In the west of Ireland furrowed fields hug the coastline. Many a passer-by pays little to no attention to this ridged farmland, totally unaware these markings are the remnants of our ancestors’ toil. Referred to as lazy beds, these scars on the Irish countryside are evidence of an abandoned system of potato cultivation that once […]
The Spud Saga
Irish people love potatoes. The humble spud played an integral role in the history of Ireland, and America. Potatoes are part of our cultural identity. Here, I share recipes and ramblings all inspired by our beloved Irish spud. From the introduction of the potato to Ireland by Sir Walter Raleigh, to the Great Irish Famine, this is where you will find these stories.
Summer is here and lemonade season is upon us. Every time I squeeze a lemon for juice, I smile and think of the old proverbial saying … “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” What an encouraging, optimistic, can-do phrase, loved throughout America! Today let’s explore the origins of this phrase and let […]
Last year we explored the history and cultural significance of Irish Famine Pots, the giant cast iron vessels created to cook massive volumes of soup to feed the starving Irish in 1847, the bleakest year of the Great Irish Famine. I’m delighted to report the completion of a new documentary film about the preservation of these cast […]
Irish potato soup uses simple ingredients, which in years gone by were easily available in rural Irish kitchens. When I say this soup is easy to make, I really mean it. There are only seven ingredients – potato, onion, butter, stock, cream, and salt and pepper to taste. My recipe today is for a very […]