God Bless the Irish!

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Ahhhh! Corned beef and cabbage, what is better than that? Interesting though, my understanding is that it is more of an Irish American dish than one from “the old sod .”  Eric and I traveled to Ireland in 2010 and I have to say it was such a lovely country – every bit as beautiful as  you would imagine. The best part is that we learned a great deal about the country’s history in addition to seeing the beautiful landscape. As you would imagine, the Irish have suffered a great deal over the centuries – invasions, exploitation by wealthy landlords who took all the fertile areas and taxed heavily for those that used the land, and starvation. What is most heart wrenching is that during the potato famine, because of which many immigrated to America, there was actually enough food to go around. It was being exported for profit, as opposed to feeding the people.  I can’t imaging the sheer despiration that would drive you to take a flimsy boat across the Atlantic and leave all you knew and loved.  Many lives were lost on those boats – so much so that there was a saying that to get to America all you would need to do is follow the bodies in the ocean. However, out of such sadness we have gained so much from the Irish people in our midst. Literature, music and culture to name just a few. What we love about them – their wit, eloquence, humility, and a touch of melancholy, should always be celebrated. Raise a glass of Guiness today in their honor!


About joyfulg1

I have been an obsessed cook for the last twenty seven years. My infatuation started slowly, gradually widening my cookbook collection - and my hips, unfortunately! It all started with a new boyfriend who was interested in all natural, preservative and additive -free whole foods. After a few too many disasterous tempeh burgers and tofu pups, I was determined to find a way to make meals that he would eat that actually tasted good. It must have worked, because we are still happily married after all these years. It has been great to watch the evolution of cooking in America since that time, and the products that are now easy to pick up in your local supermarkets and farmer's markets. Now we have become more interested in travel and are finding inspiration everywhere we go.

6 responses to “God Bless the Irish!”

  1. Dorothy says :

    Your corned beef looks delicious! Hope you enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day!!

  2. Debbie says :

    My Aunt turned 100 years old on St. Patrick’s day. Can you imagine? She is French, not Irish…but, like the old saying goes, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! I’m glad you enjoyed your meal. It looks great!

  3. joyfulg1 says :

    Reblogged this on The Messy Kitchen Diaries and commented:

    Oh by the way….if you want some more info…Check out my newly added page “Basics”

  4. dvanderwekke says :

    Corned Beef is one of my favorites. I can’t get enough but I can certainly do without the nitrated. I came up with a Nitrate free version you can make at home. If you are dead set on having that traditional Pink Corned Beef then this is not for you but if you enjoy the flavor more than the color then here’s any easy corning recipe from scratch.http://www.davevanderwekke.com/cooking/how-to-corn-beef-without-nitrates

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