I’ve been cooking a fair amount of beans recently, and the other day i made a batch of New England or Boston style baked beans (don’t throw beans at me, the differences or similarities between the two are beyond this California boy, and i couldn’t even find salt pork so i just used bacon…).
I didn’t really have anything in mind to go with them, and now they’re in my fridge i’m trying to figure out how to use them. Then it occurred to me that across the UK and Ireland, those cans of Heinz baked beans are used for a fry up. I know there’s a huuuge leap from the canned, tomatoey breakfast staple on one end and the iconic regional North American dish with deep roots on the other, but please bear with me:
I’m just curious if any cooks in the UK or Ireland ever bother to make baked beans from scratch to serve with a big fried breakfast, or is it just always, always the Heinz beans from the tin? Would it be WEIRD to make your own?
And maybe this isn’t even the right place, but the two things are remotely related, yes? The Heinz product is loosely based on the New England dish that then caught on across the Atlantic mostly as a breakfast food? History aside i guess my basic question is does anyone make their own beans in the UK or Ireland to eat for breakfast?