• Dinner,  Lamb,  Recipes

    Irish Stew

    When I was doing up my meal plan this week I realised that sometimes I neglect to share the older recipes; the ones that have been in my family for generations. Irish stew is one of those dishes that I see on the menus of restaurants on the tourist trail but I would rarely order it while dining out. Not because it’s ‘peasant food’ but more because I can cook it so easily in my own home. I’m often disappointed by traditional Irish food when I eat at a restaurant. There’s no need to add too many extra ingredients or tweak a recipe much. Irish stew is hearty, made with…

  • Dinner,  Irish Food,  Pork,  Recipes

    Bacon Ribs

    Bacon ribs don’t seem to be as popular in modern Ireland as they were in my Grandad’s youth. He likes his bacon ribs boiled with cabbage until both are tender, then served with a pile of buttery mashed potatoes. Ribs were far cheaper to buy 80 odd years ago than they are now but they are still a frugal cut of bacon to enjoy for a family meal. Mam remembers this dish being prepared as she was growing up (Grandad will turn 99 this year, Mam obviously is an awful lot younger!). She absolutely detested it, she said that the smell of the boiling cabbage would linger in the hall…