I don’t have any Irish blood in me. I know. Shocking. But, I still like Ireland, Irish music, culture, and food. And potatoes…but then again, I’m Idahoan.
So, when I saw Margaret M. Johnson’s Favorite Flavors of Ireland, I was excited to look through the recipes!
** I received this book free from Ambassador International in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
I loved flipping through this cookbook–it is very bright and vibrant. Johnson made sure to include a ton of pictures of not only food, but also the food culture of Ireland. It was so fun to take a step into a culinary tour of the seasons of Ireland. I have been to Dublin (for about an hour or two in between flights) and was a bit reminiscent. The book also introduces not only Irish-unique ingredients, but also Irish words and phrases. As someone who speaks Welsh, I was very excited to try my hand at Irish Gaelic.
However, I was a little intimidated by trying any of the recipes because a lot of my family is picky and wouldn’t be interested in many of the recipes. Lamb was a no, mushrooms were a no, tomatoes were a no, fish were a no, duck were a no. But, I finally decided on their Creamy Cauliflower Soup (I have been on a Zupas’s Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup craze).
On the top of the recipe page, it says, “Soup…has been a staple in the diet of the Irish people for many centuries, so essential that the late food writer Theodora FitzGibbon declared, ‘Irish people will eat soup at every meal both winter and summer.’ Safe to say, you’ll find a delicious soup on every menu.” We all love soup, so, it seemed like the safest bet…but, I would have to “pretend” that it didn’t have any potatoes, because my youngest sister hates potatoes!
This soup was very easy to make, and reminded so much of the Leek and Potato Soup I make every year for St. David’s Day. I used Kerrygold Irish Dubliner cheese (and oh my gosh, it was so strong and delicious!). I had three bowls!
Everyone loved it. Rhys said: “Mmmmh.” And signed “more”. Everyone agreed that the texture was spot on, and everyone (except the sister who doesn’t like potatoes, had two or more bowls!
I can’t wait to try out more recipes from this cook book!
What are your favorite Irish dishes?