Food - Drink
Full English Vs. Full Irish Breakfast: What's The Difference?
The full English breakfast is a fairly old tradition, dating back to British gentry of the 14th and 15th centuries who considered themselves keepers of pastoral tradition, including classic breakfast feasts. Today's full English breakfast typically includes bacon, eggs, and sausage, plus baked beans, tomatoes, and mushrooms.
A full Irish breakfast also has eggs, tomatoes, beans, and mushrooms, but the eggs are always sunny side up and served with four breakfast meats: bacon, sausage, black pudding (blood sausage) and white pudding (like black pudding without blood). It’s also called a "fry-up" because all the items are cooked in a pan with Irish butter.
Purists still argue about these breakfasts; Eater claims that black or white pudding can join an English breakfast, and potato pancakes can join an Irish fry-up. However, the English Breakfast Society says black pudding is only acceptable when paired with two kinds of bread, while Irish chef Annette O'Mahoney says "The Irish never eat potatoes for breakfast."