Demi Irish Breakfast

24 Sep 2010

No doubt you’ve heard about the quintessential Full Irish Breakfast. In fact, I previously wrote a blog post detailing out the various delicious elements of this famous breakfast platter which you can read here. While the Full Irish is magnificent and reknowned, I couldn’t help but want to share what I like to call our “Demi Irish Breakfast” which is basically what we routinely eat for the weekday breakfast here on the farm as do many other Irish families around the country. Sure, my husband can fry up a mean full Irish on a Sunday morning for us-always a treat-but we also love the simplicity of a boiled egg in cup with a slice of toast and a pot of jam on the side.

I remember my mother-in-law offering this one morning when I was visiting before moving to Ireland. I just thought it was so special and sweet. Of course, we don’t use eggcups at home and hers were dainty stainless steel cups which had gotten a lot of use over the years and had a little patina to them. In the photo you will see one of her egg spoons. It’s a combination of a tiny butter knife and a spoon, perfect for cutting the egg across and spooning out the egg. You’d have a hard time finding those in shops anymore, though they are the perfect design.

I love this breakfast because I am an egg-white only girl and I can scoop out the yolk (hand it over to hubs) and eat the rest. It’s fun to cut the toast into strips or “soldiers” as they are called here for the children to dip into the yolk of a soft boiled egg. We tend to have full slices with bitter orange marmalade or raspberry preserves, but many families I know serve the sweet little “soldiers” with their eggs and love the dippity dipping.

Why not try a charming little Demi Irish Breakfast this weekend?

Slan Abhaile,


Photo by Imen McDonnell

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