Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cookbook Wednesday | Irish Cookbooks

I thought I would have one more Wednesday before I would be sharing a selection of Irish cookbooks for Cookbook Wednesday but, when I looked at the calendar, my clickable calendar in fact, I realized St. Patrick’s Day is next Tuesday. Uh oh, it’s this week or wait all the way until next year. No can do:)

You’ve already been introduced to the first two of these Irish cookbooks; 250 Irish Recipes Traditional & Modern and A Taste of Ireland in Food and in Pictures, for Irish Coffee Day back in January.

250 Irish RecipesA Taste of Ireland | Theodora Fitzgibbon 1968

However, if you don’t mind, I’d like to tell you just a wee bit more about each of them. This edition of 250 Irish Recipes Traditional & Modern was published around 1959 by Mount Salus Press Ltd., Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland and is a first printing of ten thousand.

I’m not sure but it looks like the compiling of this little paperback book was sponsored by the ITGWU.

The Irish Transport and General Workers Union was founded in 1909 by James Larkin and within a few years became the leading organization of Irish workers. Its growth reflected the resurgence of Irish identity and the desire for national independence as well as the worldwide rise of workers’ unions that sought to unite the working class across all industries and services. (additional information)

From the title page:
The 250 recipes included in the following pages were specially chosen by a panel of chefs from among more than two thousand entries received for the competition organised by the Committee of the recent Irish Food Festival. They are published by kind permission of the Festival Committee as a unique contribution to Kitchen and Cellar Week, 1959”

Not surprisingly, there are quite a few full page ads in this book of 128 pages. Some familiar to me;

Guinness Ad 1959

Some not so much;

Ever Fresh Ad 1959

Time for some potatoes?

Irish Potato Recipes 1959

I’m not quite sure of what to make of this recipe. It’s called Liscannon Cottage Broiled Chicken…

Liscannon Cottage Boiled Chicken

A Taste of Ireland in Food and in Pictures is just that, a book of traditional Irish recipes by Theodora Fitzgibbon and period photographs by George Morrison.

The title page:

A Taste of Ireland

After that introduction, I just had to share this Potato Cake recipe

And the accompanying picture; an Irish kitchen around 1888

Irish Kitchen 1888

What do you think of this Chocolate Sandwich Cake

Chocolate Sandwich Cake

The “sidekick” Eden Quay, Dublin 1897

Eden Quay Dublin 1897

I’d like to end today’s Irish Cookbook post with some color from The Irish Cooking Bible published in 2013.

Irish Cooking Bible

Did you know Salmon is not only an important ingredient in Irish Cuisine but also part of its national identity. Here we have a recipe for Irish Whiskey Cured Salmon.

Irish Whiskey Cured Salmon

I feel kinda silly admitting I had no idea until today. Perhaps that is why it is also worthy of being called, The Salmon of Knowledge.

…The salmon was the most prized of all fish, but was also considered to have magical powers. To wish a person the health of a salmon was to bestow on them long life, strength, and good fortune. The most famous salmon story in Irish mythology was Fineigeas the poet's "salmon of knowledge", a mystical fish containing all knowledge that Fineigeas is said to have caught. The story goes that whoever tasted the fish first would gain that knowledge locked inside it. Fineigeas who was almost blind gave Fionn his young servant the task of cooking the fish, while cooking it he tested it by pressing his finger into the flesh, the purpose of which was to assess if it was cooked sufficiently. In the process he burned his finger which he then put into his mouth to cool the burn and tasted the fish. It was said that afterwards when Fionn needed to find the answer to a question he just put his finger in his mouth. What is recorded in this story is that the most prized fish (Salmon as well as Pike and Trout) were cooked over a fire made of apple wood which the Irish believed imparted flavour and colour…source

Thank you all for joining me for Cookbook Wednesday. Wishing you all the Health of Salmon. Louise:)

P.S.Tomorrow is Eskimo Pie Day!

Update March 11: On the spur of the moment I decided to take Marion away for a couple of days. I'll be catching up with all your delicious blogs when we return:) Wish us LUCK!!!

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