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What are some popular Irish foods?

Pattykins have provided you a great answer, here are some detail on Irish Food

The National Dish of Ireland are Colcannon and Irish Stew make with mutton (mutton is used as it comes from less tender sheep over a year old and is fattier and has a stronger flavour, tranditionalist will only use neck mutton chops, potatoes, onions, and water)

Irish drinking song "Johnny McEldoo", Irish stew is one of the first things the title character consumes on his eating spree

Colcannon is traditionally made from mashed potatoes and kale (or cabbage), with scallions, butter, salt and pepper added

There actually a song name after this dish "Colcannon"

It begins:

"Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?

With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream.

Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flake

Of the creamy, flavoured butter that your mother used to make?"

Dublin Lawyer

This dish is delicious and traditional - a happy combination of lobster, whiskey and cream - though its expensive ingredients make it a rare treat rather than an everyday affair.

Ulster Fry

this dish can be find on Ulster one of the four provinces of Ireland, consists of bacon rashers, eggs, sausages (either pork or beef), vegetable roll, white pudding, black pudding or lamb's kidney, fried tomato, the farl form of soda bread, boxty and wheaten farl. Traditionally they are all fried; however, in recent decades, people have taken to grilling the ingredients instead.

Scottish breakfast

Like nomal American Breakfast it contains eggs, bacon, link sausage, buttered toast, baked beans and tea or coffee, but the Scottish version also include Scottish style black pudding, sliced sausage and tattie scones, fried or grilled tomato and/or mushrooms and occasionally haggis, white pudding, fruit pudding or oatcakes.

Irish Soda Bread

Various forms of soda bread are popular throughout Ireland. But generally they are made from soft wheat; so soda bread is best made with a cake or pastry flour, which has lower levels of gluten than a bread flour. Before serving the farl is split in half crossways to expose the inner bread and then fried with the exposed side down.

Haggis

Scottish by orgin, but it is a popular item in Ireland, containing sheep's 'pluck' (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in the animal's stomach for approximately three hours. Most modern commercial haggis is prepared in a casing rather than an actual stomach.

Shepherd's Pie

One of the more wellknown dish from Ireland except some of which we known are actually cottage pie. The term "shepherd's pie" should be used when the meat is mutton or lamb hance the word "shepherd" with the origin being that shepherds are concerned with sheep and not cattle. "cottage pie" should be use when cattle are use. It have been a staple of Irish traditional cooking thanks to the trusty potato, which was adopted by Ireland as a food crop in 1780. Shepherd's pie is an economical way to use up food in your pantry or freezer while simultaneously providing a tasty and nutritious meal for your family especiaaly on St. Patrick's Day.

Guinness

The beer of Ireland, Studies claim that Guinness can be beneficial to the heart. Researchers found that "'antioxidant compounds' in the Guinness, similar to those found in certain fruits and vegetables, are responsible for health benefits because they slow down the deposit of harmful cholesterol on the artery walls.

What is the origin of St. Patrick’s day?

What is the origin of St. Patrick's day?

Saint Patrick's Day (March 17) is a Catholic feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (386-493), the patron saint of Ireland. It is a national holiday in the Republic of Ireland (but not Northern Ireland, where it is a bank holiday); the overseas territory of Montserrat; and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated worldwide by Irish people and increasingly by many of non-Irish descent. Like Christmas and Halloween, it is increasingly celebrated in a non-religious manner. Celebrations are generally themed around all things green and Irish; both Christians and non-Christians celebrate the secular version of the holiday by wearing green as part of their wardrobe, eating Irish food and imbibing Irish drink, and/or attending parades. The largest St. Patrick's Day parade in the world is held in New York City. Parades also take place in Dublin and in other Irish towns and villages. Other large parades include those in Manchester, Montreal, Boston, Chicago, Savannah and Scranton. Large parades also take place in other places throughout Europe and the Americas, as well as Australia and Asia.

