Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

An Irish Breakfast

One of our favorite things about England is breakfast.   A traditional English breakfast.    There is no sausage nor bacon here that can compare to the English variety.     Sometimes we go to specialty stores to get some sausages or bacon -- we miss an English breakfast so.

It's getting close to St. Patrick's Day and Costco was kind enough to stock some Irish sausages.    Ireland is close to England and I figured that there sausages would be similar as well and so a package came home with me.

They're wonderful -- they do taste like their England counterpoints.

And the first thing I did with them was to . . .

Make an Irish breakfast!    With an Irish lace cloth, green napkins, a green teapot and English ironstone in my beloved blue and white makes for an Irish breakfast table.    Orangey tulips are a nod to the orange on the Irish flag!

The table set "English style" with bread plates and butter knives laid across, tea cups and saucers for our breakfast beverage was tea not coffee this morning.

And a treat for breakfast . . .

Irish soda bread muffins.    A whole tin of them -- fresh out of the oven . . .

And into a green napkin lined basket to keep them warm on the table.

Sausages, eggs fried "English" style and beans -- not American beans but Heinz beans.   You can substitute an American brand and they're pretty good -- but not quite as good as the British Heinz!

My place -- just before I poured my cup of tea and tucked into my breakfast!

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.    It should be a "green" day at Susan's for I'm hoping that there will be a lot of exciting St. Paddy's tables capes!


Antiques And Teacups said...

Perfect! Costco had a different variety of short and fat Irish sausages last week...they were quite good! I bought some to eat and a pack to freeze. Your breakfast is perfect! Do your Irish soda bread muffins have buttermilk in them? I am looking for a recipe I can substitute soy milk for straight milk.

Bernideen said...

Can we all come over - we eat breakfast at night often after working all day! I love it!

Michelle said...

Those soda bread muffins look yummy...will have to try them for St. Pat's Day! Ages ago I used to make soda bread for a friend from Belfast and this post brings back memories!

Deb said...

I've never tried a soda bread muffin. Sounds interesting. Love all the dishes. Hugs, Deb

Taste the Rainbow said...

Now that is one delicious looking breakfast Martha!

Yum ~
Mary said...

I cannot remember the last time I had a full English breakfast.For a true Irish one you would need black and white pudding, not that it is everyone's choice if they knew what it was made with!!!Add tomatoes, mushrooms and wheaten and potato bread and you will have an Ulster Fry from Northern Ireland.

We are more healthy now in the UK what we have for breakfast but I know friends when they stay in Hotels will indulge in the big fry up, as will manual workers in cafe's.

“To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day. ”

Have a wonderful St Patrick's Day and have "the luck of the Irish"!!
—W. Somerset Maugham. said...

A Quote:-
“To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day. ”
—W. Somerset Maugham

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

mmm looks good. The beans..I am not sure but breakfast is the best meal to get in England!

From the Kitchen said...

I think the English breakfast is my favorite as well. Well, that and the high teas. We are enjoying our "bangers" this week. We are also enjoying unseasonably warm weather and a breakfast on the porch seems like a splendid idea!


Rettabug said...

Boy, did this post bring back fond memories, Martha! I agree with you, "There is no sausage nor bacon here that can compare to the English (or Irish) variety." We had some of the best breakfasts EVER on our tour of Ireland. I wonder if our Sam's Club has any of those sausages?? Will check...thanks for the heads-up.

Happy Early St. Patrick's Day to ya'

Priscilla said...

The butcher in our village competed every year for the "Best British Sausage". He always came in towards the top of the heap. I have to say, they were really good. We ate sausage for tea at least once a week. The only time we ever had a real fry up for breakfast was when we were on holiday and staying at B&B's. I'm glad they don't put pepper on eggs in England. It is an American custom I've never liked.
Your table is beautiful. I will ask my daughter to look at Cosco near here for the sausages. Hope they have some.
Super post - as always.

Rosemary said...

Beautiful! Now, not only do I want to come to your house for lunch and afternoon tea and cream tea, but I want to join you for breakfast, too!

Entertaining Women said...

A delightful way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The Irish Soda muffins look so delicious, and your blue and white on lace is gorgeous. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Tess said...

My english husband would love this (except the beans). We have to get our sausages by mail order. We could get them easily when we lived in Chicago, but can't get them here. We are having them for Easter brunch and he is so looking forward to it! But no black or white pudding?? (an acquired taste).

Your table is just lovely!

Your table is beautiful and breakfast looks delicious, especially the muffins!