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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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61 comments:

  1. I only now 3 Irish things.. - Irish whiskey, Irish soda bread and Irish coffee :D

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    1. Sounds like you know more than enough, Medeja, lol...

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  2. The Chocolate Cake with mashed potatoes is interesting. Yesterday I was looking at a Potato Roll recipe. It must keep the moisture in.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Hi Julia,
      I thought the Chocolate Cake with mashed potatoes was rathering interesting too. I know that potato bread is said to stay moist longer so I'm thinking it's probably the same thing with this cake. I'd love to try it one day! Thanks for visiting, Julia. LOVE your knitting projects!

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  3. You know despite spending a semester in Ireland in college (and having a daughter doing the same now), I have not one Irish cookbook. But I do have a recipe for Lamb Shanks in Guinness that I'll be trying this weekend--and posting if it is as good as it sounds! The mother in the family I lived with had lived in Paris and gone to Cordon Bleu school, so we ate very well, if not very Irish.

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    1. I do hope you'll be sharing that Lamb Shank recipe Inger. It sounds oh so good and festive too!

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  4. Good Morning Louise ,
    What a delightful post . So many things of interest that I did not know about the Irish . Can you imagine how in the summer time the kitchen was , bet it kept the house warm in the winter :) . Never heard of Irish whiskey cured salmon , but hanging out with you the past few years , I learned a lot of useful information . I liked the part about a taste of Ireland .
    Thanks for taking us down a wonderful memory lane . (((HUGS))) to you and Marion and Iggy too :)

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    1. Hi Nee!
      It makes me so happy to know you enjoyed this post. I will defintiely be trying that salmon recipe!

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  5. We are quite close to Ireland over here and I have a few Irish friends. They are such friendly people. I love Irish Coffee and I love Ireland. Very nice post and nice recipes Louise!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Alida. I wouldn't mind some Irish Coffee right now!

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  6. St. Pat's Day is really coming quickly, isn't it? Where does time go? Anyway, great cookbook selections. I knew salmon was important to Irish cuisine, but not as important as it apparently is. Good info! Really fun post -- thanks.

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    1. Time is going way too fast, John! I hope it slows down a bit when Spring decides to arrive:)

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  7. Love this post, Louise! Mine features Irish specialties as well. Have to be true to my Irish heritage!:-) I believe I've once again been successful with that linky thing! Probably not so successful at including it on my own post, but hopefully folks will know how to find you! xo

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    1. You did GREAT Nellie! That linky thing didn't get the best of you this time, lol...So glad you enjoyed the books and the post, Nellie...

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  8. You must have a massive cookbook collection! Can't wait to try a couple of those potato recipes.

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    1. I have a few cookbooks, Linda, lol...Do share those recipes if you try them:) Thanks for visiting...

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  9. Those Croagh Patrick Potatoes sound AMAZING! My kids would love the chocolate sandwich cake - yum.

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    1. I couldn't pick just one of those potato recipes to share Pam so, I shared them all! I have that Chocolate Sandwich Cake on my "someday" list!

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  10. Well, you have some beautiful weather for your road trip. Just be sure not to "slavishly" follow your GPS! And have fun; we'll see you when you return.

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    1. We sure did, Marjie! No GPS for us. We went where the sun lead us:)

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  11. Love the cookbook! It had almost slipped my mind-- corned beef and cabbage coming up! Or perhaps salmon this year. That would make everyone happy around here.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Debbie! I treid talking Marion into having this Salmon for St. Patrick's Day but she wants Corned Beef and Cabbage, lol...I will be making it though:)

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  12. Great information! There aren't that many Irish cookbooks, I suspect: this is a good list.

    When in Ireland I enjoyed all sorts of seafood -- oysters, crab, regular fish, etc. There are lots of fishing ports. The Irish Americans and Irish in Ireland have different types of traditional foods -- mostly very delicious! I'm waiting for St.Patrick's Day itself to post about Irish food.

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    1. Irish food has come a long way, Mae. I'm looking forward to your post.

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  13. I hope to have a cookbook next week!

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  14. Hi Louise,
    Great post as always...Love some of these recipes, and those are fabulous cookbooks "250 Irish Recipes Traditional & Modern" and "A Taste of Ireland in Food and in Pictures." It is always fun to see what you have in store for us. I know I can't believe that March 17th is next week already. Sounds like fun for you and Marion going away for a few days...Sometimes you need to get away from the area and see something different, especially now that the weather is getting warmer and a lot of the snow is melting...Enjoy..Have safe travels...Thanks again for sharing your cookbooks and stories...
    Dottie :)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this post Dottie. It was such fun to share a few irish cookbooks!

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  15. Dear Louise, What a great post. I love corned beef and I love Irish soda bread too. Oh, and I do love salmon and smoked salmon.
    I did not realize that St. Patty's Day is Tues. either. Time is running much too quickly for me to keep up.
    Give my best to Marion and wishing you both the Health of a Salmon too. xoxox Catherine

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    1. Thank you, Catherine:) Time really is going quickly Catherine. I'm trying my best to catch up but I also don't want to rush it, lol...

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  16. Louise , such an interesting collection of Irish recipes and they sure love potatoes :D And here I thought St Paddy's will be this coming Sunday ! Maybe I'll bake something green lol

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    1. So Anne, I saw your awesome banana cupcakes but didn't you bake anything green???

