No tourist should leave the Irish shores without trying the famous Irish breakfast which can either be a grilled or fried meal consisting of bacon, sausage, egg, tomato, black and white pudding. Sometimes, this is served with fried potato slices called fried potato farls, brown soda bread, and liver. Black tea and milk go best with this hearty meal.
One traditional Irish dish popular in the north midlands is called Boxty which is a kind of potato cake. There are many recipes for Boxty but all includes fried finely grated potatoes. A popular version includes buttermilk, mashed potato with flour, and baking soda. This is readily available in shops in pancake or dumpling form.
Colcannon means white headed cabbage in Irish. This simple dish is a mixture of cabbage or curly kale, wild garlic, mashed potatoes, butter, salt and pepper. Sometimes other ingredients are combined with Irish bacon or boiled ham, leeks, milk, cream, and onions.