatoes and fried bread made from HOMEMADE white bread. Free range eggs 'sunny side up'! All washed down with orange juice (
) and Tea (English breakfast). A 'full English' from all over the world! Florida
It was damn fine!