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  17. Hi Louise!!
    Thank you so much for sharing these Irish recipes and cookbooks- love it!! I would truly love to see your incredible collection some day, as I don't nearly have as many books! (I should start collecting myself though!) I hope you have a fun adventure with Marion- XX

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    1. Hi Heather,
      You really should start collecting Heather. I have quite a few cookbooks and you are more than welcome to visit my collection one day. In the mean time, buy, buy, buy!!!

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  18. Great list of Irish recipes. As one who has a home-brewer hubby to makes stouts a lot, it is so true they go well with so many foods!! Clarice

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    1. You lucky girl a home brewer at home! I've often thought of taking up the hobby myself. A one day {{{sigh}}}

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  19. Oh ! That Chocolate Sandwich Cake with mashed potato definitely caught my eyes, Louise ! Interesting recipe.
    I see lots of happenings this week ... have a great weekend, Louise.

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    1. Lots happening for sure this week, Karen. Will you be baking that Chocolate Sandwich Cake:)

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  20. Hi Louise,
    Such a wonderful post about Irish cookbooks! The first thing that came to mind when I think of Irish cooking, is Coffee and Colcannon! The only Irish author whose cookbooks I have is Rachel Allen and even then it is not solely on Irish cooking. I should get her book "Rachel's Irish Family Food"!
    Will be linking to Cookbook Wednesday soon!
    Have fun with Marion!

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    1. Everyone should have at least one Irish cookbook on their shelf, Joyce. I must look up that Rachel Allen book. Thanks Joyce!

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  21. Hello Louise,

    Thanks for sharing these amazing Irish cookbooks! I am so crazy about Chocolate Sandwich Cake! Love it!
    Have a lovely weekend, dear!

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    1. Hi Marcela:)
      So glad you enjoyed them:) It was fun to share them but a whole lot more fun to have a piece of that sandwich cake!!!

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  22. hi louise! irish potato cakes sounds good and the chocolate sandwich cake ..very intriguing! cant imagine how it taste like and it will great if have the chance to try it!! me too dont know much about irish except for coming across recipes like colcannon and irish coffee..and coincidentally, i just got myself an irish sweater! Will be going away on a holiday for 2 weeks soon, meanwhile you have fun too and take care!!

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    1. Enjoy your holiday, Lena and that Irish sweater!

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  23. Love the Chocolate Sandwich cake recipe. Hope you and Marion had a good time.

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  24. I hope you and Marion have a great trip. It's always nice to get away. Have a great St. Patrick's day if I don't talk to you before then.

    Love the selection of Irish recipes and photos. When we visited the Guinness ads were very popular and colorful. Good stuff'

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  25. Hi Louise, love to read about your cookbook, I especially like that Chocolate Sandwich Cake, something I would enjoy baking:) I am amazed by how you managed to get so much informations and pics!

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  26. I have to admit when I saw the chocolate cake recipe with the use of mashed potatoes I thought, "ewww, gross!" But when you think about it there are so many recipes these days that are gluten free or paleo and they use things like these to substitute sugars and stuff. I've been wanting to try a chocolate cake recipe that uses beetroot for a while now so I think it's funny that I immediately went yuck when I read that. I also find it so humorous that books in those days used pages for advertising too. I will disagree about the Guinness remark. I imagine there are many a thing that does not pair well with it loooool. (that could just be my general disdain for beers in general speaking though) Hope you're trip has gone down well!

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. Hi Sonia,
      I've done the same thing myself when first looking at a recipe. What would you think if I told you there is a really yummy recipe out there for Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake? Sounds "ewww, gross!" But, when you think about the ingredients in Mayo, it makes a bit more sense, I think:) Perhaps you have tried Potato bread? Potato bread usually stays fresher and moist even after days. I think the mashed potatoes in this Chocolate Cake would probably produce a nice moist chocolate cake. When I try it, I'll let you know:) By the same tolken, when you get around to that Beetroot Chocolate Cake recipe let me know. I've been wanting to try it too!!!

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  27. Hi, Louise!

    Interesting news you’ve presented in this post. I grew up in an Irish / German town, but there weren’t any Irish restaurants. Or cookbooks. Maybe potato recipes could be the theme for a post?
    Here in Winnipeg we have Folklorama in August. There is an Irish Pavilion, but I can’t recall much more than the usual corned beef and cabbage being served. Pity.

    Wishing you, Marion and Iggy a great trip and week!

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    1. I usually do potato themed recipes in February for Potato Lovers' Month Margaret but not this year, I was waiting for St. Patrick's Day!!! Thanks for visiting...

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  28. Love the chocolate sandwich cake recipe...thanks for sharing such great post Lousie..

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    1. Thanks Gloria. It does sound interesting doesn't it? Thanks for stopping by Gloria...

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  29. I've always wondered how an Irish Cookbook will look like........... The only thing I know is Irish Coffee. Hahaha! xoxo

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    1. Now you've seen one, Shirley! Who knows, maybe one day you will travel to Ireland and have an Irish Coffee:)

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    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Welcome Diana,
      Thank you so much for dropping by my blog. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. I went over to your blog and learned so much from that wonderful <a href="http://www.dianacloudlet.com/2015/03/fashion-dictionary-part-1-c.html”>Fashion Dictionary</a> you posted. Thanks!

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  31. I'd really love to try the Chocolate Sandwich Cake. My dad used to make Potato Pancakes for us all the time growing up, Corned Beef and Cabbage too! I remember learning to make Irish Potatoes in middle school. They were such a sweet treat.

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