Foods & Recipes
Irish food is about a lot more than Mulligan stew! You may find there have been a culinary revolution in Ireland since the last time you looked. Donīt worry, thereīs still plenty of brown bread!
Apple Tart Recipe
Apple tart with custard or ice cream, a classic Irish dessert.
Irish Brandy Butter, or Hard Sauce
Whether it's called Brandy Butter or Hard Sauce, this delectable creamed mixture of butter, sugar, and brandy is the traditional topping for Irish steamed puddings, especially the king of all puddings, Plum Pudding.
Irish Brown Soda Bread
Many readers have asked for the recipe for Irish Brown Bread. Itīs not so long ago that I would not have been able to help them, as the flour was hard to get outside of Ireland. Now itīs easily acquired in the U.S. This is the Brown Bread of the Irish Country Breakfast...appetizers, tea, anytime!
Irish Christmas Cake
Irish Christmas Cake is a cherished tradition indeed, but it's a delicious treat to offer family and guests any time of the year. A bit of Christmas Cake at Easter will bring cheers. No time to bake? Try Tea Time Express's Handmade Irish Christmas Cake from FoodIreland.com. It's superb.
Stopping at Shannon Airport at 8:00 AM after a night-long flight makes the mixing of coffee, cream, and Irish whiskey a perfectly natural thing to do. Irish Coffee is made to be savored, and St. Patrick's Day is another perfectly natural time to enjoy a sip or so.
Irish Cookery Looking Back
Darina Allen is hailed as one of the premier architects of modern Irish cooking. Everything old is new again, as she rediscovers the whole and real foods used throughout the centuries by the Irish people.
Irish Country Breakfast
The Irish breakfast ideal is a tasty treat that is generally reserved for Sunday brunch, arriving visitors, and those times when only comfort food will satisfy.
Irish Hard Sauce
Whether itīs called Brandy Butter or Hard Sauce, the uses are the same. This is an rich and heady sauce for a warm dessert, and especially appreciated during the winter holidays.
Irish Nachos are a delectable, truly Irish take on that ubiquitous Mexican treat. This is perfect party food.
Irish Oatmeal Bread
While both steel-cut and quick cooking oats are suitable for making muffins, bread, cookies and cakes, adding steel-cut oats give baked goods an extra chewy, nutty, flavor.
Irish Oatmeal Risotto
Irish oatmeal is a wonderful and healthful food. Itīs about more than breakfast and cookies. Try this wonderful risotto for a dinner treat.
Irish Potato Cakes : Boxty
These delightful potato cakes are the ultimate Irish party food. Boxty is served on important days like Halloween (Samhain), All-Saints Day, Shrove Tuesday, and St. Brigids Day (Imbolc).
Irish Potato Pancakes
Irish potato pancakes are wonderful as appetizers, a side dish, snack, or with a breakfast fry-up of rashers (Irish bacon), sausages, black pudding and white pudding, and soda or brown bread.
Irish Recipes for Christmas
Here are a few wonderful Irish recipes for you to share during the holidays. Family visiting, children being extra especially good, friends come bringing cheer...there's nothing like the aroma of Christmas cooking to set mouths watering in anticipation of a happy holiday!
Irish Soda Bread : My Best Recipe
Homemade Irish Soda Bread is as much a part of the Irish culture as the love of a cup of tea. This recipe produces a delicious, nicely crusty and even loaf that slices beautifully. It is good enough to gift wrap and makes a nice change from all the too sweet holiday foods.
Irish Wholemeal Health Bread
Slainte means "to your health" in Gaelic. Usually, this is a toast. Well, with this Irish bread recipe, you can have your toast and eat it too! The healthful, delicious wholemeal bread eaten in Ireland will help your whole family enjoy eating bread that is really good for the body and the soul.
Irish-Style Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned beef and cabbage is classic St. Patrick's Day food. Come to think of it, it's a fine meal any day of the year.
When the weather starts to turn cold, theres nothing like a good stew to warm body and soul. Heres the way Mrs. ODonnell used to make it.
Itīs not too early to start thinking about the traditional Irish Christmas treat---Plum Pudding. Despite the name, there are no plums. Dickens would be pleased with this recipe. It is very much loved, even by those who don't eat it.
Irish Oatmeal is distinctive in taste and texture. "Porridge" is a healthful food, naturally good and good for you. Take another look at this old-fashioned favorite.
Seasoned pancakes make a tasty side dish or snack.
Shrove Tuesday Pancakes
The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is made special in Ireland by a very unusual dish---pancakes!
St. Stephen's Day Hot Pot
St. Stephens Day, December 26, is a continuation of the Christmas celebration. Heres a good way to clear the fridge and still feed the crowd.
The Creators Book Review
"The Creators: Individuals of Irish Foods" by Chef Dianne Curtin rides the crest of the real food movement. Traditional methods and real ingredients from the home of Irish artisan and fresh, organic foods---southeast Ireland, Cork in this case.
Trifle, Low-Carb Way
Low carb living suits so many people so well that Iīd be remiss if I didnīt include this great low carb trifle for some traditional Irish-style feasting.
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