Jan 17, 2011

Recipe for an Irish Vacation

I finally booked flights home to Ireland for a quick visit next month and I spent the weekend trying to stretch a week to accommodate family, friends, and vacation time, too. Every time I sat down to try and create a rough outline of things I'd like to see and do, I found myself creating a menu of foods I'd like to eat!


Left to right from top: Irish breakfast (with a side of mushrooms please), curry chip, garlic chip with cheese, Kerrygold butter, Salad Cream, Guinness, Taytos (cheese and onion as well as salt and vinegar please), black pudding (left over from the breakfast), brown soda bread, Club Milks (7 pack please), sausages, Brennans Bread ("Today's Bread Today"), apple tart with custard, fizzy cola bottles, mashed potatoes, mushroom vol au vent (I've only ever had these at Irish weddings and they don't even sound Irish but I'm hanging for one!), Barry's Tea, scones with butter and jam, Bourbon Creams, 99 ice cream (with raspberry syrup please). 

Obviously this list does not speak to the culinary revolution that happened in Ireland after I left fifteen years ago; it speaks to my childhood. There's a story with every bite ... fresh apple tart with custard (before dinner) the day I was almost struck by lightning ... a bottle of tea for my grandfather in the bog—kept warm in a sock ... Mary Nugent's whole BOX of cola bottles at her birthday (the equivalent of a Bentley delivered by "The Situation" at a Staten Island Sweet Sixteen) ... buying Bourbon Creams from change I found in the couch that Mrs. Hayes thought I stole, and so said Jacqueline couldn't be my friend anymore ...
On this trip home, I hope to update my palate—and stories—with some nettle soup, local cheeses, and wild smoked salmon ... if I have time between Tayto sandwiches.

6 comments:

nadia stieglitz said...

I recognize Mackie's indulgences when we travel there. And you made me salivate just looking at the scone covered with quadruple cream and jam! HELP!

mise said...

That's so sad. I'll be your friend instead of Jacqueline! How about Silvermints?

Jacinta said...

Nadia, scone pictures get me every time, too—I'll double-up the cream on mine and think of you! Mise, I once ate a mothball that I thought was a mint, so for some reason I haven't had a taste for Silvermints—or any mints—since! Thanks, I bet Jacqueline's mom was on a diet when she declared me a bad influence/thief. Some day I'll get therapy.

smallsight said...

Whenever I visit home, making a list of what and where to eat is one of the prerequisites to boarding the plane. Mexican food being #1 on the list. They just don't do that (well) in Holland. Enjoy your trip home and happy eating! carly

Peg Lewis said...

Thanks for the photos, the labels, the text - I'm still mystified! Not many of those things in these parts (western US).

Jacinta said...

Hi Peg, yes, I'm sure these foods are indeed mystifying! Hey, at least you'll know what to look for if you ever find yourself in an Irish supermarket!
Thanks Carly—glad I'm not the only one packing an appetite when I travel! I hear you on the Mexican food. Strangely, Chinese food is one of my favorite things to eat in Ireland; it's so completely different to what I find here in NY's Chinatown. Adding it to the list now!

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