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11. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 9y

Crikey, you could argue all day about what to call a grill/fry up but basically the following are used to varying degrees by Ireland, England, Scotland and I'd assume Wales. The Ulster fry up is also another variation but overall it really depends what establishment you are in. We've also got posher by getting grills instead of fry ups and different egg options ;)
Pork sausages, bacon rashers (not as streaky as the US), eggs (fried, poached or scrambled), black pudding (blood sausage), white pudding (pork meat, oatmeal, fat), mushrooms, fried sliced potatoes or potato bread or hash browns, tomato, baked beans, toast or brown soda bread, tea/coffee/orange juice.

As for other trad dishes, Smoked Salmon, diff Soups served with Brown scones/bread, Bacon (or corned beef) & Cabbage, Irish stew (lamb), Beef in Guinness stew, Fish & Chips with mushy peas, Spiced Beef (big Cork tradition), Calves Liver with Mash and onion gravy, Fish pie, Shepherds Pie (lamb mince), Apple Tart, Apple & Rhubarb Crumble. One website to get some recipes is Not exactly as I would make them but it'll give you an idea.

You could always make modern versions such as bacon & cabbage risotto or mini rhubarb tarlets with apple ice cream .... just a suggestion


12. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Ironchef
Here is a receipe, for bread, that all Irish mothers make.


500gm (abt 1 lb) plain flour plus extra for dusting
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
300ml (1/2 pint) buttermilk or 1/2 milk & 1/2 yoghurt
90ml (3 fl oz) tepid water
Oil for greasing

1. In a bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Add
buttermilk/milk & yoghurt and water. Mix well to form a soft dough. Transfer
dough on to a lightly floured board. Shape into round.
2. Place loaf on a greased baking pan and cut a deep cross in the top.
3. Bake in the oven at 200 degrees C/400 degrees F for 40-45 minutes

13. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 9y

Awesome stuff. I like the idea of the bacon and cabbage risotto. I've been playing around with colcannon potatoes and did a 'brussel and squeak' using brussel sprouts instead of cabbage. Came out pretty nice.

I'm still trying to figure a way to take a trip to Ireland and write it off as a business expense being as I am the chef of an American Grill/Irish Pub. Any hints with this one?

14. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 9y

Hi there,
Sorry no help on that one but I'd imagine check out your tax laws in the states. Be aware that you get no VAT refunds on F&B in Ireland but I'm sure if you set up legit appointments and work pay your flight etc there should be an expenses allowance but doubt it could be all written off ...
Good luck!

15. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting IronChef

I'm still trying to figure a way to take a trip to Ireland and write it off as a business expense being as I am the chef of an American Grill/Irish Pub. Any hints with this one?

It is research, isnt it? Cant u write research off, as a business expense? Although, traditional food is not often found in restaurants. It is usually something, to be found, in grandmas house.

16. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Lance, maybe your work can help supplement your trip if you take it during your vacation time? Say you pay the flight and they get the accommodation and food, or they can find a package deal to tour the country and you chip in...erm...bus fare or something. I'd say it's definitely worth checking out. They may be wary about covering an all-expenses business trip, but they may not mind helping you out if you go on your own time.

17. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Northern Whig - is part of a huge group in Northern Ireland can remember if its part of Botanic Inns or Mooney Group!

Irish themes - definately smoked salmon, Ulster Fry (only if your going for breakfast!), Champ (mashed creamed potatoes, scallions/spring onions) now l add a variation - bacon (lardons) along with some Irish cheddar mix it all together and then bake it in the oven to melt cheese -serve with some good sausages - delicious; beef & guiness pie is another good one, bacon (thick), turnip spuds and gravy & onions - again delicious - mmmmmmmmmmmmm IM SO HUNGRY!

18. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

Ok, nobody has mentioned one the best Irish(well at least dublin) dishes that you will mostly only find in somewere that does 'pub grup' or a really traditional irish restaurant, but every irish mammy knows how to make it!!! Coddle!

It consists mainly of boiled pork suasages, streaky rashers with potatoes(sliced, quarters, halves) and onions cooked in stock. My grandmother always uses oxtail soup! Then flavour to your own taste. The bacon sweetens it up, & so littly salt and pepper is all you will need.

This on your menu will definitely add a little irishness. another few are:
Lamb Stew
Curly Kale
Bacon & Cabbage
Dublin Bay Prawns (obviously prawns arent exclusive to Ireland but you could add a little Irish twist to spice up the menu)

Hope you find what your looking for I'm starving now!

Also, a very famous Irish pub/resaurant is Jonny Fox's, have a look at their website for a few ideas

19. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

Another great Irish Menu - hope this help!

20. Posted by quillber (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

the breakfast is a 'full irish' ive been here 24 years. ive never heard it refered to as an Ulster fry ever i dont think, would be silly when everyone eats the same one. and blood sausages, where are you living?? what are they?

An Irish menu should def include good quality fish, prawns + salmon a must, cod, lots of veg brocolli (the hardest word to spell!) and carrots, mash potatoes

quintessential are corned beef and cabbage, boiled ham, salmon our cuisine isnt hugely varied but it is very hearty and comforting