Menu: Ireland

See that moisture in Ava’s hair?

Yeah.

It’s not dew.

The thermometer read 114F yesterday. This is the kind of heat that sticks to your hair – even with the air conditioner on full blast.

Considering the conditions (forecast of 116 today!), I desperately wanted to avoid the stove this week. I looked at cookbook after Irish cookbook. Yet, try as I might, there was no way to avoid turning on the stove for our Irish Global Table. We’re talking about a country that eats stews. Roasts. Mashed potatoes. Breads. These warming, hearty meals are the most celebrated Irish dishes. There was no way a salad was going to cut it. We’re going to have to time travel to winter, just for the week.

What sounds good to you?

Boxty Pancakes [recipe]
A day begun with Boxty pancakes is a good day. Despite the name, I’d call this more of an Irish crêpe – loaded with hearty potatoes and tangy buttermilk. Great with butter and chives, just like a baked potato.

Brown n’ Oats Soda Bread [recipe]
A hearty whole wheat quickbread – great straight out of the oven, loaded up with softened butter.

Cashel Blue Pizza  [recipe]
Make your favorite pizza Irish by adding Cashel Blue cheese. Delicious on homemade pizza dough (simply use our pita dough recipe)

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Buttercream [recipe]
Someone help us all. This is an exercise in indulgence. A rich chocolate cake lightly flavored with Guinness Extra Stout, frosted with Bailey’s buttercream. Perfect for birthdays and St Patrick’s Day. Also, perfect for breakfast.

5 Comments

  1. Jessica Bennett says

    My goodness that is a carb-happy meal. Everything sounds delicious, and I hate Guinness and am not a big fan of rich chocolate desserts (although the Bailey’s buttercream is right up my alley), but you make the cake sound so good. Pita pizzas are a staple in our house. That’s why I make pita in large batches and freeze for later- not only do I use it for several middle eastern dishes, 3 others in the house eat pita pizzas at least once a week.

  2. Given that Ireland has a temperatures in the 60-70’s during the summer the meals make sense. But not for our climate we have lately. Good luck with the heat and cooking. I know I have been cooking at 8am to beat the heat.

  3. Sasha Martin says

    Jessica: (spoiler alert) – the cake is great – I think whenever I have to make chocolate cake, this is the recipe I’ll use.

    Lisa: Geography is such a major influence on diet – from what can grow to what we feel like eating, based on the temperature. Our Iraqi meal was all cool – minus the grilled items – and so tasty. We’ll get back to that (for the most part) with Israel. 8 am sounds like the right idea!

    • Jessica Bennett says

      You must make a salad for Israel (if you haven’t already started your meal for it). They eat salad for breakfast, lunch, and dinner- with cucumbers and tomatoes.

  4. Tina says

    I must admit, this cake WAS great for breakfasts and dessert and midnight snacks…! It felt a little decadent eating something made of beer/ale and Bailey’s both, not to mention doing it (in small slices) both day and night!

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