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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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 salmonRead More
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!Read More
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!Read More