Now you’ve come in, after a blissful day playing in the elements, it’s time for the main dishes. You’ve got some choices to warm you up.
Stew of any kind is a popular traditional Irish food. Irish stew is a favourite, made with lamb or beef and thick root vegetables, stewed in a pale broth. There is also rabbit, chicken or beef & Guinness stew to try.
Bacon and Cabbage Stew is another popular option, whereby a loin of bacon is boiled for roughly three hours and served with cabbage, spuds and white sauce. Colcannon is eaten at Halloween, a dish of spuds, curly kale, onions, butter, salt and pepper all mashed together.
Then you have Coddle, once considered the poor man’s stew. More popular on Ireland’s east coast and less popular on the west coast, it consists of sausages and potatoes thrown into a pot and boiled up together. It is a useful dish for using up any leftovers in the house.
In case you’ve forgotten, Ireland is an island! Therefore, you are guaranteed fresh seafood in all parts of the country. Some great choices to taste the fruits of the sea:
- Dublin Bay Prawns
- Seafood Chowder
- Irish oysters
However our salmon is the king of the Irish river, appearing often in many Irish legends and poems.Bread
You can’t talk about traditional Irish food without mentioning bread. As with most of Europe, its past popularity was due to its cheap and commonly-available ingredients as well as the speed at which it can be made.
Irish Soda Bread contains flour, baking soda, soured milk and salt. Its tough exterior crumbles to expose the soft, creamy interior when you bite into it.
Brown bread is made with whole-wheat flour and is the healthier option. Nutritious, filling and easy to make, it goes perfectly with real butter like Kerrygold spread on top.
Barmbrack is a yeasted bread baked using sultanas and raisins. It’s made around Halloween and as a game, the bread dough is baked with various trinkets embedded inside. Traditionally, the items planted inside were a pea, a stick, a piece of cloth, a small coin and a ring. If you got the pea in your slice, it meant you would not marry that year, the stick meant you would have an unhappy marriage, the cloth stood for bad luck, the coin for good fortune and the ring meant you would get married that the year.