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Book of the Month: Irish Traditional Cooking

The Grand Irish Cross-Country Expedition and Pub (Grub) Crawl is over, but not forgotten. I’ve already shared the Irish Pub Cookbook with you, and I continue to enjoy its contents (and the food it presents). There’s another side to Irish cooking, though, and I’m learning to appreciate it as well: the common or ordinary […]

Rest and Recovery in Misty Adare, and a Visit to Lough Gur

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

The past five days had been Very Hectic, so we decided to take the morning off from touring and relax a bit. We slept in, ate a late, sedate breakfast, then went for a stroll.

I had been up since the chirping birds began serenading us […]

Fish for Friday: Fish and Chips the Irish Way

From what I’ve seen and read, and heard from folks in Ireland on previous trips, there’s little love lost between the Irish and the English. Setting aside history and politics, though, and there’s at least a bit of common ground: Fish and Chips.

Ireland consumes quite a bit of seafood and fresh water fish and […]

Irish Pub Grub: Fried Cheese

Is there anything better than fried cheese? (That’s a rhetorical question, of course.) Okay, a few things. Here’s an obvious one: Made-from-scratch fried cheese. Much better than that drecklich, pour-the-cardboard-chips-from-the-bag pseudocheese you get at some chain eateries.

If the cheese is something first-class, like Camembert, then the dish is Even More Better.

Carrigbyrne Farmhouse Cheese Company […]

Spicy Irish Cooking: An Oxymoron? Nope (I Hope)

Ireland isn’t renowned for its chiles. Some folks might even say Irish food is bland, like traditional English food but without the flavor. I certainly hope that’s not the case when I get over there, though!

But how can they make food with a bit of zing if they don’t use chiles? Well, there are […]