A Modest Proposal - Easy Irish Recipes for Not-So-Easy Times

Goose Bento

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A while back, The New York Times featured an article in which they asked several chefs to divulge what it took to make them literally throw in the towel and deem a recipe too high-maintenance. Well, this week, I’ve found a recipe that makes soufflé look like a walk in the culinary park. It starts off with the genteel request to “dust your crook with a goose’s wing”. A recipe that requires both a dictionary and the ligaments of a waterbird seems awfully intimidating, but meekness is so 2008. It’s Yes We Can time, people! Go find yourself a goose!

This week, while the Cork International Choral Festival rolls on in Ireland, thousands of people will be enjoying drink and fodder from the trying times of yore. Now, a country commonly associated with the word “famine” might not conjure up images of mouth-watering delights, but the names of this week’s recipes get my eyes watering with emotion. Boiled Boxty? Dublin Coddle? If it was good enough for Jonathan Swift, it should darn well be good enough for you. (If you haven’t found a goose yet, you can also use a clump of heather. Phew!)

Boiled Boxty (also known as Belcoo Boxty, depending on where you hail from) is a traditional dish from the counties of Fermanagh, Cavan, Donegal and Leitrim. The main ingredient (drum roll, please) is potato, but you’ll also need flour, salt, baking soda and bacon fat. Friendly for your wallet, less so for your heart- you’ll find the traditional recipe from the “Your Place or Mine” BBC series here.

Next up is Dublin Coddle, a mid-sized delight with an impressive literary run in the works of many Irish authors, including James Joyce. No better for your health than Boxty, this semi-boiled, semi-steamed dish requires pork sausages, rashers, potatoes, onions, barley and a whole bunch of Guinness. It’s more of a winter dish, really, but with this unpredictable Earth of ours, it just might snow this Tuesday. If you have fifteen minutes to dedicate to prep time, discover the rest of the recipe in “A Taste of Ireland” by Theodora Fitzgibbon.

Had enough potatoes? Find other ways to spend your time in Ireland.

- Courtney Maum

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10 Responses to “A Modest Proposal - Easy Irish Recipes for Not-So-Easy Times”

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    Looks so yummy ;)

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