I must admit to being a little homesick today. How could I not be? St. Patrick's Day was always one of my favourite days of the year. As a child it meant a day off school and a brief respite from the abstinences of Lent. In my college years and early twenties it meant finding a pub with good Guinness, music and craic. This day last we were up the Dublin Mountains in Johnnie Fox's eating the finest Irish fare.
The league started bowling and cutting into the breads. All of a sudden there were shouts across and down the alley! “Hey Helen, what were you doing when you were making these breads?”Cece’s mom Helen and her mom’s best friend, also a Helen, loved to cook and bake. And so, Cece had both of their recipes for Irish Soda Bread. ...more
But my favorite interplay between the two cultures lies in the stirring rhythms and soulful melodies of Mexican and Irish folk music. The Chieftains 2010 release, San Patricio with Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Los Tigres del Norte, Los Cenzotles and many others, is but one example. See, two great cultures that make sense together! Here's another something Mexic-ish to enjoy this St. Paddy's Day.
Cece’s mom Helen and her mom’s best friend, also a Helen, loved to cook and bake. And so, Cece had both of their recipes for Irish Soda Bread. Just before St. Patrick’s Day in 2005 Cece called her mom and told her that she had her recipe for Irish Soda bread and that she also had her best friend Helen’s recipe for Irish Soda Bread too! She was not sure which recipe she should use. It was then that her mother told her this story: ...more
Next week is St. Patrick's Day, so this weekend is the perfect time to make some Irish (or Irish-American) foods to celebrate. Even though much of what is called Irish soda bread in the U.S. is not really authentically Irish, it's still fun to make it this time of year. The varieties of soda bread are endless, so I hope the ones I'm spotlighting will tempt you to get in the kitchen. (And if cupcakes or cookies are more your idea of holiday food, look after the soda bread recipes for some ideas for those!)
A great food project for a wintry day is to bake up a quick bread recipe. These recipes can be sweet or savory, but have one thing in common: they don't require the slow rise of a yeast bread. That means even quicker, delicious gratification! Here are some quick bread ideas to consider making in your kitchen.
Irish Food Favorites: They're Not Just for Saint Patty's Day Anymore
The following link is to five traditional Irish recipes including Dublin Lawyer, Limerick Ham, Colcannon, Brown Scones and Irish Soda Bread.
No one is quite sure how "Dublin Lawyer" got it's name. It's an old, Irish recipe that's decadent in every way and makes a great, romantic dinner. Dublin Lawyer combines butter-sauteed lobster meat with a Jameson Irish Whiskey flambe and rich, heavy cream. The recipe serves two and is served on the half-shell.
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