A Taste Of Ireland

Here let's discover some uniquely Irish products and ingredients, from steak sauces to potato chips, which are loved by Irish men and women all over the world. This is the grub that makes our Irish taste buds tingle.

The Most Cups Of Tea Poured In An Hour

A big golden teapot

This week at the Irish Ploughing Championships a world record has been broken. A very important world record, mind you. The Guinness Book of Records for the Most Cups of Tea Poured in an Hour now rests with the Irish. A fitting home for such a prestigious honor. As you know, we Irish love our […]

Barbecues In Ireland And The Big Grill Festival


When I was a little girl in Dublin I never laid eyes on a barbecue. Burgers were fried in a skillet on the stove top, and grilled sausages were actually broiled.  It wasn’t until I came to America that I tasted the glories of the grill, savored the depth of flavor a good BBQ sauce […]

Bring Me Back A Rock!


A stick of rock! Who remembers these tubes of hardened sugar, we savored as kids.  In Ireland these traditional, cylindrical, boiled sweets were usually dyed pink and white, or sometimes festooned in our patriotic colors of green, white and orange. When a friend or relative was heading to the beach, or seaside as we say […]

Irish American Mom’s Top Ten Recipes


With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I thought why not review my recipes to see which ones are most popular with readers. And so I’ve come up with my Top Ten Recipes of all time. Believe it or not, all of the most viewed recipes on my site are Irish recipes. Well, I […]

Tayto Crisps


Tayto cheese and onion crisps are a favorite Irish snack. These highly seasoned potato chips boast a very distinctive flavor, and are perfect with a pint of beer. A sharp cheddar taste explosion with overpowering onion strains, combines with deep fried potato slivers, creating a taste of Ireland I absolutely adore. No American chip tantalizes […]

Irish Hot Whiskey


Cold and flu season is upon us. But fear not! Ireland boasts a traditional cure for notorious winter viruses.  Of course, the Irish answer to chills and fevers is none other than a hot whiskey. Whiskey’s medicinal properties are probably why it got its name “uisce beatha”, or water of life? In Scotland the preferred […]

How To Light A Christmas Pudding


When I was a little girl in Ireland I loved when my mom set our Christmas pudding alight. Our annual pyrotechnic show was achieved quite simply, using a candle, a metal spoon, a dollop of brandy and one piping hot plum pudding. Lighting a plum pudding is accomplished using brandy, whiskey or rum. I like […]

The Irish Cuppa Tea Plus A Giveaway From Dolmen County Retailers


Believe it or not, Ireland is one of the leading consumers of tea per capita on the planet. Now I would have assumed India or China might receive this honor, but no, the people of Turkey, Morocco and Ireland love their cuppa the most. And I for one, am a tea-loving, Irish woman. I love […]

Soup Making Tips For Fall Or Autumn

Potato and Leek Soup

Once Labor Day has passed, and fall is in the air, it’s time to start thinking about soup. There’s nothing like a bowl of chunky, satisfying soup on a nippy day, to warm the cockles of your heart. Soups come in all colors, textures, and tastes. In fact, I think it’s safe to say there’s […]

Beans On Toast – An Easy Lunchtime Staple For Irish Moms


Beans on toast featured regularly on my lunchtime menu as an Irish kid – a simple, nutritious meal I’m quite certain continues to be eaten regularly by many Irish and English children. An American friend once asked me about Irish lunchtime menus. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are the all-American, easy, lunchtime staple. No PB […]

Blackcurrants – A Taste Of Ireland I Miss In America


I love the intense tart flavor of black currants, a distinctive taste of the British Isles I have missed during the past twenty-something years spent living in America.  Last week my sister’s backyard black currant bushes were laden with fruit ready for harvesting. I willingly volunteered to be her fruit picker for the day. Blackcurrants […]