Last year I took my team out for breakfast during our final week in the office to thank them for all their efforts throughout the year. Because I’m a thoughtful, caring boss. Plus they would have most likely lynched me if I hadn’t. The majority of us plumped for a traditional Ulster fry and I took a photograph of it for posterity’s sake. Approximately ten minutes after this picture was taken it was gone. I was a hungry boss that day.
If you ever visit Northern Ireland you should experience the delights of at least one Ulster fry. What does it consist of, I hear you cry? Well I’m so glad you asked. I give you eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans, black pudding, potato bread and soda bread. All washed down with a pot of tea and several rounds of buttered toast. Put this bad boy away and you won’t have to worry about eating for the rest of the day, possibly week. Pro tip – best wearing elasticated trousers when you sit down to it.
Before you raise concerns about my health, I can assure you this was very much a treat and I don’t tackle one of these every morning. If I did, I’d probably be six feet under by now. Whilst I know longer drink, it’s viewed as a great hangover cure. The greasy fat soaks up all the alcohol although I’m turning mildly green even thinking about that. Most cafes in Belfast have this on their menus and there are even vegetarian options I believe.
I try to be careful about what I eat and exercise most days but, now and again, you have to slide off the wagon and have a treat. Especially in these most challenging of times. Christmas is a time for relaxation and stepping off the treadmill of life for a few days. January promises to be a long, dark month. COVID is still prevalent despite the arrival of vaccines. Please be safe wherever you are and enjoy your festive breakfast wherever you are.