I’ve kept my eyes open for a long time for a cookbook that features Irish recipes. My library has one, but it’s older and doesn’t have so many of the features I really like. (pictures, simple instructions, easy to read format) I finally found a cookbook that meets all this criteria!
Irish Pub Cooking from Paragon books is it. It’s got wonderful pictures of the recipes and of the Irish countryside. I guess that’s partially a credit to the fact that Paragon books is based in the United Kingdom!
We celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a traditional Irish meal – or as close as I can manage. The kids have a strong Irish influence on their dad’s side; his paternal grandmother arrived in Maryland from the old country. That means my kids are only the third generation in that line. They think that’s a pretty neat fact. Especially considering most of their friends can’t claim that sort of recent immigration.
The main course that I’ve fixed for dinner in the past has been either shepherd’s pie or bangers and mash. I’m sure most of you have an idea what shepherd’s pie is. Bangers are a type of sausage and mash is simply mashed potatoes. Some people insist that proper mash includes some cabbage in the mix. I’ve had to make due with north central Ohio ingredients … which usually puts us with some sort of breakfast sausage and mashed potatoes.
The best part of the Irish Pub Cooking book is the variety of recipes and the range from beverages, side dishes, main dishes and deserts. The 80 pages are eye catching and attractive. Several of the recipes might not have caught my attention, but the photo that accompanies the recipe has convinced me to test the recipe!
Irish Soda Bread is one item I’ve been lucky enough to find. My local bakery has carried fresh baked loaves around St Patrick’s Day in the past. Talk about a treat with your hot cuppa tea! The Soda Bread recipe in Irish Pub Cooking requires only a few ingredients and seems to encourage bakers to test it out!
This year’s St Pat’s menu at my house might well include Colcannon. Although this is a traditional dish served at Halloween in Ireland, I think it would fit in on St Pat’s easily. Simply stated, colcannon is mashed potatoes, scallions and cabbage. Plenty of Irish folk have enjoyed that dish over the years!
Fish cakes is one of the most commonly offered items on pub menus. Easy to fix, serve and eat they also use one of Ireland’s easily accessible food: fish. And they go great with a cold glass of stout.
If you’re looking for an Irish cookbook, Irish Pub Cooking is definitely worth checking out.