As well as being a celebration of Irish culture, Saint Patrick's Day is a Christian festival celebrated in the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland (among other churches in the Anglican Communion) and some other denominations. The day always falls in the season of Lent and sometimes during Holy Week. In church calendars (though rarely in secular ones) Saint Patrick's Day is moved to the following Monday when it falls on a Sunday. If it falls in Holy Week, it is moved to the second Monday after Easter. It is traditional for those observing a lenten fast to break it for the duration of Saint Patrick's Day.[1]

In many parts of the U.S., Britain, and Australia, expatriate Irish, those of Irish descent, and ever-growing crowds of people with no Irish connections but who may proclaim themselves "Irish for a day" also celebrate St. Patrick's Day, usually by drinking alcoholic beverages (lager dyed green, Irish beer such as Murphys, Smithwicks, Harp or Guinness, or Irish whiskey, Irish Cider, Irish Coffee or Baileys Irish Cream) and by wearing at least one article of green-colored clothing.

Why do British and Irish parents allow their kids to go Trick or Treating?

Why do British and Irish parents allow their kids to go Trick or Treating?

SEAMUSLA, you surprise me with your opinion which is both justified and interesting as well.

I read all your previous answers, especially your "best" answers and it shows me that you are analytical, thoughtful and intelligent, although a bit provincial,as, indeed many of us are.

Being a "human behaviour" buff I'd like your permission to explain your feelings. They deserve to be explained because they are honest and meaningful.

Regarding your question "why do non-Irish want to celebrate St. Patrick;s day?" That's an easy one, as one Irish friend of mine said to me about 80 years ago (I'm 92 now).

He said, " Ron, there are only two kinds of people in the world: those that are Irish and those that wish they were !"

So the answer is, if you were a kid (and we are all kids at heart) and you saw a group of kids having a great time, wouldn't you want to join them?

Who would NOT want to be in a St. Patrick's day parade?

I was in New York City, one 17th of March and as I walked down 5th Avenue watching the thousands upon thousands of celebrants, someone offered me a green hat and a shamrock to pin on my lapel. I took it eagerly and stepped out into the throng. We marched all the way to the Cathedral and later I found myself in one of those Irish pubs with a few of the folks I had marched with. It was like being with lifelong friends. We swapped stories and I told them about my first experience in Dublin at the Hibernian Hotel where the Irish coffee is brought to your table and the waitress pours the cream on top over a silver spoon. Now that's Ireland !

(Would you believe I still hear from two of those nice people at Christmas time.)

Your second question re Halloween is that all countries copy events that appeal to them . The best example I can give you is that in Canada, where I live we actually BUILT a theatre for the purpose of putting on IRISH PLAYS !

Some might say, "why don't we build that theatre for CANADIAN plays or British plays or American plays?"

But NONE of those are ever put on in that building. Instead each year a dozen plays by Sean O'Casey and Bernard Shaw are offered and are immensly popular.

We copy Irish music, Irish food, Irish clothes and last Saturday I was in a bar where two friends and I had a drink of Irish Whisky because it tastes so good. (I also like Glenfiddich and Jack Daniels).

In our city (Kingston) we celebrate many ethnic celebrations, Portuguese is the most colorful of all, Native Indian days are celebrated in our town square and everybody goes and enjoys the music and dance of the native people (who were here 10,000 years before the white man arrived)

Every year I've lived it seems that the world blends its different peoples and cultures into a beautiful melting pot.

The most recent is Oriental. When I was a kid I never saw a Japanese or Chinese person. Now we have 10,000 in our city and here is the most startling fact I can tell you:

Last year more than 100 of our local citizens adopted CHINESE BABIES ! Isn't it wonderful?

Finally your distain for Hallowe'en is shared by lots of people here in America. Some actually hate it. We have friends who shut off all the lights that night to avoid visitors.

BUT the kids seem to enjoy it ! My great grandchildren prepare for weeks and make their costumes more innovative every year. I think they like Hallowe'en as much as CHRISTMAS !!

Thank you for your most provocative question, Seamusla. I wish I could meet you as I think we would enjoy each others company. Keep in touch. (ronmac60@yahoo.com)

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