Legendary Irish Fare
Irish Cheese Board
Irish Whiskey Glazed Salmon
Warm Cabbage Salad with Granny Smith Apples
Sweet Mint Pea Puree
Irish Stout Floats
When we think of Irish cuisine, what comes to mind is Irish Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shephard’s Pie and similar type dishes. Potatoes were the staple. But the potato came to Ireland only 400 years ago. Did they create the traditional dishes without the potato?
If you go back farther into their culinary history, they were hunters and gatherers. The land was rich in heavy forests and travel was done by boat along the coastline and down the rivers. Fish and seafood were a main source of nutrition, salmon being a part of that.
There is a famous Irish legend about the Salmon of Knowledge. When Fion mac Cumhall was a young boy he was sent to live with a very wise man name Finnegas. Finnegas lived along the River Boyne. Legend had that in the river lived the salmon of knowledge and if you ate this salmon you would have all the knowledge of the world. Young Fion cleaned and cook for his teacher in exchange for the education he was receiving. Having caught a salmon, Finnegas gave him specific directions not to taste the salmon (if this was the magical salmon of knowledge, he wanted it for himself). As Fion cooked the fish over the open fire, some oil from the fish burnt his thumb. He stuck his thumb in his mouth to relieve the pain…and the knowledge became his!
I feel I live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world surrounded by very smart and knowledgeable people. It was confirmed when I learned our Boyne River was named after the River Boyne in Leinster, Ireland. The Knowledge of Salmon!
Irish Cheese Board
Cheese: Celtic Whiskey Cheddar, Cahill’s Porter Cheddar, Bandon Vintage Cheddar
Crackers: Kii Naturals Organic Date & Almond Artisan Crisps & Delallo Original Crostini
Condiments: Mileeven Honey & Irish Cream