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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!

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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

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Ingredients
Irish Whiskey Glazed Salmon
Sweet Mint Pea Puree
Warm Cabbage Salad with Granny Smith Apples
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Instructions
Irish Whiskey Glazed Salmon
  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients. Place salmon in a plastic zip lock bag. Marinade in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove salmon from marinade and place on a foiled lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Place under the broiler for an additional 2 minutes to create a golden exterior.
Sweet Mint Puree
  1. Rinse the peas in cold water, reserve 1/2 cup of peas for garnish and set to the side.
  2. Melt the butter in a saute pan. Add the shallots and cook until soft. Add the peas, sugar and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and cook until peas are tender.
  3. Strain the peas and shallots. Save the stock.
  4. Add the peas, shallots, mint and 1/2 the stock to a blender. Puree, slowly adding additional stock, until the puree is smooth and not too thick. Season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Transfer to a sauce pan and keep warm until ready to serve. The puree is good at room temperature too.
Warm Cabbage Salad with Granny Smith Apples
  1. Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil. Saute the shallots until soft, stirring occasionally, for approximately 10 minutes.
  2. Add the cabbage and caraway seeds. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until cabbage is soft, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the apples and cider vinegar. Stir to incorporate them into the cabbage. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the apples are soft with a slight crunch.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the parsley. Keep warm until ready to serve.
Irish Stout Float
  1. So amazingly tasty!
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