Menu: Ireland

See that moisture in Ava’s hair?


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.


  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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