Irish Brown Bread

Irish Brown Bread

I cannot remember the first time I had Irish brown bread. I’m guessing it was while living in Dublin and going to school that, one day, I bought a regular old package of sliced bread and the creamiest butter I’ve ever had. Toast and butter,…

Irish Caramel Hobnobs

Irish Caramel Hobnobs

Have you heard of Hobnobs? They are made by McVities and are one of the most delectable oaty biscuits (cookies) in my culinary collection of British and Irish delights. Sometimes I find them in stores; sometimes I don’t. One such day, I was thinking of…

Whiskey & Tea (Whiskey Tea Barmbrack)

Whiskey & Tea (Whiskey Tea Barmbrack)

Lazy Irish Afternoon There is something delicate and extraordinary about an Irish pub in the afternoon hours. Depending on whether you find yourself in a bustling Dublin pub, like the many I frequented while living there in the late 90’s, to a languid Galway pub…

Kerry Apple Cake

Kerry Apple Cake

Galway Girl On the west coast of Ireland is a magical place. Galway. The light is why. Irish light doesn’t move the way that light moves anywhere else–it is more fluid. I spent much time traveling from Dublin to Galway via train, and sometimes bus…

The Queen of Puddings (and Novels)

The Queen of Puddings (and Novels)

Her griddlecakes done to a golden-brown hue and queen Ann’s pudding of delightful creaminess had won golden opinions from all because she had a lucky hand also for lighting a fire, dredge in the fine self-raising flour and always stir in the same directions, then…

Berry Guinness Chocolate Cake

Berry Guinness Chocolate Cake

Black, White, & Red I’m a big White Stripes fan. In addition to the guitar, piano, bass, mandolin, etc. stylings of Mr Jack White, and his childlike wife/”sister” Meg, I loved the absolutes they focused on: anger, joy, and passion, in the form of the…

Spiced Rum Carrot Cake

Spiced Rum Carrot Cake

Brown Betties in Dublin Town The first time I had carrot cake was in the Bewley’s Cafe on Westmoreland Street in Dublin, Ireland. Bewley’s was a Dublin institution, founded in 1840 with various locations, including the one I frequented on Westmoreland. It was dark wood…

Irish Comfort (Beef & Guinness Stew)

Irish Comfort (Beef & Guinness Stew)

On Raglan Road On Raglan Road, in DECEMBER…I sat on the soft, blue upholstered seats of the Ballsbridge bus from central Dublin. I picked it up across the street from the Trinity College wall facing, Westmoreland Street? The one that connected the main way of…