Inspiered food from Ireland

I was so lucky, last week I made my flights to and from Ireland in the cold, only a tiny delay and no snow!

It was a great trip, and it started with what sounds like an irresistable recipe for garlic potatoes, hat off for the friendly cab driver! And yes, it is true, they love their potatoes in Ireland!

Garlic Potatoes

peel and slice the potatoes thickly, boil for max 5 minutes, they should still to be firm. Chop and onion and as much garlic as you like, soften in butter or oil, add mil and butter, when this is hot add the potatoes, gently simmer for 5-10 minutes, make sure it doesn’t burn! Butter an oven proof dish and pour potatoes in it, add more cream is necessary, sprinkle over breadcrumbs and slice butter, bake in hot oven until it is soft and enjoy!

After this mouth-watering, has to be tried recipe and a meeting I went to Dublin’s best wine bar for a warming glass of red, a lovely plate of pate with toasted sourdough bread and a small cheeseboard made from local Irish cheese – how much better can it get? After hmm.. a bottle (between my friend and myself) we were ready to go outside again, brave the cold and head to hers, she offered to cook and it is always a treat!

We had mussels cooked in a wonderfully fragrant broth, I could eat it all day long! Onion garlic, thyme and celery made the base, a dash of wine and the passata, in with the mussels and magic! Served with a piece of just baked bread to tear and mop up all the sauce, just heaven.

The new years menu is almost done, there might be some tweaks but the garlic potatoe bake will for sure feature, most likely with added parsnips and I will also attempt pear butter, have never done it before, full coverage to come, but Christmas first!!!

Merry Christmas! 🙂

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