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The Ulster Fry. Northern Ireland's signature breakfast. Not "Ulster Fry" nor simply "Ulster. " THE Ulster Fry. Just as Belfast-born musical legend Van Morrison is known formally as Sir George Ivan Morrison, OBE, a dish like this is well-deserving of a sturdy name and the article that precedes it. Aptly described in Biddy White Lennon's Best of Irish Traditional Cooking, "If you thought The Full Irish was a big breakfast, it's only in the ha 'penny place by comparison with the breakfast of our northern relatives!" We enjoyed a Full Irish or two during a 2015 visit to the Republic of Ireland, a trip that came about rather haphazardly from the idea that it would be really cool to see Van Morrison perform in his native land. We couldn't decide which breakfast we preferred - the one served with fine silver and linens at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin, or another at a modest bed and breakfast in Tullamore, prepared with care by a mom while her "Young Patrick" completed his school work in the next room. Either way, we bring you Northern Ireland's ramped up version from our own kitchen with longing for Belfast and the sounds of Van.
The Ulster Fry
bacon rashers | pork sausages | black and white pudding | tomatoes | mushrooms
boxty | griddle bread
Boxty on the griddle, boxty on the pan,
if you can't bake boxty sure you'll never get a man!
Smoked Salmon with Brown Soda Bread
Grilled Black Pudding with Herbed Potato Cake
Seared Scallops with Nut-Brown Butter
Champ | Buttered Carrots
There was an old woman
who lived in a lamp,
She had no room
to beetle her champ.
She's up'd with her beetle
and broke the lamp,
and now she has room
to beetle her champ.
Among my favorite Christmas moments was watching Doug's face when he pulled Van Morrison concert tickets from his stocking. Van Morrison. Live. In Cork? We looked at each other and realized, "We're going to Ireland!" Even after arriving in the Emerald Isle, he still didn't believe it was happening, and acquiesced only at will call once actual tickets were in hand. It was an experience to behold, especially learning (after the fact) that Van the Man was lodging at our manor and that we breakfasted in the next room from him. Alas, we never met, but we'll always have "Days Like This" in a tent in Cork.
Kitchen Traveler is the creative brainchild of Michele McMurry and husband Doug, who together recreate global flavors from their cozy galley kitchen in San Antonio, Texas. While our passion for wandering and savoring is not new, our appreciation for such experiences ─ that for now remain on hold ─ is deeper than ever.