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Eating Irish: Ploughman’s Lunch

Irish agriculture has pretty much all gone mechanized these days, but for many decades the ploughman was an integral component of food production there. Probably longer than in the U.S., where we adopt new ways more quickly, and we have more social wealth to support that.

Working with a horse and plough is mighty hungry-making, […]

Nepalese Hot Sauce

World geography was one of the fun subjects in grade school, learning about other places and countries. I fancy I did quite well in that class, and the neat things I learned there drove my interest in travel and world cultures (not to mention food).

Ask somebody to point out Nepal on a globe, however, […]

Tis the Season: Hearty Party Fare

Now that we’re safely past Thanksgiving week we can forget about eating, right?

Wrong. It’s party season!

School parties, work socials, you name it. You’ll probably have to suffer through go to six or more parties in the run-up to Christmas. More if you have children, or belong to any clubs. You only get out of some […]

Before Thanksgiving: Make Your Condiments Early!

You want to have a great Thanksgiving this year? Then make as much stuff as you can now! Include a couple of novel condiments for the table:

Cranberry Kumquat Chutney
Zesty Olive Tapenade

Don’t settle for the same, boring ol’ cranberry sauce this year! Make a fruit chutney instead. Your relatives will forgive you. […]

A Tasty Fruit Chutney

I’ve always enjoyed chutneys as a condiment, but I considered them to be a kind of jam or jelly, although often more savory than American jams. Many of the U.S. brands of chutney have chunky pieces of fruit, nuts and the like in a tasty sauce, and they’re quite good.

The chutneys I savored during my […]