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Irish Cooking is not Corned Beef and Cabbage

  • Apr 12, 2011
When I first visited Ireland a couple of years ago, I dreaded what I would have to eat. I thought  it would be dreary. Who's heard about Irish cooking other than corned beef and cabbage? Was I ever wrong! Irish cooks have embraced the concept of cooking fresh and organic.

Yes, the potato is still a staple and is served with almost every meal, but in wonderful and fresh ways. You will also get two other veggies on your plate as well which makes for a very balanced and flavorful meal.

Even the celebrity chefs are aware of the wonderful contemporary Irish cuisine - watch shows by Bobby Flay and Anthony Bourdain as they rave about the food.

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April 27, 2011
I love Irish food! It really bothers me when people say they ate crap food there. I think you have to restrict yourself to fast food and dingy pubs to get away from the glorious options available throughout the country. Well said!
April 12, 2011
Oooh, I highly approve of fresh and organic! Were there any particular dishes that you enjoyed? I'm always looking for new dishes to try to imitate :)
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Irish cuisine takes its influence from the crops grown and animals farmed in its temperate climate. The introduction of the potato in the second half of the sixteenth century heavily influenced cuisine thereafter. Irish beef is exported world-wide and renowned for its high quality.

Other examples of Irish are Irish stew, and bacon and cabbage (boiled together in water). Boxty, a type of potato pancake, is another traditional dish. A dish mostly particular to Dublin is coddle, which involves boiled pork sausages. Ireland is famous for the Irish breakfast, a fried (or grilled) meal generally comprising bacon, egg, sausage, black and white pudding, fried tomato and which may also include fried potato farls or fried potato slices.

Colcannon is a good dish made of potato and wild garlic (the earliest form), cabbage or curly kale, (compare bubble and squeak). Champ consists of mashed potato into which chopped scallions (spring onions) are mixed.

While seafood has always been consumed by Irish people, shellfish dishes have increased in popularity in recent times, especially due to the high quality of shellfish available from Ireland's coastline, e.g. Dublin Bay Prawns, Oysters (many oyster festivals are held annually around the fairy coast where oysters are often served with Guinness, the ...

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