Friday, 24 August 2012

Small Fry - And Let Them Eat Cake !

The Belfast Equivalent of a Full English is an Ulster Fry.

DSCF4483I had the small version – which is one sausage, one egg, one rasher of bacon, tomato wedge, portion of mushrooms, slab of fried soda bread and slab of fried potato bread. That is small!

Bob opted for the medium, which got him


twice as much bread , tomatoes, and bacon. Plus he had my egg [I don’t like fried eggs]

I hate to think how much food you get for the large one.

It was delicious – and we shared a large pot of tea, and there were copious sachets of HP sauce and ketchup available too.

Sunday lunch at Mags was great.


We had some delicious, home cooked, ham [boiled then roasted then sliced most efficiently by Al] accompanied by various salads- green, potato, tomato – and

Jamie’s Carrot and Coriander Crunch [serves 6]

• 6 medium carrots, washed and peeled
• a large handful of fresh coriander, leaves picked
• 4 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted, or poppy seeds
• zest and juice of 1 orange
• 2 lemons
• extra virgin olive oil
• 2 heaped tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

saladFirst of all, slice the carrots or cut them up into fine ribbons, matchsticks or batons. Put them into a bowl with the coriander leaves and the sesame or poppy seeds. To make the dressing, finely grate the zest of the orange into a bowl. Add the orange juice, the juice of 1½ lemons and about 4 times that amount of extra virgin olive oil. Pound your toasted sesame seeds to a pulp in a pestle and mortar, then add to the dressing. Mix well, then season to taste with salt, pepper and possibly more lemon juice to make it nice and zingy so that you can taste it once you've dressed the salad. Once your salad is dressed, the flavour of the lemon will lessen, so get eating straight away.

My apologies to Linda, Ann and Catherine, as I forgot to photograph the desserts they brought along. I hope Mags will soon be posting about Herman and the Sourdough Cake though!

Monday night was also calorie-laden – yet more cakes at Hookery


Mags, you and your friends have certainly fed us very well. Thanks! [Bob and I noticed that in NI there are many, many churches- and a high proportion have posters outside advertising Slimming World]


  1. If everyone has even a small Ulster Fry for breakfast no wonder they need Slimming World!!! It sounds as though you were exceptionally wel fed and had a lovely time too.

    I hope you will pop over to see me at Fat Dormouse getting Thinner ( and join in my Giveaway.

  2. Mmmmm the food!!! Ouch, the waistline :( I was recently donated a portion of a Herman, he was delicious!!! Linda xxx

  3. Oh Lord..what's a vegan to do in N.I.?!
    Jane x

    1. Carrot and Coriander Crunch, followed by fried soda bread?

  4. Herman the German (sourdough cake) has been making his way through our church and school too. He is really lovely. We found that when you get tired of making him, a portion of the basic batter will freeze and will reactivate readily once thawed.

    I was fascinated to find that every Herman I tried, tasted different - not just due to the different fruits that people used but the basic texture was different too.

  5. Intrigued that Jo [west midlands] and SV [Durham] are also both enjoying Herman Cakes at the minute. I remember making a similar 'friendship cake' back in London in the 1980's.Are these two - and the NI one all from an 'original' batch somewhere?
    The information about freezing is useful to know.

    thanks for all the comments

  6. Also very glad to know about the freezing- we're only on Day 6 but already I'm a bit worried about the sustainability! Very perceptive link between our church culture and Slimming Stuff.... A second Herman batch arrived on my doorstep yesterday, but it was instantly outfarmed to Kids and Capers!!


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