11 Mar

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.Irish Stew - Caitriona Redmond - Wholesome Ireland

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 a few simple (and frugal) ingredients; it is a perfect bowl of comfort food. It’s warming, nutritious, and uncomplicated. Less is more. Read More

07 Jan

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 when she got home from school and she would have to eat a mound of slimy, over-cooked cabbage because that was the way Grandad liked it.

I find it very interesting that my husband’s family always ate their bacon ribs in a completely different way. I wonder if Mam had been exposed to their way of eating the ribs when she was growing up, would she be persuaded to try them nowadays?Bacon Ribs Recipe - Wholesome Ireland - Irish Food Blog

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29 Jul

Traditional Irish Food

There is quiet efficiency and frugality in traditional Irish food. Today, after a break of a couple of months, I indulged my yearning for food that cherished my sense of belonging, of home, of heritage. Read More

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