Food & Recipes from Ireland

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tea-brack

Irish Tea Brack

This deliciously fruity cross between cake and bread is traditionally eaten at Halloween in Ireland.

There are a number of fun traditions associated with brack, which is baked with hidden items inside each of which has a meaning associated for the person who finds it.

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christmas-pud

Irish Christmas Pudding

With its rich fruit and the plentiful addition of whiskey, this pudding has an important place at the table in any traditional Irish Christmas

It’s often called Plum Pudding, but it doesn’t actually contain any plums. Many pudding recipes use suet but I prefer this lighter butter-based version.

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Crubeens

Traditional Foods of Ireland

From Irish stew to soda bread, black pudding to drisheen, these are some of the dishes and recipes that Irish people have cooked for generations.

There is nothing fancy about traditional Irish cooking or food. People in the past were poor but resourceful, their food was plain but it was also very tasty.

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Homemade Irish Cream

Irish Cream Recipes

If you don’t want to buy Irish Cream or can’t find the perfect one, the good news is that it’s quite simple to make. There are two good recipes here, which I selflessly tested on your behalf!

Irish Cream is also an excellent ingredient for making luxurious and indulgent desserts – in fact just pouring it over ice cream makes for a quick and delicious treat.

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Bacon and Cabbage

Bacon and Cabbage

Although long associated with Ireland, Corned beef is not traditional, the Irish are far more likely to serve bacon with their cabbage.

Corned beef is actually an Irish-American dish, though it is now eaten here too. It began when emigrants could not get the cured pork they remembered from home and so used corned beef instead.

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Irish Stew

The ingredients are simple, lamb, potato, onion and carrot, but the result is a hearty and warming dish which the Irish have enjoyed for generations.

There are probably as many stew recipes as there are families in Ireland, but this is my version and very tasty it is too!

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leek-potato

Leek and Potato Soup

Many Irish soups are based on potatoes, this one combines them with leeks to make a very satisfying and tasty dish.

A big mug of this kind of hearty soup is particularly welcome after a day working, or walking, outdoors in an Irish winter, but the flavour is good enough that you can also add a few garnishes and serve it at dinner for friends too.

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nettle-soup

Nettle Soup

If you want to cook something really Irish and that has a long history, this is the dish to choose.

Nettles were an important source of nutrition and variety in the diet of poor people in Ireland’s past – and it is a delicious soup.

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Irish Sodabread

Irish Soda Bread

This traditional bread from Ireland is made without yeast, instead using bread soda (bicarbonate of soda) as a raising agent.

It is quick and easy to make, though there are a few things you need to get right if the result is to be as it should – a light, soft bread with a natural sweetness and a good crust.

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Brown Soda Bread

Irish Brown Bread

Brown bread is an Irish staple, often made daily in the home as it is quick and easy to make and tastes best when really fresh, even warm from the oven.

There are two recipes here – first a basic traditional brown bread recipe, then a second one for a more dense wholemeal bread that is great with smoked salmon

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spotted-dog

Spotted Dog

Made with just a little sugar and plenty of dried fruit, this bread has been an Irish favourite, especially with children, for generations.

It’s essentially a white soda bread recipe with added fruit and sugar and needs to be eaten the day it is made – which shouldn’t present a problem!

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Colcannon

The most traditional of Irish dishes, and a very simple one, made with potato, cabbage and generous amounts of creamy butter.

It doesn’t sound like much, but there is something special about colcannon, it’s the ultimate comfort food. It’s so special that there is even a song in its praise!

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